Originally from Morocco but having being born and brought up in Copenhagen, I – Zizi –, like many other Muslim girls, balance my identity between the Eastern and Western worlds. I am your regular 19-year-old girl with a healthy love for shopping, traveling and food.
One of my many (even unreachable sometimes) goals in life was to get into medical school, which means I had to work hard to get good grades. It has been hard the entire time; having your head buried in books consistent of different differential equations to tons of chemical reactions drains almost all of the life in you, out of you. Now it might sound like school was a painful for me, but I actually loved school. Friends and classmates made it a lot easier to go through the amount of stress of fussing with projects and assignments – which definitely wasn’t a bed of roses!
“Although I never wished to have a gap year right after high school, I ended up having one.”
Studying while playing sports and having a job is not easy. You have zero breaks and I mean ZERO breaks! It takes a lot of planning if you don’t a have schedule to follow, just to make your days easier. Through all the stress I can only thank my parents for the support and motivation they have given me. Having a mother and father who always asks about how things are going and are there to help or just to give a pep talk makes a tremendous difference.
My plans were to head straight to the university right after high school and study medicine. But that somehow changed and I ended up having a gap year – which I really enjoy!
As a 19-year-old girl living in a European country, you sometimes have to deal with the struggles of being a hijabi. Putting it on is one thing, but feeling confident, beautiful, stylish and comfortable is sometimes a hassle. But I have to admit that fashion icons such as Dina Tokio, Saima Chowdry, Nadia aka ‘Winnedetwa’, Iman mostly known as ‘Fashionwithfaith’ and many more has made it much easier to be a hijabi and has even shown us styles, outfits and hijab-tricks that we wouldn’t even have thought about.
Now you might have heard this quote quite a lot:
”Fashion fades, but style is eternal”
To me, style is synonymous to individuality. I wear what I think looks good on me, and I wear what I feel represents my personality. This happens automatically with anyone – you shop using your personality as a guide, whether or not you realize it.
Everyone has their own individual clothing preferences.
So when people ask me questions about fashion, fashion tips or style, and now this may sound weird to you, I get really insecure and I do not know what to answer.
-Zizi discovered by Intern Diana Fuentes, you can follow Zizi on Instagram