For up-and-coming model Mariam Aluede, modelling means that she can be herself and have fun. And through modelling, Aluede hopes to inspire others that are considering stepping into the industry. When off-duty, the Sudanese model also studies architecture and DJs. Aluede talks to us about her personal style, who she wants to work with in the industry, and what is next.
Where are you from and where do you consider to be home?
I am originally from Juba, Sudan and moved to Nairobi, Kenya, before moving to the UK when I was young. I consider both areas to be home as I still visit both.
How did you get involved in modelling?
People have suggested modelling to me from a young age. When the time was right, I took the action in getting myself involved and here I am. After building a connection with friends within the industry, I got signed to my current agency.
What does modelling mean to you?
To me, modelling means being myself and having the best time doing it. Modelling also means that I can be that role model that others can look up to if they are considering becoming a model themselves. I enjoy meeting all the different people on set, and also learning so much about fashion and how important fashion is to everyone.
If you weren’t modelling, what do you think you would be doing instead and why?
There are so many choices, but I would have definitely tried out fashion photography or art direction. I think they’re rather cool.
Where is your favourite place in the world that you have modelled so far and where are your
My favourite place in the world is Paris, and I remember being there for work and having the best time ever with so many other people. I am looking forward to working in other cities in the future as I do enjoy travelling. Currently I’m based in London - a city full of excitement and opportunities.
What is your favorite modelling moment so far?
I don’t necessarily have a favourite modelling moment yet. I guess I would say my favourite moments are working with super fun people. I recently did an editorial and everyone on set was fun to be around and we laughed all day and listened to old school music on set.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love mixing up my style, but I would call it classy, cool and chic. At the moment, I am obsessed with
What is your “go-to” model off-duty outfit?
My go-to model off-duty outfit includes sneakers, oversized pieces (such as a blazer) with a fitted cropped top whilst either wearing flared jeans or leather trousers. If it’s cold, I’d chuck on a hoodie. I like to keep it cosy, but cool.
More generally, is there a brand or creative in the industry that you really want to work with? If so, who and why?
I’d love to work with many brands and creatives. However, I would most definitely want to work with Prada because I adore them.
Tell us about some of your goals outside of modelling.
I am currently studying Architecture outside of modelling as well as enhancing my DJing skills.
What are you working on next?
I am working on keeping super fit and healthy as well as attending as many castings as possible. I’m
hoping to stay booked and busy in the new year and will be taking on exciting opportunities that come my way.