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22 Glam Halal | MAY-JUNE. 2020 An activist at heart The utmost joy in life for Heliza Helmi lies in providing a helping hand for the community BY CAMILIA REZALI NUR HELIZA Helmi, or better known as Heliza Helmi, is a singer, actress, motivator, TV host and activist. She has a knack for seeking extraordinary opportunities. Ever since she was little, she has participated in numerous contests and tried everything under the sun, be it a sack race during kindergarten, dancing, singing, poetry presentation, public speaking, debate or kayaking. And get this - Heliza was even a silver medallist in a national taekwondo competition But it was her participation in one of Malaysia’s popular reality TV show that thrust her into the limelight. Her singing talent saw her winning the award for New Popular Artiste during the 21st Anugerah Bintang Popular BeritaHarian in 2007. Later she went on to being crowned the Best Female Actor (Syurga Cinta) at the 22nd Filem Festival Malaysia. In the 2014 Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian, she was recognized as the Most Popular Female TV host. Today, Heliza has definitely what it takes and is an influential artiste with 1.9 million followers on Instagram. @glam.halal had the opportunity to speak to Heliza where she shared her values, experience and future endeavours. Read what keeps this ever-cheerful 34-year-old lady going! Do share with us about your life before fame. I hail from Kuala Terengganu, lived in Terengganu until Year Five and then moved to Taiping, Perak from Year Five until the second year of secondary school. After that, we moved to Tawau, Sabah where I completed high school right up to university. When I was in Sabah, I studied at Matrikulasi Labuan and later continued at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). It was during university days that I got involved with a reality TV programme. My schedule has been very tight ever since. For my studies, I always hoped to attain a Dean’s List Award. But only after a long wait, apart from my side career, did I achieve it. From that moment I realised success was not measured by the amount of time we have but measured by how we use it. What would you say is the trait that defines you the most? I would consider doing things that add value to other people. As you may have noticed, most of my involvement today concerns my work as a humanitarian activist. I have a deep love for volunteer work whether it is a humanitarian crisis in Syria, the Rohingya, Palestine or something smaller like helping a friend in need. That is indeed my soul. What influenced your interest in the performing arts? I was exposed to the performing arts since young. When we were in Sabah, my father would turn on the karaoke set on weekends and we would sing from morning till noon. I really enjoyed those moments. One time