Fashion: Exclusive Interview With New York Based Model - Amir Shaygan [OTSM'S Male Model Of The Month].

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Tell Us more about yourself and your personal Background.
Hi All, I am Amir, I am originally from Iran. The first time I came to the USA was in 2017. I came here with a 6-month Visa and 6 months turned into 3 years.
Lol! I can imagine, So how did you first get into modeling? And how long have you been modelling? 
I got scouted for modelling by a clothing brand on Instagram when I was 22 years old in Tehran. Suddenly Modelling led to acting where I got booked for two movies. In a nutshell, I have been modelling for 8 years.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I love being in front of the camera. It makes me feel different and creative. It’s my dream job.
What’s your most memorable shoot since the start of your career? 
My first photoshoot ever was definitely the most memorable because I had no idea what I was doing. Haha! I was so scared and nervous. I remember the photographer walking me through different ideas and poses to help me get and feel more comfortable. I’ve been a posing master ever since.
What are the pros of being a model in the fashion industry today?
Modeling has become so diverse. Fashion isn’t about the color of your skin or the gender you were born with. It’s about you as a person. Even for myself, I am a Persian man from Iran who has come to New York to live my dream.
And Cons?....
It’s a really competitive industry. There are so many people, especially in New York, who want to be models.
What do you consider your biggest professional success so far?
My biggest professional success is honestly where I started from to where I am now. I moved to New York by myself, not knowing anyone. Just because I had a following in Iran, didn’t mean that I would have one here. It wasn’t easy at first, but I’m still here.
What were the Major Milestones that gave you that extra motivation boost to pursue modelling as a career?
There were times where I seriously thought about leaving modelling in the past. It’s a tough market to be in. You’re not always guaranteed to get a job. But, I would always stop and think to myself “You’ve come this far. You cannot give up!”
What are your other passions outside of modeling?
I love acting and singing.
What are some of your best tips for someone who wants to break into the modeling world?
There is only one advice I would give you because it's the same advice I would give myself - Just be yourself.
Any upcoming projects you are working on?
I am waiting to hear back from 2 jobs that I’m on hold for. So fingers crossed.
Wow, that's nice, I am keeping my fingers crossed for you too. What are your future goals, dreams and plans?
I would love to create my own fashion brand.
If you could change anything about the fashion and modelling industry what would it be?
That’s a really tough question. I think fashion and modeling are slowly evolving. They should continue to give more people chances in the industry. They need to keep designing clothes for all shapes and sizes. They should Continue on the path of diversity.
I completely agree with you, I believe we are all equal and should all be treated as such, no one is better than the other, yes some people get lucky and have the right connections in the fashion and modeling industry however I feel the chances of everyone having a chance to chase and achieve their dreams should be equal regardless of one's skin colour or ethnicity. Okay I really need to ask this -  How often do you Work out and what are some of your best Health and Fitness Tips?
I work out at least 4-5 times a week. I make sure to always eat breakfast, have a big lunch and for dinner something light. Never go to bed with a really full stomach.
Since the start of your career what has been the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome?
Moving to a country not knowing anyone and only knowing very little English.
What’s the biggest misconception about the male modeling industry?
I think people assume that male modelling is easy, but it’s not. Female models sometimes have so much more to work with. They can play with their hair or do so many different poses. Male modelling can be limiting sometimes. 
Which city do you consider your favorite?
New York City of course!
How has the current pandemic affected you as a Male Model and also as a Person?
The pandemic has made me feel more alone and it’s definitely affected my jobs, but I have still kept my faith and will try to always remain positive. 
B/W Photo By- Jacob Sadrak @jacobsadrak
Cover Photo By - Stephen Hill @stephenjameshill
Outdoor Photos By- Nicole Wilson @nicolewilsonnyc @nicolewilsonphoto

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