Reem Al Kanhal, the talented designer and representative of the modern Saudi Arabian woman...

Reem Al Kanhal is the beautiful, talented and intelligent young designer from Saudi Arabia. Married at the age of 19 years old, and mother of two, she claims the power of women in a Muslim society. Her fashion respects her culture and traditions whilst bringing a real modernity, which doesn’t hesitate to show off the body instead of hiding it. A meeting with this young designer who has become the star designer during these 3 days of FW in Dubai. Interview with Reem Al Kanhal: I’ve always loved to work with my hands, I used to take my Mum’s clothes and flip them upside down to see how the construction is, I used to observe women down the street (my Mum, her friends) some I wished to be like, and some I didn’t. So it was something in me, I knew that it was in me. It wasn’t acceptable in my culture, everyone told me are you going to be a tailor? And I was telling them, it’s ok to be a tailor, because it’s a job and I could work all over the world when whatever happens, if there is a war (god forbid) I could work all over in the world I have my machine, I can work by hand, so I really believe in this so I wanted to be a role model for my daughters and I want to be a role model for the girls back home in Saudi Arabia and show them that pursuing your dream is not something to be ashamed of or be afraid of. My husband was supportive, my mother was supportive, my father is an amazing man, I wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t protecting me from everything that the mad people were mad at me because I spoke out on TV, you know it’s not that acceptable back home. So I hope that I can make a change and this is what I hope for.I didn’t want to copy Dolce&Gabbana, I didn’t want to copy the West, I want the West to be impressed with what I have as a Saudi woman, as a woman from the Middle East, I wanted to change this stereotype about us. The only different thing that wear is our abaya over our dresses, and when we go to our friends we take it off, just like a coat so sometimes it saves you if you are in a hurry and you want to go to the supermarket, I can go in my pyjamas wearing my abaya. My dream is to be all over the world and expand more and show people the creativity I can give more and more and more. And to show that even Saudi women and Middle Eastern women are really strong, stronger than you can ever think, we are really strong, we’ve changed a lot and we’re trying to change, it’s women power in my country now, it’s our power and young generation power and I’m sure you will see in the future.Free Music : Bandit & Nikit

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