Is it possible to be modest in the fashion industry?
You may be interested in knowing my feelings on this topic, but I decided to ask a few other ladies in the industry to see how they feel about it.
First up is Nabiilabee
Nabiila Bee is a Muslim Youtube fashion and style guru, best known for her hijab tutorials and style videos. She has over 9 million views and 69,000 subscribers on her Youtube channel.
I asked NabiilaBee a few questions to get her perspective on modesty and fashion.
The Modesta: What inspired you to become a fashion designer/figure?
Nabiila Bee: Back in 2011 there were only a couple of hijabi gurus on the internet and I felt there wasn’t any of my age range and my style was different. I wanted to show the modest side of fashion and that its possible to be modest and fashionable at the same time.
The Modesta: Do you feel responsible or pressured to maintain a certain image because you are Muslim?
Nabiila Bee: Yes, definitely being a role model you constantly have to remind yourself of what you do as your followers will follow your lead.
The Modesta: Describe your idea of modesty?
Nabiila Bee: Modesty that’s a hard one, everyone has their own idea of it, with me its would I pray in this, then I would go back and try to make the outfit more modest.
The Modesta: How do you believe modesty, or the lack of it impacts society?
Nabiila Bee: The media controls everything! That’s also why I got into showing my style on the internet, I wanted to show the modest side of fashion.
The Modesta: If you think about Islamic fashion today, do you believe that the trend is going too far in terms of adornment?
Nabiila Bee: Personally I think some of it is going way to far.
The Modesta: Has being Muslim in the fashion industry affected you? If so, how has it affected you?
Nabiila Bee: It’s not easy, nevertheless it’s making me a stronger person, it also makes me more and more immune to the crap muslims get and whenever I get discriminated for the scarf on my head or my religion it doesn’t affect me. It makes me want it more and want to make a change.
The Modesta: Are there are designers who inspire you?
Nabiila Bee: I get inspired by designers such as Marc Jacobs, Celine, Haider Ackermann and many more.
The Modesta: Is there any advice you would give to other Muslim girls interested in becoming a fashion designer, or being in the fashion industry?
Nabiila Bee: Yeah, you have to be passionate and do it out of love not fame. If you do it for fame you wouldn’t get far. There’s so much competition and ALOT of hard work you have to be dedicated. Otherwise go for it! Be proud of who you are and your religion and don’t do anything that you feel is not right.
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Note: This interview was conducted last year before I got discombobulated by having my last child.