The layperson may spend years soul searching, looking for the inner wherewithal that allows them to laugh in the face of naysayers. Saffi, seemingly, is no regular layperson. Confronted by a former manager's demand that she lose weight to better fit the mold of a straight size model, Saffi flatly refused. She confidently walked away in order to preserve the values she knew to be true. "I knew that I was healthy and I didn't want to lose weight," she states matter-of-factly. "I made a conscious decision not to conform."
Saffi was brought up in Southwest London by a family of naturally curvaceous women who set an early standard for what a dynamic image of beauty entailed. Her mother instilled in her the simple yet subversive idea of healthy as beautiful. "If I look healthy and feel healthy, why would I strive to be something I'm not?" she says. "Curvy – it's in my genetic pool."
Growing up Saffi was a sports buff, playing football (of the English variety) and staying active. She was heavily interested in drama and participated in plays and musicals from a young age. Despite her enviable frame, large, green eyes and head full of spiraling curls, it never occurred to the London native that modeling may be her calling. The prospect finally crossed her mind at age 19 when she was first approached by a model scout. She booked an international campaign, giving her a taste for modeling, but as her body changed she struggled to remain within the industry's rigid size expectations.
After leaving her first agency, Saffi took a break from modeling altogether. She completed her studies at the London College of Fashion and received qualifications in fashion design and photography. In 2011, Saffi returned as a curve model and has made more headway now than ever. She has shot ad campaigns for Lane Bryant, Macy's, H&M and L'Oréal and appeared in an editorial for Elle Sweden. Perhaps most notably, Saffi joined Christian Siriano's growing army of curve models on the runway for his Fall 2017 fashion week show.
Following her experience as a straight size model, Saffi became invested in body positive activism. She spearheaded a monthly body confidence program, Curve Project London, where she and other industry professionals mentored women between the ages of 16-60 about wellness and self-presentation. Now, the bodacious beauty is bringing her career full circle and refocusing on acting. She currently takes acting classes at the esteemed T. Schreiber studio in New York while working towards landing her ultimate dream role – portraying a female assassin.