By Hanan Awaad
In the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ , the brilliant writer and actress Nia Vardalos gives herself a makeover. I can relate to her easily like many girls and women struggled with body image issues , self-confidence and most importantly having no mentor to guide them and teach them how to look and feel awesome.
Being a nerdy kid with a pushy mom , who pushed me over and over to study more and observe the highest standards of modesty, made my relationship to style and clothes a love-hate kind of relation. I knew how to dress nicely , but the choice was not mine. With my mom in the driver’s seat all the time and the piles of the hand-me clothes from her and my aunts I had no excuse to go and get what I really wanted. For years and years, I was stuck in ageing clothes that belonged to a different generation. I wanted to have bangs , but not allowed to have the same … I wanted to wear nice Ts, but according to mom’s standards , girls should wear blouses, not Ts. From time to time, my father took me on a shopping spree and I managed to get nice pieces.
Years passed by and in the university, I was the only girl studying mechanical engineering among 90 boys. With no education in style or fashion and my desire to project the image of the tough girl , I trapped myself in oversized shirts and baggy jeans. Until after graduation, I hated how I looked and I hated all my clothes.
After graduation , I immediately got a job as an engineer with a relatively big salary. And only at that time , I started my own journey to transform how I look and how I feel about my image, and I wanted to share that journey with you.
Originally posted 2016-05-04 05:21:45.