Jovian’s wife needs no style tips from fashion designer hubby


Compiled by C. Aruno, Allison Lai, Jo Timbuong and R. Aravinthan

DESPITE being married to a well-known fashion designer, beauty and hair salon owner Datin Nina Sabrina Ismail Sabri maintains that she always follows her own personal style.

“He has never restricted or decided my attire, ” she said, referring to her husband Datuk Jovian Mandagie.Jovian had accepted her fashion style from their courting days, she told Sinar Harian.

Nina, 33, is the eldest child of former Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Ismail Yaakob.

She explained that her love for fashion was nurtured in her younger days by her mother, who had often coordinated the family’s attire.Her mother, she said, was also good at matching handbags and shoes with accessories.

Nina and Jovian married in December 2013 and now have a three-year-old daughter.

> For fathers who are happy when one of their children follows in their footsteps, then architect Datuk Ar Ezumi Harzani Ismail’s joy is multiplied four times.

His children, Najwa, Adam, Marha and Syaza, aged between 21 and 25, had all chosen to work in architecture, Harian Metro reported.Ezumi said he never forced any of his 10 children to become architects, although he did drop the odd hint once in a while.

“No matter what their interests may be, I always gave them my full support. But I suppose I did sow a seed of interest in architecture by bringing them along to seminars or share amusing stories about my work, ” he said, adding that another two of his younger children had also shown interest in architecture.

Adam, an architecture student at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Skudai, Johor, said his father was always there to give him pointers to improve his sketches.

“I didn’t think architecture would suit me because my sketching skills aren’t great, but my father has helped me a lot with that and now, my coursemates come to me for pointers, ” he said.

Adam said the other person responsible for his interest in architecture was his eldest sister Najwa, who is pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at Oxford Brookes University in Britain.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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