24 Jun Aghaye Model: Mozart
“Aghaye” in Persian means “Mister”, and our model of the month is hailed all the way from Tehran, Iran.
A model with a sense of humour, is definitely one who is fun to work with. Mozart is one such model – with his strikingly good looks and a great personality to match. It’s no wonder that he is becoming a favourite among designers to model their clothes.
Mozart grew up in a family of 5 boys, with a businessman father and a housewife mother. Enjoying art from a young age, Mozart is often perplexed at how he has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). After all, his interests range from music to playing instruments, to movies and books.
Back home, Mozart dabbled in the modelling industry but never saw it as a full-time career until he arrived on Malaysian soil. Luck was on his side as a friend introduced him to two gentlemen, both of which were fashion designers – an Italian and Singaporean respectively. After getting his measurements done and completing a few tests, Mozart got his big break to walk the runway for both brands. This opportunity opened more doors for him in Malaysia, allowing him to meet other models and designers. Despite his achievements, Mozart keeps his feet firmly planted on the ground, making sure to allow himself to learn from other models because humility is the road to success. Receiving tips on how to walk and pose, among other things, helped grow Mozart as a model. Slowly but surely, Mozart built his profile and made a name for himself in the industry from going to modelling and talent agencies.
Although modelling seems like a glamorous job, the challenges behind are very real. Many agencies have high volumes of models, along with the growing number of freelance models results in high competition, which makes winning a job very difficult. And more so for a male model because they have to constantly stay fit. Some designers prefer a more built and bulky look, while others prefer a slim body. As a result, Mozart has to constantly look after his figure in order to keep his body suitable for the industry’s needs. Going to the gym and controlling his diet is a normal day-to-day occurrence. Behind all the nice clothes, posing and heavy makeup is the gruelling workout regimes to shift your look from dapper to built in a short amount of time, not to mention the 50 outfit changes in less than 5 hours during shoots.
Mozart is grateful for the support and help that he has been receiving all these years from his family and peers, who has helped shape him into the person he is today.
We managed to ask Mozart some fun questions. Check it out below.
If you were not a model, what career would you like to pursue?
Definitely being a movie director, screenplay writer or an actor, these are my dream jobs. Cinema is my favourite industry, and I hope one day I can totally shift to that line.
Tell us about two of your favourite hobbies.
First would be writing. I love to write fantasy and comedy genre. I do believe I have talent in both. Who knows, maybe this year I will publish a book. Wish me luck!
I love to watch movies too. I do believe that movies are the most attractive, yet compact entertaining tool.
In your opinion, what's the best Malaysian food?
Ow, I love Asam Laksa! Especially the ones from streets of Penang. Believe me if I stay in Penang, I cannot continue modelling. I know that I would turn to a big fat man after a short while.