Former model picked to feature in SG50 2015 calendar

Former model picked to feature in SG50 2015 calendar

She was a prominent face in the modelling scene in the 1990s and was among the top supermodels in Singapore then.

Touted as former model Hanis Hussey's protege, Huda Ali, the ASEAN Model Search 1993 second runner-up, started modelling at the age of 15 after she was discovered by Hanis.

She went on to enjoy a glittering career.

Back in the day, Huda was picked by haircare brand Vidal Sassoon and frequently fronted the covers of now-defunct local lifestyle magazine Go.

She recently appeared in a new SG50 2015 calendar that was a collaboration between Elle Singapore magazine and ION Orchard.

The calendar, which came with the January issue of the magazine, also features former top models like Lum May Yee, Wendy Jacobs, Junita Simon and Irin Gan.

It has been over a decade since Huda left her full-time modelling career.

In 2002, she left Singapore for Milan where she was offered a press relations position at English fashion designer Neil Barrett's company.

She considers that career switch within the fashion industry one of her greatest accomplishments, and held the position until she moved back here a few years ago.

"You can't model forever and for me, it was a step ahead in fashion, working hand-in-hand with a top designer.

"That was a breakthrough in my career. It was something I had always wanted to do," she told The New Paper.

These days, Huda, 39, devotes her energy towards her only child, four-year-old Raoul, with her Italian entrepreneur husband in Singapore. She moved back here after her son was born in 2011.

She also helps with her husband's Italy-based fashion distribution business which sees him on frequent business trips to Milan.

Looking back, one of the things Huda said she learnt from her modelling experience was that it was okay to make mistakes in her youth.

"A lot of people told me I was getting big-headed. I was at the peak of my career from when I was 15 till I was in my early 20s and at that age, the success can be overwhelming.

"But I grew up and learnt that you have to always work hard to prove yourself," she said.

Comparing the scene then and now, she thinks that things have become "more serious".

"Back in the 1990s, we did jumps and acrobatics... it was that crazy.

"Nowadays, people are getting way too serious about fashion but it takes us ahead and it places us as the front runners in the region.

"Still, humour is important for everything in life," she said.

On reuniting with her peers for the SG50 calendar, Huda said she jumped at the chance to work with familiar faces.

"I was a bit sceptical when contacted but when I found out all the girls would be in it, I said 'Hell, yeah!'.

Posing for the camera again was just like old times.

"It's not like we had to do acrobatics and flying sequences so we all felt comfortable and confident.

"The preparation came naturally. I was doing it with my best friends so it was not unfamiliar territory," she said.

TOUGHEST JOB

Huda said she does not miss modelling at all.

Her son keeps her busy - motherhood, she insisted, is the toughest job of her life.

"I'm kind of a control freak who needs to know what I need to do in the next hour, next five minutes."

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