Ziana Zain Reinvented

It can get pretty strange to witness someone of great magnitude be so normal. Siti Roziana Zin, better known as Ziana Zain is a celebrity who has long been one of the most powerful singer-actress in Malaysia. Since her heyday in the 90s, Ziana maintains her superstar status to this day. Her trailblazing career in music and film which spanned almost three decades has earned her plenty of accolades along the way.

Ziana was not only adored by fans of her native country, but was well-received by fans abroad too. Just two years after paving her way into showbiz in 1993, she was crowned Voice of Asia in 1995. Her recognition from the music festival held annually in Almaty, Kazakhstan instantly launched her career to greater heights. That following year, she walked away with the Golden Voice Awards at the Tokyo Music Festival, thanks to her vocal prowess showcased through the hit song ‘Anggapanmu.’

That is just a fraction of her impressive accomplishments. Besides her established presence as a singer, she also starred in a string of films. Some of her iconic roles well worth mentioned are Mariana from the film ‘Maria Mariana’ 1 and 2, and her role as Ziana in ‘Sembilu’ 1 and 2.

Also, not many celebrities from Malaysia can say they’ve rubbed shoulders and collaborated with international celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Anna Kournikova, Kate Bosworth, and even Bollywood royalty Shah Rukh Khan. Ziana will likely tell you she’s been there, done that.

To have her grace the first ever cover of SalamToday was an honour. But there she was, equally humbled to be selected as the first cover girl.

Even at the age of 51, Ziana is a ball of energy and lights up the room with her positive energy.

“I can’t believe people still want me to grace covers at this age, I’m honoured!” she expressed.

Her humility and impeccable work ethics are probably some of the traits that led the path to her success.

When Ziana Zain is ready for you, the clock is ticking. She arrives to the studio where this interview was held all smiles but she wastes no time and head straight for hair and make-up.

A seasoned pro at posing in front of the camera, not much guidance was needed in order to capture the perfect shot. She works fast, but yields incredible results. The SalamToday team was spoilt for choices when it came to selecting the perfect cover photo.

OFF THE CUFF

While she has had grabbed headlines for her incredible work in Malaysia’s entertainment industry, her journey in the limelight was not short of personal trials and tribulations.

Beyond that superstar status, Ziana went through a public split from her husband of 20 years, last year. Despite the domestic troubles that had befallen Ziana, the legendary singer kept her head held high and powered through because her philosophy in life is to never hold a grudge against anyone. Now, she’s learning to embrace this new chapter as a single mother of four, one step at a time after her love life hit rock bottom.

Surprisingly, Ziana didn’t hold back when talking about her personal life. People grieve differently over break-ups, what more a broken union between a husband and wife.

As for Ziana, she admitted it was not easy. “You can’t simply erase the past as if nothing happened – it was a part of your life journey. But honestly, a part of me feels relieved, like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I constantly remind myself that every dark cloud has a silver lining. I’ve made peace with what Allah S.W.T has planned for me. If anything, dealing with my marriage troubles brought me closer to Allah S.W.T.”

Bouncing back after the divorce now that she’s in her 50s was also a challenge for Ziana.

“I assume things would be different should the split happened years ago. But I take comfort in knowing that I am exactly where Allah wants me to be at this point in my life.

“Everyone battles through their own struggles in different phases of their lives, and this is mine. Lucky for me, I have a strong support system in the form of my family and friends, as well as my fans. So that helped.”

Despite the troubles she faced in the past, Ziana regrets nothing. “Don’t ever dwell over what “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve” happened in your life, it’s not healthy.”

“Good or bad, everyone has a past. All we can do is move forward and reinvent yourselves to become the best version of who you are. That’s what I’m doing.”

 

Behind the Face of Salam

  • Face of Salam : Ziana Zain
    Project Manager & Co-ordinator : Shah Shamshiri
  • Text:Syahirah Mokhtazar
  • Editor : Ili Farhana Mohamed
    Photographer: Whitenery
  • Graphic designer: Asyraf Tamam
    Stylist : Vee Mukhtaram
    Make-up Artiste : Bobo Cinta
    Hijab Stylist : The Latifi
    Wardrobe : H&M