Relaxed, without any airs. That would probably best describe Malaysian actress Siti Saleha, who was more than a willing and enthusiastic model in a fashion shoot for us.
The 29-year-old, who was clad in the latest wardrobe essentials from Michael Kors, talked freely about her love for fashion – and the need she has for just being herself in everyday situations.
According to Siti, she does not always follow trends. She believes that a woman should wear something that makes herself feel good, as being comfortable in one's own skin is the best way to really shine.
“Whatever your personality is, incorporate that into your outfit. I’ve always done that when it comes to styling myself,” Siti points out, regarding her secret to having a well put-together ensemble.
“Yes, you can say that my personal style is trendy, but I don’t go overboard. I accept the fact that I’m no fashionista. Think Jennifer Aniston. Very minimalist, but everything she wears just looks great.”
Siti was only 18 when she scored her first acting gig in television drama-musical 5 Jingga. Since then, she has gone on to star in numerous productions ranging from films to telemovies, even a reality series.
Her breakout role was in 2011’s Nora Elena, where she played a heartbroken woman with a traumatic past. It earned her a legion of fans, and the loyal following that continues to spur her career.
“These days I’m selective about the work I take on. A lot of people ask me, ‘You’re not acting anymore ke?’ It’s not that. I think I now have a little more freedom to pick the projects that are best for me,” Siti states.
“Maybe only a movie and two dramas each year. Thist month I’m doing a telemovie for Raya. Then in April, I’m going to start my new television series. It’s a famous one based on a novel called Manuskrip Cinta.”
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Work is not the only thing that keeps her busy though. Siti is also seen frequently at the most glamorous events. She even attended New York Fashion Week just last month – something that she says is “just awesome”.
“That’s my first international fashion week experience. It was a sweet experience having the chance to attend some of the shows. Tory Burch for example, was just fantastic, with the designs featuring a wide range of colours, textures and prints.”
Speaking of her encounter with the much-revered (and sometimes, feared) American Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, Siti relates: “She was lovely to me. It’s been said that she doesn’t smile in photos, but in my photo, she did!”
When asked, she says her all-time favourite designer is none other than Dianne Von Furstenberg, who she adores for designs that are very ladylike, while at the same time, colourful and fun.
“Locally, I like what Alia Bastamam is doing. Any of her collections – just really cantik lah. Very edgy, but yet falls on you effortlessly. Those are important qualities. Alia’s just very classy.”
Siti however admits to having a really big obsession with shoes. While she loves accessories in general, her shoe collection is probably the one thing that she really pays careful attention to.
“I don’t know how many pairs I have. Maybe hundreds? Anyway, they’re enough that I can actually categorise them. Believe it or not, I have a number of shoes that only use for fashion shoots.”
Siti’s big inspiration when it comes to all things style is what she sees on social media. Her long-time experience as a celebrity in the limelight has also taught her a thing or two about fashion.
“I have friends in the fashion industry as well, and they have really influenced me. In the past, I had people styling me, but now, I’ve learned enough to pull together my own looks most of the time,” she concludes.