If you're wondering why you're seeing actor and singer Daiyan Trisha Mohd Nasaruddin, popularly known as Daiyan, everywhere these days, it's because she is
. The 28-year-old performer has flown from Southeast Asia to the
United States, Europe and back home in a matter of weeks, all in the name of work with a little bit of play thrown into the mix.
As we enter her room at the NH Milano Muscova Hotel in the heart of Milan, Italy, to conduct
this photoshoot at the beginning of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023
Daiyan lounges in her robe, trying to get as much rest as possible from the really long morning of engagements she had earlier. Despite the rush, she stays calm and composed, and pulls herself out of bed to get ready. Just
two days prior, the songstress was in New York with back-to-back appointments for the first round of fashion week, so to say she's busy and
tired is an understatement.
The perennially stylish starlet first
entered the public eye in 2013 as a budding singer. Still, unlike many blessed with talent, Daiyan's passion, resilience, strong work ethic, and easy-going personality are what catapulted her into stardom and turned her into
one of Malaysia's most influential entertainers today. As a singer first, she attributes her beginnings to her piano teacher during her secondary years. "She tested my vocals for fun and realised I could sing. She then told
all of my music school's teachers and got me involved in singing for the first time in class concerts," she recalls.
Armed with new-found confidence in her capabilities, Daiyan began singing covers on YouTube, leading
her to a management deal. Not long after, she started acting. "My first professional involvement as a singer and actor was nine years ago when I landed a lead role in the Dee
telemovie on Astro Ceria, which required
me to sing as well. Think a Malaysian version of Hannah Montana
," she shares.
"Acting has always been another form of expressing art for me; another way to express my emotions and passions. Making music will
always be my first love, but acting has a special place in my heart. I really love the freedom it gives me."