Originally from Singapore, photographer Hidhir Badaruddin moved to London in 2017 to study at the London College of Fashion. He soon learned, however, that there was only so much he could learn in a classroom. Spending his summer breaks assisting photographers and setting up his own shoots, Hidhir’s hard work paid off when he landed his first editorial spread with Gay Times, while still in his second year. It became the first of many, with his graduate project, ‘Younglawa’, also going on to be noticed by the likes of It’s Nice That, The Face and Getty Images. His successes, however, have also been met with testing experiences: “Being brown and Asian in such a predominantly white industry comes with its own set of challenges,” he tells us. Reflecting on his career so far, here, Hidhir talks to us about championing inclusivity in industry, seeking growth and being your own biggest fan.