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Fierce,

2020 is proving to be a great year for both the mainstream media and the fashion industry. Shows including PoseAJ and the Queen, Next In FashionThe Barking MurdersAnnihilation, and Fleabag, all feature ensembles of leading actors that bring diversity and Inclusivity to the big screen.

At a time when our society has undergone a magnifying glass effect on racial injustice, an underlying issue that has perhaps never been solved –only politely tucked away, it is comforting to find a burgeoning amount of positivity and inclusion in an arena notorious for bringing all likes of people together.

 

As a biracial person, growing up it was hard to find my mirrored reflection or family dynamic in the roles of the stars that graced the silver screen and mainstream media. Pursuing a likeliness to people that I felt connected to was something I met with a shy disappointment, a feeling that I find many other ethnicities and creatives like me have shared. 

Wearing: Bally            Bag: JEOi6   Artiste Wood

On the rise, portrayals of people of color and LGBTQ+ community that go beyond the sometimes overwhelmingly uncomfortable and continual roles as slaves, prostitutes or drug dealers or awkward immigrants provide a sense of hope and more importantly the inspiration to generations. Movies, shows, and series where we can be funny, or kings and queens, scientists, hackers, and even otherworldly whimsical beings all help build a sense of self-worth and imagination. 

Pictures can act as a love letter to the community telling you that yes, you are loved, you can be anything, and you are important no matter who you are or what you are.

We live in a time where our society is becoming more vocal about concerns in the realm of intolerance. 

It is encouraging to find directors, models, bookers, influencers, bloggers, vloggers, creatives, PR’s, producers, and actors that are open to sharing and showing us to celebrate how different we may come in shape, and yet are found to be completely connected. It is by education, and visuals, and telling each other our experiences, in which we come together. 

Fierce,

For me, my work is 100 percent reflects my creative vision, sense of direction, personal style, artistic approach, and my identity.
I feel the need to ALWAYS create a strong visual impact with my work to mirror the impact of the issues I always face in the Middle East. I rarely create a project that is shallow or doesn’t have a deeper meaning — that doesn’t represent my representation. I felt like it’s always about my identity and how I face things in life in a fierce manner.

I always want to represent a different part of modern-day life to people like me. That in this life, there’s a place for love, for work and your passion. At the end of the day, I always tell to people that “ It wasn’t a mistake to pursue your dreams, so dream big!”

Photographed by James Pouliot

Whenever I create something or do a project whether personal work or commercial I always look on a different perspective to approach a certain topic on how I understand it. It is always hard to pursue something for marginalized people like me, I always need to go beyond the expectation of others and the way I do my work. I can say that I am selective about the projects I choose to accept but it’s because I want to align myself on brands and companies that are aligned with my values and beliefs no matter what.

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“For me carving out my niche has been beneficial because brands and clients approach me already know exactly what I’m about to give and tend to view the project from the same perspective as me”

Representation matters a lot since it gives a voice to marginalized people and for me, that should always be the case. Having different opinions and voice will make something more relatable and authentic to people.