I studied graphic design and fashion at the University of the Arts London, more specifically Central Saint Martins where celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan and Stella McCartney studied.
I am a fashion and hair model. I am also a Brand Ambassador/model for a Canadian company.
I have just completed my legal education at BPP and worked for some well-known Barristers and shadowed QCs.
I am also an International teacher and have taught students from all over the world in many different areas of study including specialist software namely photoshop, illustrator, Indesign and difficult subjects such as law, business and English.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Amariya. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I think of myself as a unique individual with a lot of creative and intellectual talent. I have the abilities to draw and design yet equally I can put my intellect to use having just completed my legal educational studies.
Being a model is not just about appearances. It is also about being charismatic, being able to tell your story through the lens of the photographer and portray the story and emotions in an amazing shot. It is essential to have great interpersonal skills and a fantastic professional working relationship with all team members.
The key to success is to use your passion as a driving force along with intellect and alluring beauty.
Amariya, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My modelling career began in my twenties. I was asked to be a fashion model after my photographs on social media had caught attention.
Apart from modelling, I have achieved many things in life namely being a graphic designer, a great international teacher and studying law. My next ventures would be starting businesses. I have always had a desire to be successful no matter which direction I pursue in life. I aim high and have the strength, determination and will power to work hard, be diligent and attain my goals. No matter what your goals are in life, never give up. Perseverance is essential.
Who is your inspiration in life Amariya? How do you stay inspired as Model?
My greatest inspiration is my mother. She is a very strong lady and someone whom I would refer to as the Iron Lady. She has much life experience and is very wise, and I have her values and qualities instilled in myself, in particular, to be a very strong woman. A woman that can inspire other young girls in different industries to not give up, to believe in their dreams and strive to work hard to make them become a reality.
As a model, inspiration is all around us. We are influenced by what we see and hear in the media. Young girls, in particular, are influenced by societies idea of what is aesthetic and cosmetic surgery. It is even more so important for young girls to believe that to be a model; you should be healthy and as real as possible as you will be the future influence and role model for younger generations to come. Be bold and be beautiful.
We all make mistakes Amariya; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
Well, I would have to say that life throws you many hurdles. I never believed in myself enough and in my capabilities. Growing that confidence was the best thing I could have achieved, with time and maturity, my close friends were able to open my eyes to see just what I could achieve and the potential I had to unlock the success waiting for me around the corner.
Amariya, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I am a lot of experience in various industries such as the design, modelling, teaching and legal industries where working with clients is part and parcel every day. I am very professional and have a fantastic rapport with my clients. Some clients have even become friends and people I still keep in touch with to this day.
Please tell us Amariya, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Priority is a skill. The organisation is very important and being able to balance each is a skill in itself. I believe that work, social life, friends and family are all incredibly important aspects of one's life. Without one or another, life would seem less than roses, and with all, life is made to blossom and be much more happy and beautiful.
Amariya, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I recall whilst working in a law firm that work can be very demanding and rather intense. A colleague had an emergency and.was unable to attend work that day. There was a very crucial interview with a client, and there was nobody available to undertake this task. I had to persuade my manager to allow me to interview the client as I had the necessary experience. With some persuasion, and evidence of my work previously, my manager agreed on me to interview this important client under the supervision, and I had done so well that I had made such a positive impression for the client, the firm and the manager had even more faith and trust in me. The power of persuasion can be very useful.
Amariya, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
I have a very Western look, and modelling for a fashion company that is British and Canadian makes me break free from the norms of Asian modelling.
Amariya, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Being able to design a campaign against child abuse for my end of year show at the University of the Art London, I was headhunted by the curator of Waterman's Gallery near Kew Gardens to showcase my work in their exhibition. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised when I was asked by the curator to design the entire exhibition and website for the show. It was a gruelling few weeks of long days and burning midnight oil. Liaising with fellow team members, designing a Matrix theme for the exhibition and getting the layout of the exhibition organised with artists, designers and animators work on the show. The day finally arrived, and everything had fallen into place. Posters were up and advertised everywhere, the local radio was present, and the local MP had interviewed me. I was congratulated on a fantastic Matrix logo, the quality of the website and my chosen graphic design work on display. I was highly praised for my involvement in the making of the exhibition that had come to life. All the challenges and tight time constraints seemed nothing more than worth every moment to see the look of amazement on the opening night.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
"Do not follow the crowd and stay true to yourself". Amariya M Chauhan
This is true. Being a successful model takes individuality, focus, success and determination. Don't let anybody ever knock you down and always keep positive to build your future and your name.
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