Fashion Weekly Talks: Yasmin Kassim

My love of performance began when I was six at a Michael Jackson concert. He saw me on the security camera and asked me to be a part of the performance which I remember vividly. I didn't love the Thriller performance though, I remember that was really scary. From then I was bitten by the bug and loved performing, singing, acting and dancing.

What and who has inspired your career to date?

My parents have been a massive inspiration. They taught me to do what you love and if you work really hard at it, you'll get there and achieve what you want to achieve. I was an only child so I used to play make believe all the time to entertain myself. I would lose myself in acting.

The love of it has kept me going. I think it's the same in any field, you have to be prepared for the long haul.

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Can you tell us about your TV presenter role with Fashion TV?

Before I began I had never been to a fashion week or met designers before so for me it was huge. The first time I went backstage I felt really naughty but I've covered three fashion weeks now so I have gotten into the swing of things.

It's been really great, why would you say no to meeting such successful, creative people and getting to chat to them. Sometimes I get to pick my favourite designers to chat to and the best thing about fashion week is there are so many personalities to choose from. I love young designers and seeing their excitement at the first event and then watching them grow.

How did you find the Miss World Australia journey?

It was unlike anything I had done before. I was surprised at the outcome but so happy I won the Miss Beauty With a Purpose Award. The fundraising, public speaking and role model perspective really appealed to me. I didn't know anything about the Miss World Completion before I competed so it was very surprising.

How have you found your uni studies to reflect in your career?

Studying gave me a lot of flexibly because I got to create my degree and there are so many majors options. I did every theatre and singing unit and Shakespeare which I think is crucial for an actor. I'm so happy I went to uni, I have always believed knowledge is power. To have any kind of accreditation under your belt is so valuable.

What drew you to yoga training?

My mum leads a very spiritual and holistic life so I have always been drawn to Eastern healing. I have done yoga since I was 16 and fell in love with it then, the physical elements but also for myself. It's so great at keeping me grounded and thinking positively and clearly when I need a break. It's such a wonderful, wonderful thing to do, I would recommend it to anybody.

Can you tell us about your role in the Shane Warne Foundation and what it means to you?

I'm the ambassador for the foundation and I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such successful people. I started out helping where I could and visiting kids in hospital which is my favourite thing in the world to do. I get to put forward ideas and skills to help raise money for Australian kids but just being able to give my time is the most important thing.

Can you tell us about your personal style and which trends you are fond of?

I'm not a massive trend follower nor do I have a significant personal style. I always think of my clothes as a costume so what I wear depends on how I'm feeling. Sometimes I'm super girly, or hippy or edgy with clean lines. I'm a big fan of neutral colours so I invest in those. I also splurge on bags and shoes.

What's next for you?

I've just come back from a great trip to the States so I'm living between Sydney, Los Angeles and New York. I'm currently back in Sydney rehearsing for a film with Wayne Blair which I'm really excited about. It's an amazing team and we're all really passionate about the story. Keep an eye out for its release in December!