Noreen (AKA Curly Young Thing from the blog www.curlyyoungthing.com)
3. Where are you from?
4. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Bold. Brown. Beautiful.
5. Explain why you chose those 3 words.
I chose bold because that describes my personality; I’m pretty straight forward and outgoing. Brown is more about my identity—growing up constantly feeling like the representative of a minority group. Beautiful because I’m proud of who I am and how I look.
There’s no denying the importance of presentation and the difference it makes in people’s perceptions. We live in a very physical world and something as simple as rocking your natural hair or embracing your curves has actually become a much larger statement of acceptance and self-love by defying the norm and showing there’s more than one definition of beauty. At the same time, living in the US at a time that’s increasingly filled with hate and perpetuated stereotypes targeted towards minority groups, owning my identity is the biggest statement that I can make in my day to day life. Like, “Hi, I’m Noreen. I’m a first-generation Egyptian-American Muslim. And I slay.”
6. What is something that you are passionate about?
See above. Haha no but seriously, I’d have to say living authentically and forming meaningful relationships that help expand people’s horizons and ultimately make the world a more accepting, empowering, and celebratory place.
7. Who is the most phenomenal woman you know? Why?
I’m gonna have to go with my mama. Because she does it all and makes it look easy. She’s always having fun, bringing people up, and helping others out. And she’s always got my back J
8. What does being a phenomenal woman mean to you?
Phenomenal women make a positive difference in the lives of the people around them. They take care of themselves so that they’re happy and able to take care of everything else. As one phenomenal woman that I’ve got a lot of love for once said, “Who run the world? Girls.”