If you’ve been on Twitter, it would be impossible to not know who this fiery girl is. Nalisa is one of the most vocal local Twitter users and her tweets usually spark debates. Gushcloud Malaysia had the opportunity to interview her but don’t get your hopes up, it’s nothing Twitter related! (Well, maybe a bit)
We see that you have quite a number of followers on Twitter. Do you consider yourself an Influencer because of this?
I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself an Influencer until mid this year where I suddenly got invited to events and being sent PR packages. They dubbed me as one so I was like, “Lol okay”.
Why are you more active on Twitter compared to other platforms? Is Instagram something that you would like to work on as well?
I work better with typed words than spoken words. Probably because I’m generally shy (talking on IG stories makes me nervous) and an over thinker so I’m more comfortable on Twitter. Besides, Twitter is a good platform for me to read and understand certain topics and interests that I have. I usually go to IG to find inspiration especially in fashion and beauty but I do would like to work on my IG presence more in the future.
As you are quite vocal on Twitter, there must be some awkward or tense confrontations that you had to face in real life. Do you mind sharing some of them?
I’ve confronted a couple of people that have talked smacked about me on Twitter. I love seeing their reaction when they find out it’s me, which I enjoy seeing. One even turned out to become a friend of mine. Life is funny like that.
You made quite a show by walking on the runway a few months ago. Are you considering a career in modelling for plus size clothing lines?
Thank you! It is a side job for me at the moment but plus size modelling full time over here? That’ll be nice but not in Malaysia. No disrespect but I’m being realistic. I still need to pay my bills.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
I can do an amazing impersonation of Pokemon’s Jigglypuff. I think I’m one of the most untalented people I know, sad to say.
You seem to always be on the receiving end of hurtful remarks. How do you overcome negativity?
Right now, I just close the screen or scroll away and continue doing what I was doing. If I’m in a petty mood, I would clap back but I barely do that now. I like to think that all these hateful remarks are just self-projection of what they hate about themselves and I’m just an easy target because I don’t know them and they don’t know me. But if they love themselves, they would’ve minded their business from the start.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, I’ll be travelling around the world doing shoots, have my own business going on, and a long term partner in our own apartment. A girl can dream.
What's the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
That I’m cold and intimidating. I can be both, but I’m actually a softie at heart. People might think I’m always positive from my social media because I post positive things on my account but in reality, I’m fighting my demons like everybody else. I like to spread positivism because it makes me feel better about myself and the world. I think there’s enough negativity and hate happening in the internet and I don’t want to contribute to that.
Did anything exciting happened in the past year? Any big events or collaborations?
Definitely the runway walk on KLFW 2018 and being one of the faces for MinLuna x FashionValet campaign.
You portray yourself as a very vocal and confident person. How did you achieve that level of ‘don’t-care’ attitude?
From years of caring what other people think. I used to be very insecure and scared of people’s judgement. I was in one of my lowest points in my life and one day I just snapped and thought, “How long am I going to live like this?” and after that, I decided to stop caring what irrelevant people think.
What would you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
I don’t want to sound corny but my greatest accomplishment so far is definitely finding the peace and love I have for myself from over 20 years of self-loathing.
What is the one turning point that influenced you into becoming the person you are today?
Every mistake I’ve made in my life is a turning point for me to improve myself as a person.
What are your thoughts on a career as an Influencer? Is it something you want to pursue in the near future?
I think the career of becoming an Influencer is promising but I don’t think I can do it full time unless I’m earning a lot more than my current full time job.
Do you have any advice for the people who will be reading this article?
If it makes you happy and it doesn’t hurt anyone, just do you.
Nalisa is currently working with MySmink, a beauty e-commerce startup. Follow Nalisa’s journey of thoughts here; you won't regret it!