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Daily Inspiration: Meet Zark S.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zark S..

Hi Zark, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Well I’m Zark, I’m a male model currently in the DMV area. I started modeling back when I was still in high school, doing local hair shows and catwalk classics, and then I did DC fashion week. Through that, I networked, met other models, photographers, and designers, and collaborated. As well as learn from them and continue to search for other opportunities in the area. Lana Rae is one of my favorite people to work with within the area. She’s amazingly talented and makes everybody feel super welcome!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, not a smooth road, but I guess anything worth achieving in life will not come easy, for example, my first manager in the area. She was honestly scamming me for money. I was barely hearing from her, maybe like once a month, once every two months and even the work she was providing was highly mediocre, unprofessional, and just downright a waste of time. However, I am still grateful for that experience because now I can easily spot those red flags within others and not waste my time in the future!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Pakistani male model specializing in runway, print, & editorial as well as commercial and live enactments. There are many, many things that I am proud of. Still, two things that come to mind would be getting to walk for HBO max for the “Future of Fashion” show at the Smithsonian and getting to shoot for JagerMeister’s holiday campaign, which was a tremendous experience! What sets me apart from others is I do not see a lot of Pakistani male models in the media, in magazines on TV, or anywhere really, and not any Pakistanis who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. I want to also shine a light on all my brothers and sisters who did not have the same opportunities and who would not dare come out & fight for a life they deserve. And honestly, I’m just doing this to make my younger self proud because I never even would’ve thought I would be doing what I am doing now, so I’m sure other children of color might be having similar doubts.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I loved reading Unlearn by Humble the Poet. That book is full of wisdoms and changed a lot about how I perceive life because it taught me how everything we’ve learned so far is a lie and heavily fabricated. We must break those barriers down to become our true authentic selves. We need to break Any social constructs or what the people around us might want us to think or do. Another book would be How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh. Her success story & how she started her career really resonated with me & some of the same issues I faced myself when I was younger. Plus, I love seeing a woman of similar background doing what she loves to do so boldly & proudly. And the co-star app, my friend got me to download it a couple of months ago and is honestly scary how on point it can sometimes be, but can also be assuring in case you ever think you’re lost.

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