I AM SO TOUCHED AND EMOTIONAL RIGHT NOW! One of the biggest honors in my industry, selected by my own peers and the top experts in the fashion industry, I AM SO HONORED TO HAVE WON THE GLOBAL FASHION AVENUE AWARD FOR TOP MODEL! I never thought I would be a model. Growing up in a mostly white high school, my look was not common at all. I didn’t look like Britney Spears or the head cheerleader and I wasn’t the Prom or Homecoming Queen. I had a lot of friends but not because everyone thought I was “hot” or attractive… I always had something to say and had a cause which meant a lot to me. Whether it was supporting our school’s multicultural club, or being elected Secretary of Amnesty International or being Captain of the Step Team I was always known for something, but not necessarily my beauty.
When I started modeling, I didn’t necessarily fit in either. In fact, my ethnicity is the LEAST represented in fashion and modeling as middle eastern models comprise less than 5% of all pro models at fashion week. However, I found a home within haute couture. The fantasy, the gorgeous costumes, the theatrical aspect- it is the most prestigious form of fashion and it was HERE where I got my first chance to walk a real runway.
The Global Fashion Avenue award winners were selected through public nominations in different categories such as my winning category of “Top Model” and “Best Designer” etc. The top 15 nominations for each category are then announced as finalists. Finalists are then judged by a respected panel fashion experts including as Couture Fashion Week producer/designer Andres Aquino, FOX News Business Insider’s Jennifer Eckhart, CNN anchor Rita Crosby, and Mark Jaffe President of the New York Chamber Of Commerce who all presented me with my award on the CFW runway.
WITH TEARS COMING DOWN MY FACE, THIS AWARD IS FOR ANYONE WHO DOUBTED THEMSELVES! THIS IS FOR ANYONE WHO FELT UGLY EVEN FOR ONE MOMENT! THIS IS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SAID MY EYES WERE TOO BIG AND MY LIPS WERE TOO FAT AND THAT I WAS TOO SKINNY OR TOO “FOREIGN” OR “TOO ANYTHING” WHEN WE ALL ARE UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL AS IS! THIS IS FOR ANYONE WHO THOUGHT THEY DIDN’T BELONG OR FELT DISCOURAGED! I MAY NOT LOOK LIKE CINDY CRAWFORD OR CHRISTY TURLINGTON OR EVEN NAOMI CAMPBELL, BUT THERE IS BEAUTY IN ALL OF US! THANK YOU ALL FOR SEEING SOMETHING SPECIAL IN ME! I WILL REMEMBER THIS FOREVER! XOXO, FAFA
GETTING THE SUPERMODEL TREATMENT BEFORE THE RUNWAY! I love my amazing makeup, by one of Hollywood’s TOP makeup artists Mahealani Diego (she’s worked on “LOST”, “Pirates Of The Caribbean” and many more!)!!! THANK YOU MAHE, FOR MAKING ME FASHION WEEK FABULOUS!💄
Backstage in my custom silver Andres Aquino gown, before the runway at Couture Fashion Week NYC!
I’m still starry-eyed over my win at The Global Fashion Avenue Awards for the Top Model category! It is always a great honor to be recognized esp by the crown jewel of the fashion industry, which is haute couture. I just had to show my love & appreciation. Thank you SO MUCH to so many! SPECIAL THANKS TO: The great Andres Aquino & Kelsie McKenna. You create fantasies & other worlds in the advancement of one of the most wondrous of the beaux arts, fashion! To the Elie Esper Salon & Bridal team for always caring for my hair no matter what the “look” called for. Elie and his team have turned me into the most wonderful creations, yet my hair has survived & maintained its health and super-long natural length. SHOUT OUT to the incredible Josh Asmar for creating these gorgeous old Hollywood starlet glamour-girl curls in my very thick & heavy mane! TO THE MAKEUP ARTISTS who take us as blank canvasses! THANK YOU for preparing us for the runway & transforming us! SHOUT OUT to my friend Hollywood makeup artist Mahealani Diego for making me beautiful! LASTLY BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY- THANK YOU TO YOU, MY FRIENDS, FANS & FAMILY. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, LIKES, COMMENTS & KINDNESS! I had no idea I was even nominated by the public for this award. During the year the public submits candidates for each category & then the top 15 names with the most number of votes are the official nominees. Among those nominees, a prestigious panel of judges/experts choose the winners. I didn’t post asking for votes as awards are an enigma to me. I appreciate recognition but never actively pursued awards as I excelled in areas of interest. I thought that it’s nice to be recognized, but that’s not for me to ask of others. Yet each season I am blessed with more success, more accolades, & a greater support system, including each of you! My favorite thing about being a model was the chance to be accessible to others & to meet/interact with people from all over the world. Money & awards were never the motivating factor! The richness in my heart today comes from the constant support & love from YOU! THANK YOU! ❤️🙏
IN THE ZONE WITH MY GAME FACE ON! 😎 On the runway at Couture Fashion Week NYC!
