Eman B Fendi
— As told to Noor Fedala
Eman B Fendi is a New Yorker who is rocking street-style fashion and imprinting her own daring and modest style in the industry. Eman is a personal stylist, a fashion architect, and a make-up artist. Additionally, she has even covered NYFW for Muslim Editor, and Charlotte Smith at Style Cartel. She will graduate from Hunter College in May of 2020 with a BA in Physiological Psychology. Truly, there is nothing this woman can’t do!
She is known for her holistic approach to personal styling, honing in what makes her clients unique, whilst ensuring they remain stylish and comfortable. Living and working in New York, Eman knows how to add convenience to women’s looks, combining trendy and chic clothing items with her effortlessly fashionable street style. She wears her style with confidence that can be felt radiating from her photographs.
Seeing Eman through the lens of social media, it’s easy to conclude that she is talent personified, and has embodied openness, sincerity, and charisma. She expresses these characteristics through her work, and is deservedly getting more and more recognition in the fashion industry.
Eman is a woman to be watched for her bold choices when it comes to her unique and confident approach to styling, and when we sat down to chat with her, she had some fascinating advice on how to live life on your own terms:
Muslim Girl: What is your biggest inspiration behind the work that you do?
Eman B Fendi: My biggest inspiration has to be anyone that’s ever doubted me.
What has been the best lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
To be true to who I am, and the rest will follow. Also, being open to new lessons and perspectives. I read in an article that advised: if you want to be heard, listen. That’s been a crucial lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far, but I’m still a work in progress.
What is the most important challenge you’ve overcome as a Muslim woman in your industry?
In the beginning, around 2015, I was surprised to see that I was one of very few Muslim women in the room. Fast forward to today and we have Halima, Ikram, and other Muslim models on the forefront that have helped big time with representation. Slowly but surely, doors are opening for us, one hijabi at a time.
What is the one message you hope to deliver to the next generation of Muslim girls?
For the next generation of Muslim girls and women, I want them to be fearless and to know you don’t need to compromise a damn thing about yourself to get to where you want. We all have a voice in society, and there’s no reason to silence yours.
What do you wish you could say to yourself 10 years ago?
Take care of you before anyone else.