24, American/ Moroccan
“I was born and raised in North Carolina before we moved to Dubai in 2005 – I’ve been here ever since. I’d say my upbringing, culture and tradition play a big part in influencing my style, and of course, religion. Modesty is definitely the core of it all, so that’s what I lean towards. I wear a hijab but I don’t always wear an abaya – it’s just something I throw on sometimes. As long as I’m comfortable with what I’m wearing, and I’m happy with it, then I’m staying true to myself. My relationship with fashion – and Instagram – started after I left school. I started archiving my outfits and taking pictures about six years ago. I never anticipated being where I am now, but I don’t like to say, ‘I’m an influencer’. It is such a controversial word these days. There’s a stigma around it and people have negative thoughts and ideas about what an influencer is. I’m a content creator, and it’s through doing that I have the flexibility and the freedom to explore myself, my creativity and ideas. To be able to do it with different brands and platforms is amazing. Sometimes I feel like there is a lot of pressure to represent women that wear the veil, so I always do my best. But I also think in the Middle East, in general, women tend to be more stylish and care for the little details. Dubai will always hold a special place in my heart because for me, I grew up with it and it’s so culturally diverse, so it has definitely influenced my style.
It’s very interesting to see how the city has developed and grown and how it’s so full of opportunities.”