Arab fashion icon Tamara Al-Gabbani wants to inspire people to be happy

Tamara Al-Gabbani
Updated 16 March 2018
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Arab fashion icon Tamara Al-Gabbani wants to inspire people to be happy

JEDDAH: Dubai-based fashion star Tamara Al-Gabbani has collaborated with the UAE’s Ministry of Happiness to promote the sunny side of life.
Al-Gabbani announced the collaboration in an Instagram post.
In a video, the Saudi designer, blogger and fashion icon talks about what she would tell her younger self. “Life is going to bring me some tragic moments but not to let me down ... it’s okay to be sad for a little while but then I have the tools and the tenacity to overcome them and that happiness is my choice,” she said. In a second video, Al-Gabbani shares with her fans how she copes with each day.
“I would say there is a series of happy moments in my life but everyday I wake up deciding that today whatever happens I am gonna go to sleep a happy girl,” she said.
“Positivity and happiness is most definitely a journey where you choose how to handle and manage your reactivity to life, emotions, moods, curve balls, circumstances ... etc,” Al-Gabbani wrote.
“It doesn’t mean not feeling the human response to a situation or moment, but rather feeling it and then taking the decision to accept what has happened, find the silver lining (if you can), and then moving on ... Happiness is a choice and a responsibility. No one is perfect, but we can use each day to work on ourselves and become better version of ourselves. Change is a good thing, and we are all capable of it,” she wrote on Instagram.


MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

Updated 20 September 2018
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MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

  • Rawan Bin Hussain is one of the largest influencers in the region
  • Aside from launching a lipstick line, the Kuwaiti blogger studies law in London

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti influencer, who has 3 million Instagram followers, talks about studying law, learning to fly and why gender biases are ‘so 1800s’

Being a fashion blogger is not the opposite of being a lawyer – they don’t conflict. I didn’t leave law behind. I’m still studying it. I could have moved to Dubai and made millions a month like other bloggers, but I’m not. I’m living in London making nothing a month because education comes first for me.
To show that lawyers don’t only fight for justice in court, but also in real life by giving back to the community, I launched a law association in Kuwait for female law students, law graduates and lawyers. If you have knowledge in the field of law, I want your experience and we can work together to do charity work and attend workshops.
I’ve always loved traveling around the world, so why not have my own license and my own airplane jetting around the world?
I don’t mind taking risks because I think people who don’t take risks are cowards. Life is fun, life is full of experiences, full of lessons. If you don’t fail and if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t achieve anything in life. It doesn’t come on a plate of gold. You have to work for it.

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A lot of people think that when you are a beauty icon, you are an empty head, empty-minded. We are not. A lot of bloggers are good mothers to their children, they are engineers, doctors, lawyers. They have a career, they just choose to do blogging, which is what they love, and I respect it because you should do what you love and love what you do.
We need to stop stereotyping, criticizing, judging based on the way she looks, the way she dresses, the way she appeals to others. I cannot please everybody as, most of all, I need to please myself.
I regret being too transparent sometimes. I am too spontaneous. I say my opinion in a very casual way – maybe I don’t think about the circumstances or the consequences. But if you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn a lesson.  
We shouldn’t look as men as competition or a dangerous threat. We can work together to make this world a better place.
As a woman, I want to say look at me, I’m here. I can be a lawyer, a pilot, a public figure, an entrepreneur. I am capable of doing so many things. Men need to see that and respect that and not underestimate us because we are females. Judgment based on gender is so 1800s.