Strength, endurance, and stamina. Words which could easily describe an all-star Olympic athlete but also the hard working, Nasiha Nassurudin (@nasiha_nass).
As part two of our one week of Zahara Warriors International Women’s Day tribute, we are pleased to present Nasiha as one our lovely candidates.
Her Instagram feed is littered with fire 🔥 pictures of her intricate makeup artwork, her having fun being a mommy, and of course her kicking butt in the gym! We were in such spectacle at the amazing makeup pieces Nasiha creates but she has shown that there is more to her than what you see at face value.
Get to know the strength and genuine care Nasiha has for her family and her students. She is definitely a dime in a dozen! Read on to find out more...
Zahara: What makes a strong woman?
One who fights against stereotypes and expectations, but realistic. Selfless but knows when to be selfish. One who knows it’s ok to be fragile sometimes, as there will always be better days ahead.
Zahara: Who is a strong woman you look up to?
My mother who raised three daughters single-handedly.
Zahara: Where do you find inspiration for your makeup art?
There’s inspiration in everything I see, be it my favourite makeup artists, or that colourful billboard I passed by on my way home.
What are some of your accomplishments you are proud of?
Survived 4 years being in a foreign land, juggling work and university at the same time making many memories along the way.
Secondly, discovering my creative side! I never knew I had it in me to be able to express myself through makeup. Having said that, it did take a lot of practice and still, there’s so much more to learn.
Lastly, my husband and I had a challenging start of our marriage when my mother in law fell sick around our wedding reception date. There were many downs, but we made it through.
Zahara: How important is staying creative to you?
Very important as it helps keep me sane! The process itself is a search of knowledge i.e how colours work together, different strokes of the brushes and textures etc
Zahara: How has being a mother changed you?
It taught me how to be better in managing my time and schedule. Procrastination doesn’t exist in your dictionary once you become a mother.
It also changed the way I look at my body and how I treat it.
Eating healthy is not only important for my child, but also for myself. Exercising and healthy food choices actually give me the energy & strength I need to go about my days.
Lastly, being a mother made me realize that if I can handle childbirth without epidural, I can endure almost anything- that’s why I’ll be joining a race in April to test my strength, agility and will power.
Zahara: You also work with children on the weekends. Could you tell me a little bit more about what you do?
Teaching is something I have been doing for almost 10 years. I started teaching English even before I went to New Zealand to pursue my studies.
I specialize in secondary education but I find that I love being around children more! My kids make me happy. They speak their minds, albeit too honest sometimes haha! (i.e “Miss Nas your hair looks weird”) but they are very forgiving. I love seeing the fascination in their faces whenever I bring in new knowledge. It’s also fun to hear the wonderful stories they bring into the classroom. Always look forward to seeing them every weekend!
Zahara: Who are your support system?
My sisters, my best friends, my mother, my husband and my gym family!
What change would you like to see in this world?
People being kinder to one another, especially on the internet.
Zahara: Where can we find you to keep up with all your amazing work?
My makeup account on Instagram @nasiha_nass
Zahara: If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Cloning powers so I can be at several places at a time! OR the ability to add more hours to a day!
Zahara: What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Anything and everything she wants...without being told or forced to do it.
Zahara: Complete this sentence: A beautiful woman is someone who...
Feels confident about herself- doesn’t matter how she achieves being confident. Either through the amount of makeup she has on her face, through plastic surgery, clocking hours at the gym or through the way she dresses up. It doesn’t matter what others say or think. Just as long as she FEELS beautiful.
Now, THAT is a strong woman! Thank you for celebrating International Women’s Day with us, at Zahara we are in full support of us women and girls that we will be celebrating this whole week!
We are so proud of Nasiha and her journey in life we will definitely be following her closely and keeping an eye out for her next makeup look!
Be sure to come back again tomorrow where we will be getting to know a multi-talented Zahara Warrior that has been a great supporter for women and her community!
Till next time!
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