For the uninitiated, it may seem like Nadhir is an overnight success, having gained recognition from his breakout role in PHC
. However, real fans know of his early beginnings as a model in the local entertainment and fashion
industry. Standing at 183 cm tall and blessed with a slim, lean physique, the self-proclaimed Lucky Boy (it's also his TikTok handle
first entered the scene through Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016.
"After SPM, I worked at a retail store called Crossover because I'm really into streetwear. Because of this job, I was able to meet all sorts of people
in the fashion industry. From there, I worked with homegrown designers like Kit Woo and then walked in KLFW for three years, from 2016 to 2018. During that time, I did a lot of campaigns for local brands such as Supercrew,
Nerd Unit, and TNTCO when the brands themselves were just starting out too," he divulges.
"While I love modelling, I quickly realised that a full-time model—especially men—in Malaysia is always seen as an accessory,
whether it's for a cover or a campaign. That wasn't enough for me. I've always viewed myself as sort of a storyteller—I am always watching movies, writing stories and directing short films," says the Mass Communication graduate
of Universiti Teknologi Mara. "So I told myself I needed to level up and do things differently."