Manal Ahmed 33, from Abu Dhabi has fulfilled her dream by becoming the first Emirati woman to receive the title of Fashion and Style Ambassador for Fashion Arabia, an international exhibition that gives global exposure to Arabian designers. She knew from an early age that she wanted to use fashion to make her mark in the world. In her interview she said that she was chosen as the first Emirati in the media sector from the Arab and Gulf region.The choice came based on several specifications – preserving culture and traditions, wearing modest clothing, having style and coordination of colors, as well as wearing the right clothes for the right occasion. Make-up also plays a big role.
Ms Ahmed told that she began to understand the trends of fashion by the time she was 8. She fell in love with colors, dresses, designs and make-up. She began learning all about fashion and beauty.
When she accepts the honor this year, Ms Ahmed wore her traditional clothing and jewelry. As she said that she was happy to be showing people who aren’t used to their dress style what Emirati traditional wear is. It is important to show the Emirati identity.
She has worked as a presenter on the Oloum Al Dar news segment on Abu Dhabi TV and said this had given her the chance to show her fashion sense. Further she told about her interest that she loves getting ready, wearing nice clothes and having make-up put on. She loves being special and looking unique.
In show she came in her traditional outfits and admit that being on the show allowed her to choose the right clothes – what abaya to wear – and how her hair would look. She believed it opened many doors for her. Ms Ahmed believed women must always try to dress stylishly. She said that a woman must always be elegant and classy. For her, she felt that was how she would feel she was exceptional.
Manal Ahmed advised to girls that It is also important to always change something in their style – their hair, their make-up, to change the entire appearance every now and then, and they should try to find their own style.
Describing the beauty of famine she said that every girl has beautiful features, It could be her hair, her eyes, anything. She must highlight them. Ms Ahmed hopes to host her own talk show, to inspire and educate other women on fashion.
She also expressed every woman feelings that a lot of women want to look good, they want to feel special but lack the knowledge. They don’t know how to dress.
Many of her friends and family members heed her advice.as she feels that every woman needs to know what to wear and when – what works for work, or a party or a wedding – and she enjoys helping and making other people feel special, to give them confidence.”
Soon, Manal Ahmed will launch her new fashion line of couture and ready-to-wear, everyday dresses.
She works as an event specialist at Abu Dhabi Media, which publishes The National. She stands to give a new trend in the world of Fashion with Arab tradition and culture.
From The National