Watch | BAZAAR Gets To Know Hijabi Model Mariah Idrissi

"It's really important to show people that you have the power to do whatever it is you want to do"

British model and activist Mariah Idrissi, sits down with BAZAAR to explain why she is changing the narrative around Muslim women, why we all may have overlooked Martin Luther King's wife Coretta Scott King and why a cup of tea without biscuits is a major no, no.

In 2015 Mariah made headlines for being the first Muslim, hijab-wearing model to feature in an international fashion campaign, fast forward four years, she continues to break boundaries by pioneering the modest wear movement, shattering stereotypes and strives to use her platform to promote positivity beyond fashion and beauty.

Idrissi shares a snapshot of her success with BAZAAR and emphasises the power of positivity. “As one of the many women who had paved a way for diversity I feel a great pleasure in my work, as well as a sense of responsibility. There's always going to be work to do and sometimes it's about doing what's right rather than what you want to do. I feel areas of my adversity have been more mental than physical. I felt very alone on a professional level as I tried to build a brand. It was a struggle for me to have a clear vision and a strategy. But that's where incredible friends and family came into play, and I can’t stress how important it is to have positive people in your life to help shape you to becoming the best version of yourself."

Press play to watch our chat with the young role model and future UK Prime Minister (we think), Mariah Idrissi.


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