Interview with Hira Ali

Today’s blog post is a pretty interesting one. Well, it was definitely an interesting one to put together. A few weeks ago we had reached out to a young blogger, Hira, also known as @thedreamingali on Instagram. We had originally asked if she would be interested in collaborating in which she gracefully agreed, however, her response shook our entire team to say the least.

For those of you who don’t know, the terms of a collaboration are usually done with an exchange of payments or the giving of free products, a review of the products are then given online in return. This is a great way for many small businesses to promote their product and for bloggers to make an income doing what they love.

The response Hira gave us shocked us because it was one that we’ve never received in the past. After she so kindly agreed to collaborate, she mentioned that she would like to pay for the hijabs we send her (say what?!). So not only would this lovely human being help us market our products but she offered to pay for them as well!

We decided to have a chat with Hira so we could better understand her reasoning and why she offered to do something most folks don’t even think about.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m currently a junior at Fashion Institute Technology (FIT) and I’m majoring in advertising and design. I tend to focus on campaigns and visuals that deal with a mission for social change, I like to use fashion to speak about social issues, it’s what I’m passionate about. I got into the blogging world because I’ve always had in interest in fashion. Growing up I was the only Muslim in my school so I wasn’t able to dress the way I wanted to in fear of being bullied. Sharing my world on Instagram allows me to keep up with my creative side and allows keeps me grounded in my religiosity. 

  1. How do you feel about the current state of the modest fashion world? 

I’m not completely content with it because of the lack of diversity. It’s unfortunate to see the modest fashion world has an ideal image as well- light skin models who dress very similarly, it’s all about the aesthetics. It isn’t authentic.

  1. When we had asked if you’d like to collaborate you agreed, but you offered to pay for the hijabs- why is that? 

 If I’m promoting something on my Instagram, its going to be products I completely stand by. I truly believe in Veiled Beaut’s mission; I believe it’s important for people to understand there are companies out there who are creating the change we ultimately want to see and we should be supporting them.

  1. Why do you think your response surprised us? 

I was surprised you were surprised!

  1. Do you feel like bloggers/influencers have a greater responsibility than the average lay person on Instagram? 

 Honestly, yes. So many people follow them and if they’re recommending something then people are going to use their own money to purchase these products. They need to be aware of their audience and not just go with the companies that are going to pay them the most.

You can stay up to date with Hira on her Instagram @thedreamingali!


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