The UWL Anti-Islamophobia Working Group, in partnership with UWL Fashion Week, thanks you for sponsoring our upcoming events with Visiting Artist of Color, Mariah Idrissi. The event info and bio are below, and a flyer is attached.
Muslim, Model, and Motivation
Monday, Oct 23, 2017
1400 Centennial Hall
Modeling isn’t just for fame or for the company, at least it isn’t for Mariah Idrissi who takes her modeling as a way of role modeling for girls and women all over the world. In her life plans, modeling is just one role which she hopes to utilize to bring awareness and comfort to women looking for balance, a place in the world, and their power.
Reception with the Artist
Tues, October 24, 2017
3100 Centennial Hall
Changing the Face of Fashion
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
1309 Centennial Hall
Mariah Idrissi connects two worlds- the world of fashion and Muslim women- by her experience as one of the first Muslim model in an H&M promo. Mariah explores the changing and evolving role of inclusion in fashion, and the importance of representation in all fields, especially fashion. She also explores the ways representation in fashion and elsewhere can lead to breaking down barriers of misconceptions and Islamophobia.
Mariah Idrissi is the world’s first hijab wearing model to be signed to ‘Select’ models and feature in a global campaign for H&M late 2015. In addition to being a model, she is an international public speaker, promoting female empowerment and part of a growing movement bringing modest fashion to the masses regardless of faith or background. She has been interviewed by national and international news and radio stations, such as: CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, just to name a few. She has also been featured in high fashion magazines worldwide such as Marie Claire, Teen Vogue and Grazia.
Growing up in London, England, Mariah studied at a local Islamic school for ten years and graduated with a B.A in English Literature. Idrissi is an advocate for various humanitarian causes, one of which endorses charity Human Care Syria in the ‘Women’s Hygiene and Sanitation Project’. Also, as part of an NHS social action campaign to drive young donors to register and give blood, Idrissi joined other leading Black and Asian public figures in an online promotional video campaign. The Telegraph’s Fashion News and Features Editor, Bibby Sowray credits Mariah Idrissi as “one of the first to make waves in the industry.”