Stylist Meredith Damouni at D the Agency
Makeup Samira Olfat for Max Factor
Hair Blow Out and Go
Production and post Capital D Studio
Shot at Capital D StudioFASHION CREDITS
Jewellery Samra and Versace Fine Jewellery
With over 300,000 followers on instagram,
Mariam Rod is certainly here to stay.
Mariam Rod shoots for D-journal magazine at Capital D Studio. We are falling in love with this girl and can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2016 – big dreams and even bigger plans 🙂 Follow @mariam on instagram
We transform Mariam into a screen siren in our photoshoot with
Samira Olfat of the Max Factor Makeup Academy.
WHO ARE YOU?
I am a old soul in a current shell seeking my purpose for this lifetime.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Predominantly I am in real estate. I have been in the industry for seven years and owned my own agency for three. Additionally I have a blog/online shop MariamsMiracles.com that I will be relaunching later this year along with my new business venture where I’m entering the beauty space with my own line of products.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I come from the Land Down Under! (But my roots are Kurdish/Persian)
HOW DID YOU END UP IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
I studied business management at University and immediately after began working. One day I stopped and thought that that couldn’t possibly be all life has to offer. I felt like a was a robot stuck in Ground Hog Day. I wanted to travel the world and work in a foreign country. There was so much hype and mystery built up about Dubai that I decided this is the land I wanted
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT DUBAI?
Everything! To me Dubai is the perfect mix of East and West where people of all racial and economic backgrounds have access to so many opportunities to succeed while living in a uber modern, forward thinking, tax free society.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY?
There is no such thing as a typical day in my world. I could be doing a viewing one day, going to a fashion event the next. But generally my days are spent in my office writing/replying to emails and working on perfecting my new product line.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
It really depends if I’m seeking inspiration for my personal life or my professional life but generally freedom and happiness is what I always strive for. Whatever makes me happy and brings positivity into my life, thats where I am and thats what I pursue.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?
Someone who unapologetically owns their own reality. who understands that beauty is relative, who is comfortable in their own skin, who stands tall and walks proud. Someone who is sure of their unique self and wouldn’t change it for the world.
AS YOU LEAD A PUBLIC LIFE UTILIZING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS, HOW DO YOU BALANCE HAVING A MARRIAGE AND A VERY BUSY SOCIAL LIFE WHICH IS SO INTERTWINED WITH YOUR WORK?
I think the key is time management. I have a calendar that goes with me everywhere. Its filled with details of every event, meeting and social obligation that I have to attend. Im also blessed to have a very supported and encouraging husband who always inspiring me for bigger and better things.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST AMBITION FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
To have a healthy family of my own. I want 4 kids.
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF STAYING IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
I think eventually our time will be more divided between Dubai, Sydney and Los Angeles. We have a house in LA where we usually spend 3 months of the year but once we have children we will be spending more time in Australia with my family.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR YOU IN THE PAST 2 YEARS?
Getting married. We got married two years ago and we’d been together for two and a half years at the time.
WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR LIFE?
My family, health and happiness 🙂
HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS?
I try my best to use my platform to be a positive influence on younger girls in particular. I want girls to be aware that the photos they see in magazines and social media is usually just smoke and mirrors. It takes a lot of make up, lighting, editing apps to look flawless. What’s important to know is that there is only one of you and that’s what makes you special.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE MOMENT?
WHO DO YOU ASPIRE TO MEET AND WHY?
God, so I can thank him personally for all my life’s blessings.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOUR SUCCESS?
When opportunity meets preparation success will always ensue.
WHY DO YOU THINK THE UAE IS AN EXCITING PLACE TO BE RIGHT NOW?
Dubai is definitely proving to be a mojor competitor in the world market. The city itself is a representation of vision and hard word to be the best at everything they do and this contagious positive energy inspires the people living here to mimic this thirst to strive for the best.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE MAJOR FIVE YEAR GOAL FOR MARIAM ROD?
For my business to have world recognition as the number one product in its niche. I also hope to open a number of charitable organisations. My dream has always been to go to Africa to build schools, homes and hospitals and help the community become self sufficient by starting business that the community can maintain and grow.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES HAS BEING IN THE UAE GIVEN YOU?
Being so central in the world has allowed me to travel the world easily and frequently. I’ve also been able to connect and make close friendships with people from all walks of life.
WHO IS CLOSEST TO YOU?
My hubby. We are rarely apart so no one has ever known me better.
WHAT IS ON YOUR ITUNES PLAYLIST?
From Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie down to 2 CHAINZ and everything in between.
BOOKS OR WEBSITES?
Books all day.
TOP 5 BEAUTY MUST-HAVES?
Sleep, Coconut Oil, Infused Water, Concealer and a smile 🙂
TOP 3 FASHION DESIGNERS?
Karl Lagerfield, Olivier Rousteing, Victoria Beckham.
Follow Mariam Rod – @mariam