Last month, the Do It For The Dick Challenge hashtag went viral on social media. In what was potentially the scariest piece I've written so far (which just goes to show the extent to which women police themselves let alone each other!), I penned my thoughts in my first piece for Grazia UK's print magazine. As an Egyptian woman in particular, but even as a woman in general, there are so many double standards when it comes to what we're allowed to want and our subsequent behaviour. It's kind of boring now, don't you think?
The burgeoning fashion and beauty industries in the Middle East are becoming an international power, and with them, massively successful Middle Eastern bloggers and photographers have begun to enjoy many of the same perks as their Western counterparts. Just like ones based in New York, L.A., London, and Sydney, Middle East fashion blogs represent a spectrum of people, personal styles, and philosophies. From religious fashion bloggers who advocate for modest dressing to fashion-forward bloggers who champion standing out, personal style in the region is, as anywhere else, nuanced and varied. Yet, blogging in the Middle East comes with its own set of challenges. Attitudes throughout the region range from the more lax, like Dubai, where you can essentially wear whatever you want, to Saudi Arabia, where women are not permitted to drive or even leave the country without explicit written consent from a male spouse or guardian. But regardless of city or state, there is value placed on the traditional.
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