Get to Know: Shahnaz Indira, the First Indonesian Curvy Model in London Fashion Week

Shahnaz Indira is an Indonesian first curvy model to ever appear in London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2023. Shahnaz was born in Jakarta, 27 Mei 2004. Before starting her modeling career, she admitted that she was bullied because of her body shape and nose. She said that people often call her ‘pig nose’. Even so, Shahnaz still proves that every woman is beautiful. Starting her modeling career in 2021, Shahnaz has done so many works, from walking on the catwalk for local Indonesian brands, photoshoots for ready-to-wear, to photoshoots for skincare.

Source: @shahnaz.indira Instagram

The 18 years old girl is a part of Ivy Models agency that is based in Jakarta. She was scouted through the ClubHouse application. After that, with her wonderful pose and catwalk talent, she finally got casted by the agency. After joining Ivy Models, she was offered a casting and joined the international agency, Milk Model Management that is based in London. The opportunity was immediately accepted by leaving for London in early September 2022. She participated in several castings for London Fashion Week until she was finally chosen to wear Simone Rocha’s clothing collection.

Source: @shahnaz.indira Instagram

Simone Rocha is a famous Irish fashion designer. She is the daughter of fashion designer John Rocha. Rocha received the British Womenswear Designer Award as well as the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Designer of Year Award. Shahnaz admitted that she was nervous when she started her international career, especially since she represented Indonesia as the first plus size model to walk at London Fashion Week. Even so, her confidence helped her through the challenge. In Shahnaz’s instagram account, she expressed her feelings about being a model for Simone Rocha’s collection is like a dream come true.

“My heart was so full, will never forget this moment???? My first international debut for @simonerocha_ SS 2023 at @londonfashionweek,” Said Shahnaz.

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Shahnaz is the proof that people of all shapes and sizes can be beautiful, she helps to redefine our understanding of what it means to be beautiful. Not only representing a more realistic standard of beauty, she also proves that models can be just as successful as the other straight-size counterparts

Written by Apta Maheswari

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