A model and influencer by profession, it comes as no surprise that Nalisa Amin has always been interested in style and fashion. "I've always been intrigued by how people dress. A lot of my passion for it comes from my mother, especially my love for jewellery," she says. "I have an older sister who is not into that kind of stuff so when my mother passes down her clothes and jewellery, I always joke that it's going to the family's only fashionable daughter."
Nalisa began experimenting with her own style in her teens, taking cues from the musical icons of the time. "I definitely went through phases. The early days were a combination of emo and '90s hip hop and R&B," she laughs. "Over the years, I became more confident and tried different things. Some of my fashion choices were questionable but you know what? I'm proud of them—I look good! I remember always happy rocking those outfits. I dressed the way I wanted to and that's something that I still do today."
From the leather jacket over a black tunic to her layered accessories and dark liner, this black-on-black look featured sartorial staples of the era, influenced by Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and the British rock scene.
"To this day, I feel like black is the safest colour. Put on any black top and trousers, it's always going to be chic and stylish," she begins before admitting with a laugh that she was going through a 'leather jacket' phase at the time. "In this picture, I was in a club and it was so hot. Wearing a leather jacket in Malaysia—can you imagine how sweaty I was?"