Mariah Idrissi is a film maker and model who gained recognition as the first Muslim hijab-wearing model when she appeared in H&M's "Close the Loop" campaign in 2015.
BF You were recently in Kenya - what were you doing there?
MI: I work closely with a charity called 'Help Yateem', Yateem in Arabic means orphans and that's the main area they focus on. The project I went to visit in Kenya was for a new boys orphanage that an organisation called 'Al Walidayn Centre' is building. They have already built an entire complex for girls including the first free hospital in Kenya! I went to film content to raise money for the new orphanage as well as raise awareness for people to help support the costs of running the girls orphanage, school, mosque and hospital.
How has your attitude towards fashion changed since your first start?
MI: I've always loved fashion and how I can express my personality through clothing. However, over time I've become less interested in consumerism and grown interest in being more minimal and sustainable whilst still keeping up with trends and expressing myself.
How do you shop now?
MI: I don't shop as often and I usually buy new things when needed rather than just because I like something. I also love vintage and upcycling clothes so shops like 'Atika' in Brick Lane is a go to if I want to freshen up my wardrobe.
What's your favourite item in your wardrobe?
MI: Although I think I'm not the most sentimental person in the world, I do have a few items that I love and can't just put it down to one! I'd say a denim jacket that was given to me whilst I was doing a talk in the USA is one of my favourite items.
What does living a sustainable lifestyle look like for you?
MI: Living sustainably can mean so many different things to different people. For me, it's about intention and effort to be less of a consumer and more conscious of how we spend. The world is a big place, if we didn't create so much waste on our planet because of excessive spending whether it's on food or clothing, I think this will help reduce some of the problems.
What is your next film/documentary project?