Rayan Baghdadi is an Iranian fashion model who attracted all the great Western brands
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Rayan Baghdadi is an Iranian fashion model who attracted all the great Western brands

I am working in modeling more than ten years. I started in Iran and  moved to Italy.


–       There is fashion shows or modeling in Iran?
–       There is no actually modeling there. I was working with few magazines, I had cover in the magazine and the pages in magazine about me. And it was fashion week – Tehran  fashion week. It was more than ten Iranian designers.
–       As we know famous Iranian designers out of Iran, is not it?
–       Yes is it. They made it because it was allowed. They got permission from the government to make this event. Actually it was for a man – male and female together. At that time Iranian designers had clothes for man longer.
–       There is school for catwalk or modeling in Iran?
–       Now its getting much better. Honestly in 2014 this Teno fashion week was first and biggest in Iran with a lot of designers. When they posted pictures they mentioned that its long dresses for man because they used to work in Milan. Now fashion industry in Iran starting to be much better because of the low and rules. Male and female they are working difference.  A lot of designers make small fashion show –
5 years ago you will not find any fashion events there and now its much better.
When I started to work ten years ago as a model in that time I was thinking to be as international model. My parents did not support me.
Now people posting the pictures n social media can get money from it.
–       Iranian mentality its too strict. But now you are in Dubai. What is the plans here?
–       Since 2014 I am here in Dubai. First my show was in Madinat  Jumaira  – Michael Cinco
I came in this show just to see how its going and suddenly I heard that they need a male model.


And I started to work with him. In that fashion show I walked three times.
After this show I got a lot of pictures and magazines after the show straight away posted my pictures.
I used to work in Milan and Turkey. I knew how to walk and it was not my first time. My position in the fashion show – main position, how to stop and light on me and how to walk.
–       You know all of this because you have education in fashion?
–       Yes. Modeling its not only my habit. I know how to walk.
In 2008 in Iran there is no University about catwalk or fashion. But I was searching in social media about modeling, models, how to walk. I was 16 years old and walked outside and I imagined as I am walking on the podium, walking on the show. It helped me a lot. I dreamed about modeling and I imagined that I am a model and I am walking on the stage. I did not stop to search about modeling, how to walk. I know how to walk and how to wear – it was match together.
After fashion show I got best position there and I met one booker from MMG –
They called me and in that time it was fashion shows in Dubai –
It was a lot of castings in Dubai. And they invited me to come back to Dubai.
This bookers booked me for the Blooming fashion show and for biggest show in Dubai. I got exclusive offer from MMG to work with them. I got fashion shows and photo shoot, and TV show.
I made photo shoot and I worked three times for Michael Cinco , two times for Fashion Forward and one time for Arab Fashion Week.
When I came to Dubai I worked with – Bloomingdales , Ted Baker, Splash,  …….
For me it was almost 9 fashion shows during the season. And of course always getting the photoshoots. 
My biggest photo shoot was for D&G. It was shooting for new perfume – The One. I was face for it in photo shoot and commercial video in desert and Four Season hotel.
–       D&G signed with you?
–       Yes. I was working with them about this new perfume. And my pictures was everywhere even billboards in Sheikh Zayd  Road. This photoshoot was in D&G website, Instagram.
I was working with Square magazine, GQ magazine, I was on the cover of ……..magazine, Friday magazine.
Now I can say I have my own experience for photo shoots and work with magazines.


I was working with Versace hotel. It was big campaign with them. They posted my pictures in their page in Instagram. 
My project with D&G was much bigger, they posted my pictures not only in Middle East, in Europe, USA also.    
I was working with Mac Donald as their company face, with Jumeir hotel.
As a model I was working in Turkey, in Milan with designer Mariano. He is a famous designer in Italy. Twice I made catwalk in his fashion shows and also photoshoots.
I was working with Property company – ,,,,,, as the face for the company.
I am working in Dubai not only for Middle East companies and with Europian as well. But as I have skin, hear and hair dark color so I look more as Arabic. That’s why mostly I am working with Middle East brands.
–       You came from Iran and work as a model in Dubai but as we can see here a lot of competition in this field. Where you see yourself after few years?
–        I love Dubai. Here a lot of opportunities. It is not depends of culture or type of skin. Honestly I feel Dubai it is my home where is very safety. I am happy here.  
–       In your opinion how you can develop in Dubai in your field?
–       For me as a model here in Dubai a lot of brands, a lot of works and photoshoots, fashion shows, TV programs. A lot of brands which is come to Dubai they need advertising and models for them. My parents asked me to come back to Iran but there is no opportunities there as a model. Even in Europe there is no that much interest to models as here in Middle East. I can say Dubai – it is best and biggest city for fashion. A lot of designers from Europe, USA, UK, from GCC come to Dubai. From my experience I can say 75% of my career its here in Dubai. Before came to Dubai I used work in Europe and Turkey but only work in Dubai with a lot of famous brands made my portfolio stronger. I build my career here in Dubai.

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