Amira

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Hi! My name is Amira Remmas and I am Algerian. Currently, I am aiming to pursue a Fashion Designer Career insha’Allah. To be honest, I feel that this career of fashion chose me instead of the other way around. It’s amazing because even though it has been two years since I graduated from highschool, I have been confused about what to do with my career. It’s almost magical how I am continuously pulled towards it. I decided to muster up the courage and study fashion and loving it.

For me, seeing my mom raising us after my dad’s death allowed me to form a deep respect for her. She was left with the responsibility of four kids on her shoulders alone in a very male-dominated society

As cliche as it sounds, my mom is my biggest female influence. I think our moms will always be our role models. For me, seeing my mom raising us after my dad’s death allowed me to form a deep respect for her. She was left with the responsibility of four kids on her shoulders alone in a very male-dominated society where women aren’t treated equally and are easily taken advantage of. A lot of the mentality we were raised to believe was that women ” belong to the kitchen” and seeing my mother shatter those stereotypes made me who I am. My mom always supported the idea of an intellectual working woman, simply because if she wasn’t one, we wouldn’t have made it this far in our society.

Because of having such a powerful role model as my mother, I was able to find the courage at 19 years old to move to a completely new continent, with new people and culture to pursue my dream. Initially I came here with the idea to study Business Administration but I knew deep inside that that’s not what I wanted. I kept postponing my dream to study fashion because what if I didn’t make it? What if it was a failure? I realized what I was doing was taking a step back out of fear. After all, what is life if we don’t take risks? I had all the qualifications for this dream of mine, so why not give it a try? I could never know the answer to my “what if’s” if I didn’t take a risk on myself – and that’s exactly what I ended up doing.

Because of having such a powerful role model as my mother, I was able to find the courage at 19 years old to move to a completely new continent, with new people and culture to pursue my dream.

I am completely on my own here, and while it is scary, I think back to how my mother did it while raising four children after my father’s death. I know it is important to pursue my dreams and support myself because you really never know where life will take you. I thank her for the bravery she passed onto me. I am happy to be chasing my dreams, despite how long it took to get here.

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