• Summaya Badbess

4 Inspiring Creatives You Should be Following

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

With the current distressing times, it's important to connect with creatives that inspire us to make the most inside these four walls. And one of the most exciting things to look out for in a crisis, is inspiration. We therefore, rounded up 4 inspirational women to follow on your Instagram account to kick you out of your quarantine blues and get your creative juices flowing.

Dina Yassin @the_eripolitan

Dina Yassin has worked with some of the world's top fashion magazines and icons including Vogue Arabia, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar Art, Rouge and Velvet, to name a few. Back in March, this year, she made it to number 7 at the top Global (Inspirational) African Ascendants List with the likes of Trevor Noah, Virgil Abloh and Stormzy at the Sette Corriere De La Serra, which is one of the oldest and highest reputable publications in Milan.

Dina's essence and creativity can be traced back to her mixed heritage, born in Sudan to parents with Eritrean back ground, Dina is at the forefront as a major advocate for Sustainable Fashion in the region.

Over the last year, Dina has taken the leap in shining more light on African creativity as one of the founders of Africa Middle East Fashion Week (AFWME), she is also the founder of Efro & Co, as a creative she holds many titles, including Stylist, Fashion Designer and Creative Director.

Dina's bright and colorful social media timeline well articulates her friendly personality, her love for fashion and her passion for sustainability in the fashion industry. Dina's humble and loving personality can make you feel at ease within the industry, but don't be fooled because behind that oh so humble exterior, Dina carries with her years of experience in the fashion industry that will likely bring any one of us early creatives running to seek her knowledge. Featured below is one of Dina's work as a stylist for  "Kenzo's Frida Girl"-Velvet Magazine." 

NINORTA MALKE @ninortamalke

Born and Raised in Sweden, Dubai based stylist, Ninorta Malke, brings style and grace onto her work. Her stylist career began when she moved to London, it was during her time in London where Ninorta explored further her passion which was mainly inspired by art, travel, music and the bustling varying cultures within London.

Nino, as she prefers to be addressed, carries several titles under her belt, including Fashion trend analysis, Editorial design fashion focus, Image consultant and Personal styling. Nino's passion includes creative styling in which she has a great eye for detail, she also donates some of her proceeds to Dress for Charity.

Nino has worked with several celebrities including Ro James, Miguel, Mali Music, Kevin Ross, Jeremih, Swae Lee and Ramires. She was the head stylist at New York Fashion Week 2017, her work has also been featured on HUF Magazine, La Plus Belle Magazine and Monaco Fashion Magazine to name a few. Nina who arrived in UAE this year aims to bring in her global cultural knowledge of style and fashion to the UAE and Middle East.

*Cover photo page is from Nino's excerpt in Lucy Magazine's photoshoot.

Amy Akudo Iheakanwa

@kudokilla @shekudo

Nigerian-Australian designer, Akudo, who grew up in Australia and moved to Nigeria in 2017, is the founder and Creative Director of Shekudo, a sustainable Nigerian label, her work is at the centre of responsible, ethical fashion focusing on creating sustainable products that also work on building the community around her.

Akudo's passion for art and Nigeria is reflected onto her work, she uses sustainable material and local artisans that use intricate processes in all her hand made creations.

Since the launch, Shekudo has been featured on Vogue, Fashion Africa Now, Financial times, Okay Africa and has recently been featured as one of the top Black-Led labels supported by New York Fashion Week.

Akudo's work is now also carried and supported by Vaa Afrika.

Shukriya Mohamed @brokeindubay

From all the social media pages we see on a day to day basis, when it comes to the matters of body positivity movement and mental health in the UAE, Shukriya is one to be followed. A scroll through her social media timeline reveals a young woman who has no issues speaking her mind, and has used her voice to discuss issues that many choose to turn a blind eye from. Her voice echoes further, her voice has been leading the path in Dubai towards women of color and body positivity. She does not shy away from discussing the stereotypes that come with her cause and daily lifestyle. Shukriya was recently featured in an article by Unootha that she dubs "The Body Issues" where she discusses her views on body and love. You can read all this and more on Shukriya's blog.

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