Hello lovely ladies.
First off, i want to stress that i have nothing against anyone’s decisions about whether or not they have chosen to stay with Hijab Fashion Week SA or not. I respect everyone’s decision. I just want to shed some light on all the negativity surrounding the event since yesterday.
#HFWSA has had some bloggers who recently decided to pull out of the event. This information was brought social media.
During the day, I started seeing so many NEGATIVE posts about #HFWSA from loads of people online. This was so disappointing to me. I received messages from followers who said it seems like the bloggers who decided to stay on board with the event seemed like they have no integrity and were lying to their followers about the event, and i am one of those bloggers. I won’t lie, all the negativity from the public surrounding the event yesterday was making me feel like i needed to pull out. I started to feel guilty that i am still a part of the event.
I spoke to a friend and was encouraged to speak. I want to reassure everyone that the bloggers who left is in no way connected to the bloggers who stayed. Everyone had made a decision which was best for THEMSELVES and i fully respect the decisions made by everyone involved.
My biggest problem were the few followers who took it upon themselves to decide who had integrity or not.
The event ENCOURAGES sisterhood and woman empowerment. It ENCOURAGES support to our local brands who work hard at giving us what we need. It ENCOURAGES the growing industry of modest fashion. It gives us a chance to meet and support each other in person rather than just online.
In light of everything that has happened in the last two days, I must say that I am extremely disappointed with our Muslim community here in SA. An event which encourages woman empowerment and success, was actually broken down by the very people we are meant to encourage. How does something so exciting and positive become something that is darkened with negativity?
I urge us all in the Muslim community, especially as women, to learn from this. Start SUPPORTING one another instead of breaking each other down. When something happens that you don’t agree with, keep it yourself. Don’t ruin it for everyone else. There is no need to discourage anything unless its truly bad for you.
I have been really looking forward to seeing so many of you at the event. Please come and say HI to me! I am quite shy in person so don’t be surprised when I am surprised by you 🙂 ..
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Lastly, I just want to say (again), to all the people who are no longer a part of the event, I respect your decision made. You made the best decision for YOU.
To all the ladies who decided to stay, we will make this work! And I look forward to seeing you there!
The show must go on!
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Allah knows best…