Universally adored Arabic superstar Yousra has admitted that prior to achieving fame, her life was full of adventures of an entirely different kind: “Before I was famous I was reckless and nothing really mattered to me,” she told BAZAAR in an interview for the September cover. “I didn’t care what I wore or whether I went out or not, I did whatever I wanted… regardless of anything. Fame changed that and made me think twice before I did anything, because now I’m an idol, and that can often feel like having kids and trying to guide them in the right way.”
With a bohemian youth behind her, we asked exactly what carefree stories she could share. “I would travel on vacation for three months with nothing but two dresses and that was all I needed. Nothing could stop me from just going out in a pair of jeans or shorts – I only had one swimsuit that I had to wait to dry before wearing again. I had no need to show off. Now, however, everything is about how you look,” she laments; another indication of her vocal disdain for social media, which she spoke about here.
“I used to go anywhere and no one would invade my privacy in an annoying way. I could climb to the top of a pyramid all by myself at 3am and scream at the top of my lungs and no one would judge me for it,” she sighs, adding, “I have lots of stories from before I became famous that I truly miss.”
“The more I get older the more I like myself,” she admits. “There’s no doubt I would love to get back some of my youth, but I certainly don’t miss everything about it.”
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