” Don’t try to like everybody. Because not everyone will like you back. Keep pushing and believe in the process..” Fauzia Hussein.
Fauzia Hussein is not your typical fashion model/influencer/ or just another girl on Instagram(fauzy_hussein). Firstly She is no ordinary model, (obviously), and secondly, behind her gentle poses is an eccentric twenty-one-year-old hijabi model, who does it her own way, far from the pressures and expectations of social media. Nonchalant, and void of the pressure that comes with the job title, for Fuziah her Islam background is her inspiration and the driving force behind her M.O which she describes as Modesty and of great respect for her culture and religion.
When we reached out to interview and feature Fauzia on the Fashionista. A column about outstanding African youth fashionistas, who are pioneers in their individual niches, we expected just another run down on styling tips and all the fashion jargon, you know how it goes.. but this feature was different, far from the extravagance and outwardly cliche that comes associated with the fashion universe, no this feature turned out to be more about elegance in modesty.
How, You ask. lets help you unwrap the Modus Operandi (The best word here would be Matra, but the editors thought M.O gives it an edge) behind our durag wearing, street fashion queen. Here is a transcript of our chat.
How old are you?
I’m 21 years old.
What’s the inspiration behind your user name and bio?
Nothing much, my user name is derived from my name, I’m Fauzia Hussein so it’s a combo of my name and nickname.
Describe your personal style?
I love street fashion and photography, and I go for any outfits that are elegant.
What are your fashion do’s and don’ts ?
I know what ill never do, that’s fake it. I will never fake it and no one should ever have to fake it just to grow on social media.
Greatest satisfaction of being a fashion influencer?
As a fashionista, I get to try out trends I like, especially on street fashion, which is more of my thing nowadays. As a model, there isn’t much satisfaction, especially here in Nairobi, Modeling isn’t appreciated, or taken professionally as a profession.
Most frustrating aspect of Fashion influencing?
The payment sucks, especially for the models. In a set the photographers, directors, and designers get the lion share of the payment, whereas the model is made to feel like they are being offered a favor, or a career boost and get paid the least as compared to everyone because to most people in the industry modeling is not considered a profession.
What’s your current fashion obsession?
I’m totally into using durags and integrating them into my street wear
Describe your influencing style and how your religion influences your style.
I feel like my style is influenced by modesty, so although there’s a lot of glam in the clothes I have to respect my religion which greatly influences and inspires how I dress and the type of clothes I present to my followers, it’s important that I dress respectfully and avoid exposing myself, that is how religion and modesty influences my style.
Who was your first style icon?
Iman Abdulmajid who is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur.
I also draw a lot of inspiration from Ikram Abdi Omar a hijabi UK based model.
First thing you do in the morning?
I check my phone for any messages, emails and its charge.
What would you never leave home without?
Skin care is very important to me, so that would be my Moisturizer and sunscreen.
Tell us something people don’t know about you.
Most people think I’m a snob, which I’m not, I can be nonchalant but that is often picked up as snobby.
How do you stay in shape?
I work out, usually five times a week, I don’t do diets and I don’t encourage any model to do that, just in order to stay fit.
What’s your parents take on your social media presence?
They are very supportive and I appreciate their encouragement.
Aside from social media and fashion what are some of your other fashion achievements?
Runway modeling, that’s what I started with and I was really good at it.
How often do you post?
I don’t have a schedule, however, I take a lot of photos in advance, so whenever I feel like posting I simply schedule a post since I already have the content.
Podcast or You tube?
You tube , because I draw a lot of inspiration from it, especially on fashion and styling.
As a parting shot, what would you advise your fans and your younger self?
Don’t try to like everybody. Because not everyone will like you back. Keep pushing and believe in the process..
[EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS INTERVIEW HAS BEEN EDITED FOR LENGTH, CONGRUENCY AND CLARITY.]
Interviewed and edited by Wycliff Peter.
Questionnaire by Pinnah Moke