Not all heroes wear capes, some of them wear nail polish, skirts and stilettos. Today, 8th of March we want to praise the role of 10 amazing arab women that are breaking the rules and changing stereotypes.
As women we don´t get enough recognition for the amazing things we are doing, challenging the world, beating huge obstacles while taking care of the family and loved ones.
Being a woman is hard. There is a long list of ladies changing the world and making history that deserves recognition and applause. We have created a list of 10 we very much admire and follow from DFN. They are all well known in the region, and we think it is about time, we pay a little tribute to these amazons.
10 AMAZING ARAB WOMEN
1.- Diala Makki
Speaking of fashion and class is talking about Diala. She has become the voice and bridge between fashion designers and the Arab audience and consumers. Diala has been a strong advocate for realistic beauty and ethics when it comes to social media. She raise her voice every time is necessary. Diala is the perfect example when I say that beauty comes from inside.
2.- Shahad Salman
Being a model is hard enough, but being a model with a skin condition makes it a million times harder. The modeling industry can be really hash; on top of that social media can be a monster hard to deal with. Shadah has proven her strength and the importance of the message she is trying to give to the world.
3.- Huda Kattan
Being a woman entrepreneur is something relatively new in the world. Not often we hear the “boss lady” speech. Executive women, owner business women, you name it. It is a kind of new world for us. Huda has created not only a brand, but has lead and open a path for the generations behind us. What she did is much more than running a business, she changed the business game.
4.- Ghizlan Guenez
Representation matters, and is not just a phrase. We all need to be fit in, somewhere, somehow. Ghizlan creating the first online destination for women who want to dress modest in luxury is helping two different groups of women that until now felt there wasnt a place for them to shop and feel they are important.
5.- Aseel Alhamad
Pioneers are called crazy until the rest understand the importance of standing up. Oh boy, how much I know about it! Aseel is a woman ahead of her time and she leading the change for many women in Saudi Arabia. There is many ways to do history, she choose to do it from behind the wheels. At DFN you have a fan club!
6.- Martyna Alqassab
In a culture not so used to see women in the front seat, is a game changer to create a platform, events and also featuring those women creating a path for other women in the front seat of a car.
Martyna without a doubt made history on behalf of all of us!
7.- Sara Al Madani
Much more than a Doctor, designer, speaker, wife, sister and friend, is a woman that had beat the horrific weight standards we are pressured to live in. She is a bulimia survivor and that is enough to make her life story worthy. Listening to her in a conference is just a breath of fresh air.
She says women don’t need to be empowered –actually she dislikes this word big time– because we are already powered. We are women, wives, moms, teachers, chefs, etc. all in one. We are powerful!
8.- Mona Eltawy
Mona is a feminist advocate in the region, with such a strong voice that the entire world has heard her. The passion in her activism is contagious. She is one of those human beings that do not need an introduction. She is an icon for every woman. Her book is a must on every bookstore.
The biggest lesson you must learn from here: if you don´t fight for your rights, then who will?
9.- Hanane Fatallah
Working to open a path and give visibility to plus size women since 2012 with her blog, Hanane does know how hard has been to to get to where she is now. She created the first platform to group all plus size women from the region, called “Middle east plus size collective”, now “Speak my plus”. A woman that has shown me in silence, in every step of the way, that integrity is just a quality of a few.
10.- Caroline Fattal
Every culture has it´s colors, it´s ways, it´s needs and another reason why we need representation in all as human beings. Caroline has created a platform to stand up for women in the MENA region. Their job is outstanding and necessary for all Arab women. Thank you, for fighting for all of us.
The heroes wear capes, high heels, lipstick and pony tails too!
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