“I love to wear comfortable clothes rather than fancy stuff.”
Haya AlObaid may be a successful model but for her, it’s far more than just a job. Read on to discover her beauty secrets, how she prepares for a shoot and why you will rarely see her wearing the colour beige.
Please tell us about yourself.
I am Haya, a girl from Kuwait. I am a TV host, a freelance fashion and beauty model and also a certified stylist.
Tell us about your education.
I studied business and banking in Kuwait and also have a business qualification from Australia.
When did you start modelling? What got you started?
I started in 2013 for a famous makeup artist in Kuwait. I started because many people thought I was very photogenic and would fit for beauty editorials and photo shoots. I gave it a try and since then it has been evolving and I regularly receive new projects.
Tell us about your modelling experience.
I started with beauty modelling and have done several projects with some of the biggest professional makeup artists from Kuwait and also in the GCC region. I also did fashion shoots for many local and regional fashion designers.
I have done shoots for different segments including an insurance company and luxury cars such as Porsche, Maserati and Cadillac and many other fashion brands.
How did you get interested in TV and hosting?
Because I was getting popular with many clients for my styling and beauty consultation, I was approached by a private local channel to bring this experience to TV. Since then, I have been invited to host many important events in Kuwait.
What are the hardest things about modelling?
According to me, nothing is difficult! Each project has its own requirements and challenges and I totally understand that. I always give my best to achieve the best results for my clients.
Who inspires you in your TV career, locally and internationally?
Locally, I am inspired by Eman Najem and internationally, Mona Abu Hamza from Lebanon. I really like her personality and admire her.
What’s your advice for young people who want to start modelling?
The only piece of advice is to not do it for the sake of a job. You need to feel it. Only if you can feel it, can you bring it out and it will be more rewarding and also the end results will be great.
How do you prepare for a role?
I always try to have a good sleep before any project and take good care of my skin.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a spa addict. I like to spend time at the spa to relax and unwind.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened while you were on set?
On my first TV appearance, unknowingly I was wearing a beige top. As I arrived, the director told me that it was not allowed as it gives a totally different look on the screen and is not acceptable. I was given such short notice to go and change and drove back home like crazy! I finally made it in the last moment.
What is your dream job or project?
My dream is to have my own business related to beauty and fashion and probably also a shooting studio, ideally all in one single place under one roof.
What do you feel is your biggest achievement?
I believe my biggest achievement is making a name for myself in the industry within a very short time. This in itself is an achievement.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
I am currently in discussions and working on doing a special independent TV show.
How would you describe your personal style?
Normal and sporty. I like to wear comfortable clothes rather than fancy stuff.
What are your beauty secrets?
I regularly take care of my skin by drinking lots of water and I use proper skincare. It is important to take good care of the skin both from inside and outside. I use proper vitamins to take care of it from inside and also good skin cleaning treatments.
Your favourite sport?
Yoga and dancing.
Your favourite music?
I am a great fan of jazz and often listen to it to relax.
Your favourite travel destination?
I love to travel to Germany.
Your favourite TV show?
E bil Arabi is an amazing show.
Your favourite food?
I love pasta and Italian cuisine in general.
Your favourite movie of all time?
I love Bollywood movies. My recent favourite is Salman Khan starring Bajrangi Bhaijaan. It so touching and the story is so great with a wonderful message.
Your message for us at CP Magazine?
I would like to thank CP Magazine for this interview. I am a great fan of the magazine and always like reading it. It has a special place in my heart because it was always with me throughout my career and I trust the magazine’s professionalism and details to work. I am optimistic that it will grow bigger day by day. I would also like to thank Mr. Jameel Arif for believing in me and always bringing out the best in my work. Thank you CP Magazine for choosing me on this special anniversary issue cover and I wish you many more successful years.
Photographed by: @m.hater
Styled and Directed by: @jameelarif
Makeup artist: Nadia Ramadhan @makeupnadia
Hair Stylist: Sara Shekho @hairstylesara