SAUFEEYA GOOD­SON,

24, Amer­i­can/ Mo­roc­can

Harper's Bazaar (Arabia) - - The Style -

“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.”

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