MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

Rawan bin Hussein
Updated 20 September 2018

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.

Startup of the Week: Fusion of different world cultures

Updated 18 December 2018

Startup of the Week: Fusion of different world cultures

  • The Boho Factory aims to fuse unique designs and trends from different cultures around the world with the Saudi culture

The Bohemian or boho clothing style is fast gaining popularity in the Kingdom. It is a beautiful fusion of authentic hippie gypsy style and many other cultures from around the world particularly African and Indian.
The word bohemian describes the non-traditional way of living. It first appeared in the English language in the 19th century.
The media revolution has given rise to a new global culture without any boundaries. The youth around the world today think more globally than their predecessors and Saudi youngsters are no exception.
Two Saudi sisters, Lujain and Sara Al-Nahdi, teamed up to create a new Saudi boho brand called “The Boho Factory” in April 2018.
The Jeddah-based sisters began their venture with the slogan “All things bohemian.” They offer a wide variety of bohemian designs with embroidery and embellishments on shirts, jackets, beachwear, Ramadan thobes, trousers, clutches, bags, sandals and earrings.
Most of their products are comfortable and stylish and represent the fast-evolving modern global culture.
Lujain said: “Growing up in a family that loves traveling and discovering new exotic destinations, instilled in us a passion for culture, unity and appreciation of beauty through communities across the globe.’’
The Boho Factory aims to fuse unique designs and trends from different cultures around the world with the Saudi culture.
“As a Saudi Arabia-based brand, we wish to share stories about the Saudi culture with the world. Our next collection of clothing will embody Saudi tribal and Bedouin designs.”
The creative duo wants to introduce the world’s authentic designs and cultures to Saudis and to serve as a bridge between different cultures and communities using the fashion industry.
The Saudi sisters are eager to showcase the beauty of a diverse world through their designs to reflect the lavish yet simple concepts in fashion.
Lujain said: “We are constantly eager to reflect the universal beauty and connection through our clothing lines and vibes.’’
The Boho Factory provides unique designs of Wayuu bags and embroidered denim jackets.
Lojain said: “Some designs are designed locally in-house by us and some are designed in collaboration with artisans and communities who reside across different continents.”
They believe that a clothing line that has a story to tell and can identify with a culture can conquer hearts everywhere. What distinguishes the bohemian style from other styles is the way it associates with exotic locations and festival dresses, it suits all seasons of the year but is often suitable for the summer and spring, seasons of bright, vibrant and rich colors.
The sisters use integrated designs from Colombia, Thailand, Mexico and India, which include the use of authentic textiles, symbols and colors representing each country and more importantly the bohemian vibes.
With the exotic, carefully handmade designs the Boho Factory takes one to places; from the Far West to the Far East.
The store is planning to expand its reach by displaying its products on different e-commerce platforms.