Every one of us is not lucky enough to be successful in every field which we explore. Only few people are blessed with such talent. Nadia Hussain in one such blessed lady who earned fame in all the different fields she entered. She is a woman of excellence who earned name as a super model, actress & host of Pakistan fashion and showbiz industry. She started modelling when she was 19. She studied dentistry but never practiced it. According to her she started modelling during her studies and made it a career after completing her studies. She is the only Pakistani model to be chosen for the Sarajevo Fashion Week. She was even selected for Bridal Asia in India. Recently, she launched her saloon ‘NH salon & medspa’ in Karachi. In an exclusive interview with Sunday Plus she talks about her career, professional life and above all shares many facts about her saloon for which she is feeling very excited these days. Following are excerpts of the interview:

Q: Starting from recent venture, tell us something about ‘NH salon & med spa’.

My salon that has just opened a month ago is by the name of "Nadia Hussain salon & clinic" and "Radiance" is part of all the different services provided, e.g. hair, makeup, manicure, pedicure plus then my clinic procedures which are treatments with Botox, fillers, acne cure, pigmentation treatment etc.

Q: When did you first become interested in cosmetics?

Since I have a degree in dental, I thought it would be good to extend my scope by getting knowledge about aesthetic treatments too. So I could start a salon/clinic related to beauty because I knew I cannot continue modelling forever.

Q: Are you using some special products in your saloon?

I'm only using branded products e.g. Loreal, Dermalogica, Isabelle Lancray, Restylane etc

Q: What is beauty and how do you define it?

Outer beauty is surely a perception... What should be good is your inner self.

Q: What is protein treatment for hair and what is its advantage?

There are two kinds of protein treatments... One is just a simple basic protein mask massage which makes hair soft and manageable... The other is keratin treatment which is more of a permanent treatment to control excessive frizziness.

Q: Dark circles around eyes, acne on face, scars on heel are very common phenomena among ladies. What are its reasons and can be cured?

Reasons can be various but yes there are treatments which need to be continued regularly for results to show.

Q: Why do we do makeup?

Makeup for me is to enhance features rather than to overdo them with excessive makeup.

Q: What makes your saloon different from others?

I believe that I'm providing quality service with a good price.

Q: You have hosted, acted and modelled in videos and now a saloon; why such diversification?

Everybody diversifies when they enter this field. It's just the norm; going from one place to another. The more exposure one gets, the more popularity and hence more income too.

Q: Which is more close to your heart – acting, hosting, modelling or fashion designing?

I would definitely say acting.

Q: In a short span of time, you have made your mark as one of the top models of Pakistan. What is the secret of this success – good luck or hard work?

It's definitely a mixture of both... Good luck since I got to work with the right people and hard work since there's no shortcut to success.

Q: What is fun and rewarding about modelling?

Definitely the high when you are on the ramp and people look up to you and praise you plus the fact that if you are good then you also get paid well.

Q: What do you dislike about modelling?

Now the quality of models has gone down tremendously.

Q: What distinguishes a good model from a bad one?

Height, physique, confidence, intelligence and personality.

Q: What distinguishes a good photographer from a bad one?

A good photographer captures the right angles, mood and light.

Q: What are some of the main differences between runway and photographic modelling?

For runway, height is important.

Q: How does a public figure manage to keep a private life?

It's totally depends on you, but my life has so far been quite private. It's also about how much one wants to show off.

Q: It is said that there is no business like show business. It captivates you and you simply get addicted. It is very difficult to leave showbiz. What are your views?

Yes that's very much true since fame and recognition become a big part of one’s life and then the fortunes come along with that.

Q: What is the public's biggest misconception about female models?

That perhaps they're dumb and easy to manipulate.

Q: What is one thing that people don't understand about you?

Perhaps that I'm actually not a proud and haughty person.

Q: How do you perceive fashion? And how it is different from style?

Fashion is just the latest trends but style is what you incorporate into that trend and make your own statement.

Q: Do you think our fashion industry is moving in the right direction?

Yes definitely it is... With so many fashion weeks, there is a lot of opportunity for new talented designers to showcase their collections and then with organisations they also end up showcasing abroad.

Q: How does it feel to represent Pakistan abroad?

It's always a good feeling since no one believes that I'm Pakistani.

Q: Do you think that the average Pakistani has good sense of fashion?

No we don't have a good sense of fashion.

Q: How was the experience of working in plays?

It's always been great to be able to play a character that you are not in real life.

Q: How did your career enrich your personal life in anyway?

It definitely gave me more confidence.

Q: Do you think models depict an unrealistic picture of women in reference to weight and beauty?

Yes perhaps they do but in Pakistan, models are not as thin and gaunt as abroad and we still look more human than anorexic.

Q: What do you dislike/hate about the fashion industry?

The timings can get very late.

Q: What’s your top tip for the girl at home trying to look fresh and ready to go in 10 minutes?

A good concealer, little blush, lipstick and mascara

Q: Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring make-up artists?

Practice, practice, observe & practice

Q: Do you have any plan to open your saloon in other cities as well?

I've just started in Karachi recently but Insha'Allah plans to start in other cities is there but not yet.

Q: What advice do you have for other aspiring models?

Like I said earlier, there is no shortcut to success.

Q: What is in the pipeline?

My salon that has started "NH salon & medspa" where I provide all beauty related services including hair, makeup, facials, mani pedi and Botox fillers etc, plus my designing and clothes label NH pret where I'm designing more cut oriented clothes rather than the typical heavy traditional kind of stuff.

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Your biggest asset: up-to-date my salon

You wish you could: fly

Your worst nightmare: not being successful

One thing you hate about yourself: my hair

Something you would like to remember: my early 20s were a blast

Your strength: my patience

Your weakness: my kids

Something that you are strongly possessive about: my goals

Where do you generally shop: anywhere I find a good bargain

When feeling low you prefer: to go out

Your message: come to my salon to avail fantastic packages