Qreeshma Turakhia is a charming, young interior designer who models on the side. Managing two careers at once, it’s astounding how she gets the best out of both worlds. You & I chats with her about beauty, modelling, interior design, and more!
You’ve created quite the career for yourself. You’re both a model and an interior designer. What’s your personal philosophy?
I love multitasking. I’ve come a really long way, but it’s been worth the struggle. A lot of people think modelling is just about posing, but it really drains you. It’s been quite a beautiful journey, and I love what I do. I’m really grateful for who I’ve become today.
When you were a kid, before you considered modelling, what was your perception of models and the industry?
I honestly didn’t consider modelling at all; opportunities pretty much started to come to me after a point. I still stick by my perception of people being comfortable in their own skin, and not being insecure about flaws that society tells them they have. So for me, being a model is just about being confident and comfortable withyourself.
How do you combine beauty and function?
My mom always told me that beauty comes from the inside first. What you eat, how you speak, how you behave – that’s what’s visible on your face. Also, beauty is subjective from person to person; I think being functional, passionate and interested in things is what drives me on a daily basis.
What do you see for the future of design?
The future of design, in general, applies to so many aspects of life today. Interior design is my passion of course, and it’s an ever-evolving field. I think people nowadays are accustomed to products like Apple, Google etc., and are now more clued into aesthetics, visual appeal, and convenience. The future of design is obviously about innovation, and is changing along with people’s tastes and preferences.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve actually been keeping myself really busy, apart from modelling. I obviously want to pursue interior design, and that’s something I’m focusing on with a friend. Apart from that, I also help a few friends with branding and marketing their products, like an organic tea company that I’m consulting for. I’m all about the aesthetics.
Is there a model you really look up to?
Raseeka Arul Kumar is my partner in crime during a hectic shoot. But I absolutely look up to Santoshi Shetty for sure! Even though she’s a blogger, I love her vibe.
What inspires you?
I try to focus a lot of my energy on getting better every day. And as a designer too, I find myself planted in front of a computer screen for long hours at a time; it’s part of my job, after all. While it’s easy to say that I find loads of inspiration through books and music, the truth is that I’m most inspired by stepping away from the screen. Whether I’m going for a walk around town, or road-tripping across the states – it’s always a breath of fresh air. Intriguing and different. Inspiration, truly, is everywhere. You just need to open your eyes a little bit to see it all around you.
Do you have any pet peeves?
One of my biggest pet peeves is someone who eats with their mouth open. I’m a little OCD sometimes as well, so I can’t sleep until my room is clean. --- as told to Devanshi
If you could use only one makeup item, what would it be?
Matte lipsticks for the win!
One beauty product you couldn’t live without while travelling?
What sort of diet do you follow?
I don’t have a diet in particular. I eat three meals a day, and I eat them on time.
What’s your favourite healthy snack?
Fruits mixed with yogurt and chia seeds.
What are your childhood food memories?
My most favourite childhood memories about food have always been when I was in school. I studied in a Waldorf school, and we were a class of 12 children who would bake cakes together.