Huda Kattan, the personality behind the number-one beauty account on Instagram, has been the victim of cyber-bullying precisely two times. Given that each instance was prompted by an association with Harper’s Bazaar, Huda is readying her battle stance as she graces the cover of the October issue in recognition of her accomplishments as a truly game-changing blogger-turned-entrepreneur.
The first campaign of Huda-bashing was launched when she was booked as the make-up artist for a Bazaar photo shoot, back in the days when she toiled at the coalface of cosmetics as an artist for Revlon. As a relative newcomer to the scene, a rival took umbrage at Huda securing such a prestigious job and sent vindictive emails around the world, advising industry insiders not to work with her. “It was pretty awful and aggressive,” Huda remembers. The second incident was masterminded by a fellow blogger, following a headline appearance Huda made at a Harper’s Bazaar event in Bahrain. Each time the police were involved and the perpetrators halted. However, rather than stymie Huda’s ambition, she says that the attacks stood her in good stead for what was to come.
“It was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” she smiles with the wisdom of hindsight. “Because afterwards, I just didn’t care what people said.” Such thick skin is helpful when you have 15 million followers on Instagram – more than twice that of Oprah Winfrey. “I remember at the time, walking into a room when people were talking crap about me. I was just like, ‘You know what? Talk about me. Is it going to affect my business? Is it going to affect who I am? Is it going to affect what I’m doing? No. I might cry myself to sleep behind closed doors, but nobody is going to know. You are not going to make me stop blogging, you are not going to make me stop working hard. Nothing is going to stop me from doing that’.” So now, when Huda gets even a sniff of cyber sniping, “I’m just like, ‘Oh, honey, I’ve heard worse’."
Watch our exclusive behind the scenes cover video below.
From the October 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia.
Photography: Williams & Hirakawa. Styling: Katie Trotter. Production: Nina Ross. Make-up: Mary Jane Frost at Jed Root. Hair: Adrian Clark at The Wall Group. Fashion assistant: Samah Elmeri. Photographer’s assistant: Mark Field. With thanks to Baros, Maldives, Baros.com