But why Fashion? #bullying #mentalhealth

Hello my gazelles, I hope that you’re all doing well! Today’s topic is about fashion and how I used it as a form of self-expression which helped me shape my personal identity.

You may already know that I lived in Newcastle for more than 9 years. I have to say that a lot has happened. Like that one time I got threatened to get my hair chopped off by some girls who were serious enough to stick chewing gum up in my hair and it was an absolute pain to remove !

On the other hand; I had to cope with being bullied by some Arabs for not covering up my hair, until time went by and I started wearing a headscarf. I then got upgraded to a new level by being publicly harassed by non-muslims for wearing one.

This is a note to say that I am not trying to offend anybody, however, I will still share my personal experience.

It took me time to make good friends, but fashion kept me company, it may sound crazy to you, but the time that I’ve spent getting ready, picking out my outfits has always felt so therapeutic and soothing.

The way that I perceive fashion is so much more than wearing the latest trends, and it’s not based on the amount of high end and designer items that I own, I perosnally see it as a from of #selfcare.

It’s a way of living! Every day I wake up is a new chance for me to wear another outfit that makes me feel and look good. While some people think dressing up is a lot of effeort, and it’s done to impress others, my opinion is the total opposite because the only person I am willing to impress is myself.

So why fashion? because it’s empowering, and it boosted my confidence. Every style has a different impact on how I feel, and that’s the beauty of it. For instance the Characterful gown by Amoralle made me feel elegant, feminine and it embraced a different side of my personality.

Don’t forget that I like to hear from you so feel free to send me your stories and life experiences, let’s all share the love and support each other.

Stay safe, and love yourself.

Eslam Gazelle

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