We took a backstage breather to chat with FFF Team Member and Media Relations Manager, Yasmin Nouh. Yasmin is a recent alumni from the University of California, Irvine in Literary Journalism and is currently working at the OC Weekly! Check out what our favorite gypsy-at-heart has to say:
FFF: Yasmin, tell us what you do!
YN: I'm an editorial assistant/reporter at the OC Weekly by day and sometimes by weekend, too. I'm learning to report on one of the most fascinating places in the country - Republican, corruption smitten Orange County. When I come home from work, I attempt to cook various Egyptian dishes with my husband, but we unfailingly fail, so we whip up Italian food instead. You can't go wrong cooking pasta.
YN: When I was in college, I volunteered at an after school program for children with homeless parents. They were the most vibrant, brightest and resilient group of kids I met. I remember the children told me I looked like a hippie. They were the best. My favorite act of charity was spending time with those children.
FFF: What is one piece of fashion advice that you swear by?
YN: Mismatch your outfit. But you can't mismatch it in a way where everything matches, but only your hijab color or shoes don't match. No, no, no. Mismatch your entire outfit, and believe you me, it will never fail to come together... insha'Allah.
FFF: What is one quirky/interesting thing about you?
YN: I've been writing poems and prose and essays about my parents for three years now. When I want to write about myself, I almost always end up writing about my mother or father instead. They are the most fascinating people I know.
FFF: How did you get involved with FFF?
YN: I got involved with FFF during my junior year when I saw how incredibly passionate my friends at UCI were about the organization. Passion is a powerful thing to witness -- real passion. Seeing how inspired they were about putting this event together inspired me to jump into the mix. In my senior year, I volunteered my time as a Media Relations Coordinator, which is what I'm doing now for FFF. I'm trying to get the word out about the fashion show through blogs - fashion blogs, Muslim fashion blogs, arts and culture blogs. I love that FFF is first about charity, then promoting modest fashion. This event reflects the women who organize and attend it - strong, giving, caring, empowering, beautiful, creative, fun and stylish.
We hope you enjoyed out chat with Yasmin and look forward to introducing you to more team members soon!