Interviews / Stories
Interview: Miss Florida World 2016 Ramina Ashfaque, (USA)
Can you tell us a little about you and future plans?
I am currently a senior at Florida International University to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree. I personally believe that it is every girls dream to become a model or actress and I am no exception to that. My life took a dramatic turn two years ago when I decided to stop thinking and put my dreams into action. I initially pursued the entertainment industry just for fun, but I still can’t believe the reaction I got! Now that I am pursuing something very close to my heart, I take it very seriously and have developed a very strong work ethic and make my best effort to make this dream of mine come true. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed at night, my focus is purely on accomplishing my goals. Over time I have also developed a strong entrepreneurial ambition that I am actively pursuing. I have always wanted to create something of my own that I can share with the world. It has been said that success is 1% idea and 99% determination. I have always put my full efforts in everything I have taken on be it my modeling career, my education, and my family, and plan to do the same in my journey towards becoming an entrepreneur. After traveling the world and meeting people from all walks of life I have gained many experiences that have helped with my creativity and I plan to materialize that so that I can share my experiences with the world. But besides that I have also been involved with and working towards acting which is the ultimate goal.
What do you think of the work as a model?
It is a lot of fun but also a lot more work than people think haha!
What is your beauty regimen?
When I wake up in the morning I wash my face with Noxema which is cheap drugstore brand but it is my favorite and I moisturize with something that has SPF, and then at night I do pretty much the same thing with an occasional mask and a moisturizer without SPF along with an eye cream. I try not to wash my hair every day to prevent it from drying out, which is what keeps it healthy. Also when I get out of the shower I put coconut oil all over my body because of how nourishing it is. As far as makeup goes, for foundation even after trying almost every high end brand I ALWAYS go back to using L’Oréal Infallible Pro-matte. I have dark circles so concealer is a must have for me and my favorite is the Maybelline dark circle eraser. Then I end it with mascara and a nice nude lip!
How did you start modeling?
It all just started with someone wanting to take photos of me and then one thing led to another from fashions shows to print work to two magazine covers! I also got into pageantry and did several and now I am currently Miss Florida World 2016.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
It was very shortly after I did Miss Pakistan World last year that I was sent to Taiwan for an international pageant. It was an amazing experience to travel to a part of the world I have never been to before and meeting many wonderful different people that I wouldn't have if it wasn't for the pageant. Everyone there spoke a different language, but we were all able to connect with each other and develop a strong bond. Being in a new environment, I was able to learn more about their culture all while teaching them my own. Though these girls were from different parts of the world, we were all the same people with the same goals and ambitions. I am able to say I have made a friend in 79 other countries! All of the girls took part in multiple photoshoots. We were also involved in multiple charity events in which we payed a visit to the Chensenmei Family Land, which was a care center for the mentally challenged, then raised money for the charity in Downtown Taoyuan. We also visited a care home/ hospital for the elderly where we exercised and danced with those who could be mobile. It was an incredibly rewarding experience overall.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Some advice I can give is that if there is something that you are truly passionate about that makes you happy, the best decision for you will always be to pursue it. In our lives, we tend to consider outside factors like what people will think and whether it will stick or not, but at the end of the day your happiness should be your main priority. It is never too late to pursue your dreams. Learn to be comfortable and confident in your own skin and success will follow.
What do you think of the magazine?
There are lots of beautiful and accomplished women in it and I am honored to be part of it! Thank you.