Introducing our new columnist, 21-year-old Somalian-born beauty blogger and Instagram star, Hani Sidow. London-based Hani is breaking taboos about being a beauty-loving Hijab wearer, helping inspire other women on Muslim beauty, fashion and modesty. In her first column for GLAMOUR, she reveals how she is using social media as her voice for change.
When I launched my Instagram account, I just wanted to help people with their makeup.
But I soon realised, there weren’t a lot of bloggers out there that looked like me and that I could relate to. I wanted other young Muslim girls to feel like they could identify with me.
I always found it difficult to find my right shade in make-up.
The goal was ultimately to share the perfect products with my other dark-skinned sisters who are struggling. And also, to remind Muslim girls wearing the hijab, that it’s not a barrier, but rather a part of us which allows us to be unique and express our individuality. We should celebrate it by means of different styles and other forms of expression through fashion and makeup.
How I'm giving us a voice...
The world is a big place, there is an equal space for everyone to be represented. But it was only recently that deeper skin-toned Muslims have received the recognition they deserve. I was just there cheering behind my phone screen, when I saw #blackmuslimahexcellence and @darkskinnedhijabis accounts take off in just three days. I think this was very needed and has given women like me a voice on social media.
As cliched as it sounds, I want to empower others like me.
Every day I go on a liking spree. I follow over 2,000 people on Instagram and haven’t met most in person, but I feel like I know them on a personal level. My friend @princesalad, who I met on Twitter, shared an image of Somali Athlete @moe_jama92 on his story the other day, which I screenshot and shared. Mohamed (@princesalad) then messaged me to ask if I know him. He was shocked to hear that I was giving support and sharing someone who I don’t know. We are a small tight-knit community. Liking and commenting sprees are our ways of saying, “Yes I see you," and supporting one another.
Growing up in Somalia, I never really identified with anyone I saw in the media.
All my influences came from family and close friends. I don’t remember much about Somalia, but I went back recently in September 2017 and was surprised to see how much people knew about make-up and beauty. I always hear that you should follow a career that will help the people back home once you go back, like being a doctor or the best teacher, but there’s definitely room for everything. I realised that on my trip.
I was young when I came to the UK in 2003. I wasn’t one of those people who knew what I wanted to do from the beginning. I just knew I wanted to make the best out of the opportunities that I had living here.
The brands who've believed in me...
I have worked closely with a few brands, including Buxom & NSPA. These brands have believed in me and have shared my content on Instagram constantly, without ever allowing my religion or my headscarf to be a barrier. And I am forever grateful!
When a brand reposts my picture, the ignorant people come out to play and judge. There are always negative comments online. I have learned to accept that it is not because they are horrible people and like to sit behind their screens with the goal to make people feel hurt. But they are lost and need to understand and see things from a different point of view. Which is why I am here today! I’m here to bring down these barriers and challenge these stereotypes. Hijabis come to slay too; we love our haircare, modest fashion and all things beauty-related.
I am excited to share this journey with you all, so bring your snacks, your notepad and let's share all our secrets and feel empowered by our hijabs rather than feeling restricted.
Stay tuned for my next column where I will be talking all about hair! Just because I wear a hijab, doesn’t mean I don’t care about my hair.
See you in a fortnight…
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