IMAN CADER on business, Instagram, and modelling
BY KAYLA COLLETT
Hailing from Colombo, 19-year-old Iman Cader is a model by profession and currently studies business management at the Business Management School (BMS). She loves “creating content in travel, lifestyle, and even food” as her hobby and doubles up as an actress, having done commercials for well-known brands such as Sprite, Maggi, and Signal. A social media influencer who takes great pride in being named one of the top 50 social media influencers in Sri Lanka by Seven Media Group, Iman already has over 8,000 followers. She was also dubbed Miss Planet Sri Lanka 2020 as well as the first runner-up in Top Model Sri Lanka. What success! Iman is currently modelling and is building her following rapidly, and I had the opportunity to fire a few questions her way.
ÄÄ What advice would you give to anyone looking to start modelling in Sri Lanka?
The best piece of advice I could give someone entering the industry is that you should continue to make creative content and never restrict yourself to a certain brand as soon as you start out. Also, make sure brands do not exploit your vulnerability or skill. ALWAYS KNOW YOUR WORTH! In addition, always be willing to learn new things about your profession and industry from individuals who have better experience – this will take you a long way and help you grow individually as well as professionally.
ÄÄ What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy doing them?
My hobbies include singing, which I am now pursuing as a career, and also being a social media influencer, which has helped me create a platform to spread my message of the importance of individuals becoming independent and self-sufficient. Despite this, one of my all-time favourite hobbies is spending time with the people I love because they constantly remind me of what I am capable of and how much more I have to achieve in my life and my career.
ÄÄ When did you discover your interest in modelling and why?
Having grown up in a home where fashion was almost always the trending topic and having parents who were once prominent individuals in the fashion industry in Sri Lanka, it is only natural that I would be inclined to pursue a career in the same industry. Therefore, since I was very young, I grew an intense liking towards the idea of being a model and I have pursued that career.
ÄÄ When did you first start modelling?
My passion for modelling kicked off in October 2018, where despite being constantly restricted, I managed to break away from those barriers to focus on my dream. However, all these obstacles set me on the path to obtaining the one thing I have always wanted as a kid – to be a model!
ÄÄ What is the best thing about modelling in Sri Lanka?
Being a model in Sri Lanka is a blessing because by nature, Sri Lankans are always very helpful and generous. Hence, most people are always willing to help each other out with opportunities and advice. This tends to be very useful, especially when you have no idea as to how the industry functions or have trouble finding what type of content you should be creating. I love working in Sri Lanka since it is a culturally rich island and therefore there are so many concepts and talent I get to work with on a daily basis. So I never get bored of my job because it has made me develop an intense passion towards the profession itself. I love working in Sri Lanka since it is a culturally rich island and therefore there are so many concepts and talent I get to work with on a daily basis. So I never get bored of my job because it has made me develop an intense passion towards the profession itself
ÄÄ What is the worst thing about modelling in Sri Lanka?
I would say the worst thing about being a model in Sri Lanka is when people disregard and look down on the profession itself, let alone the individual. Also, it’s outrageous that many brands and individuals expect, or sometimes even demand, that models work for free or even an hour more than what they are being paid for. This is in no way acceptable, as only a model would know how much effort goes into their work.
ÄÄ Where do you see yourself in five years?
It’s really hard to say where I want to see myself in five years as I am still very young. I believe in seizing every opportunity I get. I also have many avenues I want to venture into before I decide for myself which I would like to settle with. This predominantly consists of my acting career, which I have limited only to TVCs (TV commercials) as of now, but hopefully would love to see how I can grow in this industry as well. But I am certain that despite whichever avenue I choose, I will take my name to international waters and definitely make my country proud in the process.
PHOTOS BIRENDRA FERNANDO PHOTOGRAPHY, DANUSHKA SENADEERA PHOTOGRAPHY/PULSE