Seeing Rubini Sambanthan strut the runway with her haughty look, our first impression of her was that if there was a local adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada, she’d make the perfect lead. But as it turns out, she’s the complete opposite of Miranda Priestly’s demanding character in the movie cos Rubini is one of the most humble and kind-hearted models that we know.
This year, she has added another feather to her cap as she finally managed to get into the local acting scene. “I’ll be starring in a TV drama alongside Faizal Hussein. I can’t reveal much about it yet, though,” she says.
Rubini adds that she has always wanted to become an actress, but the opportunity to join beauty pageants came along first. After being crowned Miss International Malaysia in 2014, she went on to compete in Miss International 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
Although she’s blessed with smouldering good looks, Rubini shares that it wasn’t easy for her to break into the modelling world at first. “My setback was that I’m an Indian with a curvy body. I used to always wonder why agencies made the effort to ask me to attend castings after seeing my comp card just to tell me, ‘You don’t have the right body shape’ or request for me to attend an audition just to find out later that a fairer Indian girl was chosen. Ironically, all these happened while the industry is trying to promote diversity and body positivity,” she explains.
Rubini hopes that her story would inspire young women to have the courage, confi dence and determination to succeed and do the best they can in whatever field they’re in. She says, “If a curvy, Indian girl like me can model, act and host, anyone can! You just have to work hard, stay focused and believe in yourself.”
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