POST SHOOT INTERVIEW WITH NADIA ABOULHOSN
Damaged / Goods: What led you to originally pursue a career in modeling?
Nadia Aboulhosn: I sort of just rocked with it when it was happening. I modeled once for Seventeen Magazine and then won an American Apparel model search shortly after that. I didn't consider myself an actual model until years later even after people and magazine features labeled me one. I don't think I ever really said I was one because I'm only 5ft 3in and most people would turn their heads as soon as they saw that. It wasn't something like "oh I always wanted to be a model" it was never that. It was more like, this is building up of a portfolio to something bigger which led to bigger opportunities which then led to using that money to fund what I really wanted which was my own clothing line. I also don't want to be just one thing. I realize there are a lot of things I'm able to be without being labeled just one thing.
Damaged: Tell us about your new clothing brand By Nadia Aboulhosn ?
Nadia: By Nadia Aboulhosn is basically a collection of pieces I want and make them come to life. I launched it officially January '17 but its been in the works for a good minute.
Damaged: Why Los Angeles?
Nadia: By Nadia Aboulhosn is just the name of the brand but I let people know I'm here in Los Angeles for now developing these pieces. I really wouldn't be in LA for any other reason. I decided to move everything out here for a few years until I really build a character and name for this brand. I also didn't want to develop my pieces over seas. I think ethical fair paying work is important and it's also important for me to oversee everything that's going on right now, especially so early in. I'm a Virgo and the biggest perfectionist I know so I micromanage everything.
Damaged: Who is the woman that you design for?
Nadia: Any and every girl, I'm also planning to make men's clothes soon. That's one of the reasons why I wanted my own line. I couldn't get brands to let me design full range collections with them so I did it on my own. It's pretty crazy how the universe works to be honest. I really wanted to keep designing collections with other brands even longer ( I still want to and eventually will ). I think I was lowkey afraid to start my own line because 7 years ago I was denied in to fashion school because I couldn't draw. I guess I was somewhat insecure and worried for it to release so I kept holding it off and holding it off more. I also knew most of my life had to take a backseat while I dropped this line because it takes up more time than you think. My schedule was so crazy then I didn't think I could handle it but I guess sometimes you're forced to handle things and leave comfort zones for the bigger picture.
Damaged: Who would you say is your ultimate fashion inspiration?
Nadia: Rihanna, Virgil Abloh, and Jerry Lorenzo. Inspiration as in their unapologetic and they do whatever they want with fashion. They don't wait around for something to be dope to then follow and do it. They create and just hope people love it versus creating things people already love.
Damaged: Favorite fashion brands?
Nadia: Fear of God & off white
Damaged: Tell us how being a plus size model has helped your career?
Nadia: Being a model was one of the ways I stepped in to the fashion industry. Well, blogging because that was my first job and then modeling became a part of the brand too. It helped me take the next step to where I wanted to be and helped push the industry forward to being a little more accepting to girls with different body types ( back then when there wasn't a lot of thicker girls in the public eye ). Now the industry has more plus size girls but there still needs to be more diversity. It did really help me though build great relationships with some amazing brands like Addition Elle and boohoo who I modeled for originally and then did capsule collections with.
Damaged: What is your ultimate goal with By Nadia Aboulhosn ?
Nadia: Build it in to an empire. Make clothes for men and women. Make shoes eventually. Have random pop up shops. Be able to design alongside other brands doing mini collections. That would be dope.
What's your damage?
Nadia: I feel I've become the person I am today by a lot of life events, small and big. The small things that happen to me lead up to a bigger more revolutionary change with me. Biggest challenge is recognizing I'm okay with where I'm at and acknowledging small successes. I always want more for myself and feel I'm never doing enough so I can get hard on myself.