For The Uninspired Women: Every Monday we will be posting interviews with women in the creative industry. From female film directors, photographers, Studio owners to actresses, Make Up artists and musicians. We understand how hard it is to keep motivated when you’re in or thinking about joining an industry that is only looked upon as successful if you “make it” in this society of course.
Meet Mariam Rahman a girl who loves fashion, art and anime. I had the pleasure of meeting Mariam a year ago on a set for a production that didn’t air. I found her love for anime and dance so intriguing I made sure to keep in contact with her. With over 15 thousand followers on social media she has been a positive advocate for informing young ladies about pressuring matters such as mental health and her eating disorder.
Lets get to know her
How did your childhood influence your creativity ?
From a very young age I had a strong passion and love for the arts (dance, acting, singing) and creative writing/poetry. I also really enjoyed cartoons and anime. As I’ve gotten older i’ve carried that with me, see most of my make up looks and hair looks are inspired by the animes i’ve watched. Personally I’ve always found it easier to express myself through writing and dance.
Whats your favourite anime show to watch and why ?
My favourite anime is sailor moon because she is very powerful but doesn’t realise how powerful she is and always doubts herself and her skills, which I often do sometimes but I really shouldn’t because I need to believe in myself more and realise that I am talented.
You are known for your simplistic bold eye liner looks and im sure your supporters want to know what inspires your look ?
Art simply inspires my make up looks. I like to express myself through makeup and I like
getting really creative with the looks. Everyone knows me as the “sharp eyeliner” girl
which is funny but true because I refuse to never not have sharp eyeliner aha
What’s your favourite feature ?
Funnily enough I didn’t used to like my eyes because I thought they were really big, but i’ve grown to love my big almond shape eyes and I love them and wouldn’t change them for the world mashallah.
What is the biggest misconception that people have about you ?
I think people think im really confident all the time but that’s not entirely true, I mean there are days I feel confident but there are also days/moments where im actually quite shy and it takes me a while to warm up.
I noticed that you mentioned on Instagram that you suffered from an eating disorder. Why did you think it was important to share this information ?
I think it was definitely important for me to have mentioned my struggle with an eating
disorder because I didn’t want comments about my body which was unhealthy to be seen as “goals”. I went as far as deleting all my body pictures on Instagram and started fresh with my feed as recovery. I have always been skinny but I wasn’t skinny and healthy and that’s what I didn’t want to promote.. NOW what I want to promote is my recovery and the struggles that come with it.
Has sharing this information impacted you in a positive or negative way ?
Sharing this information has definitely impacted me in a positive way. I was in denial
before but now I feel like I know myself and have come to a realisation that things weren’t good.
For those who don’t have any knowledge on eating disorders. What is the best thing not to say and what to say (in terms of being comforting ) ?
It’s very important to understand eating disorders in general, there are a few and they are not all the same, there are different triggers but all need to be addressed sensitively. I can only really speak from my own experiences and from the few ‘ive heard from others telling someone to just eat more is not how you help someone at all if it were that easy im sure it wouldn’t be a problem in the first place?
Do you think this generation is more depressed than our parents generation ? if so why ?
I’m not really sure to be honest, but there is a lot of pressure now in this generation, social media can be harmful for people’s mental health and there’s just a whole load of other things That this generation has been introduced to that aren’t particularly good for us.
What projects are you working on right now ?
I’m working on the biggest project of my life and I honestly cannot wait until all my hard work is completed and for everyone to see it. I don’t want to mention what exactly im working on just yet but just know it is going to be a success.
Whats your favourite Quote ?
My favourite quote is by Maya Angelou : My mission in life is not merely to survive, but
to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and
Who inspires you ?
My inspirations are Audrey Hepburn, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Rupi Kaur and Kim Chi.
What do you want your legacy to be ?
Id love to be remembered as a powerful woman who helped others uplift themselves
especially for black girls. And also for talking openly about mental health problems.
You can find Mariam on her social media sites instagram and twitter
See you next Monday