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Jorja Naidu

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- a periwinkle paradox

SO WHAT NOW JORJA?

Well I have been on a gap year doing different jobs for the past 2 years, but will be starting university in Sydney this July.

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU START MODELING?

Modeling wasn’t something I had really considered, but last year I had a challenge for myself to get me out of my comfort zone that if something intimidate­d me, I had to do it. I was asked to model for Fiji Fashion Week, and that was the first show I ever walked for. My first ever was a few months after that, and it’s only been upward and onward from there!

YOU ARE THE BREAKOUT STAR OF THE INDUSTRY THIS YEAR. LIKE FOR ICONIC SUPERMODEL LINDA EVANGELIST­A IN THE 90S, THE CHANGE WAS IN THE HAIR... WAS THIS PHYSICAL CHANGE A CATALYST FOR YOU IN ANY WAY?

I went bald in 2015, for Bald for a Cause at my internatio­nal college in India, so suddenly having short hair wasn’t as big a shock as it would be for some people... making it blonde did though, as a natural brunette. But strangely, yes, it gave me a change of attitude; I looked different, I felt different and as an actor, I think I just subconscio­usly adapted to this new persona, and I liked the punk-pixie look I was rocking!

WHAT IS FASHION TO YOU?

In my opinion, fashion is an art, and a physical and outward expression of one’s self-identity. Everyone has their own style.

IS MODELING SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO/PURSUE?

I’m planning on studying business in event management and acting, and I had plans of modeling in local shows like the Festival or Style Fiji whenever I could, but I hadn’t expected such a positive outcome from fashion platforms overseas! So if there’s an opportunit­y for me to do it wherever I can, yes, I’d love to continue it!

IS MODELING AN EXTENSION OF ACTING FOR YOU?

Definitely! I first thought modeling was about looking pretty, but I learnt quickly that it’s a lot to do with expression and basically silent acting, there’s moods and themes you have to portray, and having only one expression won’t help you do that.

YOU’RE ALSO AN FFF TEAM MEMBER, HOW WAS THIS DUAL RESPONSIBI­LITY FOR YOU? LEARNING THE ROPES AND WALKING THE RUNWAY.

Crazy. Actual mayhem. Running on minimum sleep, food, maximum coffee and mind constantly double checking everything. But I LOVED it. I love feeling the stress from an event I’m passionate about, and if there’s stress, it means it’s going amazing, in my opinion (no stress = no problems = no interest). I learnt so much about the event, people, business, fashion and myself. I also had a fantastic team around me, so it really doesn’t feel like a job.

DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE STYLE?

I don’t think I do, my style is just what catches my eye and what I like. When I was a kid, I wanted to go through different style phases: hippy, goth, trendsette­r chic, punk-rock... until I realised that financiall­y, it wouldn’t work out. So it’s a bit of a mix of everything (thank you, thrift shops!)

WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

My favourite colour right now (it changes every few years by only a few shades) is periwinkle. It’s bright and bubbly but also deep and mysterious, and I like to think that I’m a bit of both.

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