INTERNATIONAL LOVE! THANK YOU to my fans in Dubai/Malaysia/Indonesia and all over the world for tuning into CFW and for tagging me in this video from Saturday night, live on Indonesian TV accepting my Global Fashion Avenue Award for Top Model! Presenting the award is Mark Jaffe, President of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS HONOR! I AM SO GRATEFUL I CANNOT EXPRESS IT ENOUGH! ❤️
MEGA-WATT SMILE after receiving the Global Fashion Avenue Award for Top Model by CNN anchor Rita Crosby, President of the NYC Chamber of Commerce Mark Jaffe and Andres Aquino Producer of Couture Fashion Week (and designer of my amazing silver gown!!!)! ALSO congratulations to my co-awardee, Best Designer winner Diana Putri, one of the biggest names in international haute couture! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR EVERYTHING IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME! (Photograph by the wonderful Bruce Bennetts)🌟
FAFA EN ESPAÑOL! I am grateful for the love I receive all around the world from my international friends, fans and followers! Check out this awesome feature in LA REVISTA VISCIÓN for my Global Fashion Avenue Award win for the Top Model category at Couture Fashion Week! Seen wearing this NOW ICONIC and world-famous pewter metallic Andres Aquino gown, I love reliving that moment in the press! SIDENOTE- I GOT THE EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS OF HAVING MY PHOTO NEXT TO THE INSPIRATIONAL ROBIN ROBERTS!!!!! THANK YOU VISCIÓN! CHECK IT OUT AT THIS LINK: http://www.viscion.us/farah-zulaikha/
ONE OF MY FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THIS INDUSTRY IS THE FACT THAT FASHION HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IGNORE PREJUDICE AND BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER FROM DIVERSE CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS FOR A COMMON PASSION! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY LATINO/A & SPANISH-SPEAKING FANS FROM EVERY PART OF THE GLOBE! The Spanish culture and people are some of the most stylish, diverse and beautiful people on the planet who have EMBRACED ME countless times, and have supported my career greatly! ME ENCANTA LA COMIDA, LA MUSICA, LA LENGUA, LA HÍSTORIA Y LAS PERSONAS DE LA CULTURA DE LOS LATINOS!!! MUCHAS MUCHAS GRACIAS Y ME SIENTO COMO UNA LATINA EN MI CORAZÓN! LO SIENTO MI ESPAÑOL NO ES CIERTO TODO LO TIEMPO PERO ME ENCANTA TRATAR Y APRENDER! BESOS Y ABRAZOS!!!! ❤️
Million dollar smile! 😁 REPOST from Entrigue Magazine! With the amazing Andres Aquino in his one-of-a-kind doll-like “FARAH” gown closing his S/S 2016 haute couture runway show at Couture Fashion Week right before my win at the Global Fashion Avenue Awards for the Top Model category! THANK YOU to everyone who was part of this wonderful honor and THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS, READERS AND FANS! 👠
My award and gorgeous bouquet!!!!!
Feeling like a winner at the CFW gala (with my gorgeous model friends hiding behind the bubbly 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘) THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WERE PART OF MY WIN FOR TOP MODEL AT THE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK HAUTE COUTURE GLOBAL FASHION AVENUE AWARDS! Time to celebrate! THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of my journey as a model. YOU ARE ALL PART OF THIS AWARD! I live to inspire- thank you to the fashion industry for embracing me and allowing me the opportunity to do so! SO GRATEFUL! 🙏❤️