We caught up with gorgeous Malaysian model Atikah Karim. Atikah talks about her skin colour was a problem in the Malayasian market. But there was hope for her in America/Europe. She got scouted by her current MA and has been busy working in American/European Markets. She fits in like butter. She has been seen walking for Y Project, Lemaire, Koche, etc etc. You may have seen her on Topshop website, Jigsaw, or maybe Warehouse, etc. This is Atikah, a cool girl to watch. Aquarius and she’s rising to the top. Read her interview with StyleCartel below.
Full Name: Dg Nur Atikah Binti Karim
Where from/background: Kota Kinabalu sabah, Malaysia
Social Media: @tiksg
Agencies: One.1 – NY, M+P – London, Viva – Berlin, Metropolitan – Paris, IMM – Brussels, Book Manangement – Montreal
City Based In: New York
SC: How were you discovered?
Atikah: I joined a very small beauty pageant competition when I was 16. I didn’t won anything, back then in my hometown they only think if you’re fair you’re pretty. They didn’t appreciate my skin tone. So from there, I started to do the small jobs in my hometown Kota Kinabalu. I then, joined this competition that Ford Models organized in Malaysia. I won it, and then I was suppose to fly to New York to compete with other countries. Unfortunatley, in 2011 Ford Models was changing their orwnership and has cancelled it. After that happened, I just stayed in Malaysia and continued my studies. Then everything changed. 3MModels scouted me through my boyfriend that knows one of the scouters Valeska.
SC: What has been your favourite modelling career moment so far?
Atikah: Walking for Kenzo!! They casted all Asians. And of course traveling around for jobs and staying in nice hotels!
SC: Which city would you explore next?
Atikah: Barcelona, Spain !!!
SC: Skincare tips?
Atikah: Sleep early and drink lots of water. It’s a must to remove make up and wash your face before going to sleep.
SC: What about relationships as a model? (Boyfriends, dating, friends etc)
Atikah: I’ve been with my model/photographer boyfriend for 5 years now Danny Lim .
He helped me a lot in the beginning of my career we’re Malaysian. We living together in New York for 4 years now 🙂
SC: What is your favourite city to work in or worked?
SC: Who is your dream designer to walk or work for?
Atikah: I’d love to walk for Givenchy , Balenciaga and Prada.
SC: Any music artists you recommend?
Atikah: Jonas Rathsman
SC: What do you think about fashion including all sizes/genders?
Atikah: I feel like everyone can be a model now.
SC: What is your day like? (Walk is through a day in your life)
Atikah: I’m a morning person. So if I have a job, I would wake up like 4 hours before my calltime. I’d make my tea, and eat my breakfast, shower then I’m off to work. Just right before I’m about to finish my work; I’ll try to make plans w my bf either to cook at home or eat out.
SC: What is currently you favourite wardrobe piece 🙂
Atikah: My 5€ blazer and my vintage Dior!
SC: If you had an investor what would you invest your money in?
Atikah: Open a Malaysian restaurant! And of course buy a property and do Airbnb.
SC: What was your childhood like?
Atikah: I had a hard times while in high school. Honestly I got bullied by group of boys calling me mean words. I’m naturally skinny , emo kid and tall. I was dark in general but darker because back then I used to play Netball. They called me “emo hitam / tiang hitam” which in english means black emo /skinny black pole.
SC: How do you feel about moving around so much for work?
Atikah: I don’t like it. I like my work but to be honest living only with my luggage isn’t any fun at all.
SC: In what city would you settle?
Atikah: Maybe in Europe!! I’m just not sure which part yet 🙂
SC: What are you listening to right now?
Atikah: Techno Deep House