Creatyst Interviews Fashion Blogger Rida Islam
Rida started her career as a model which transformed her into a Fashion Blogger. She was also the Fashion Editor for Mieux & Mieux as well as a guest contributor for Brown Girl Magazine.
How would you define your blog ‘Dallas Intuitive’ ?
Dallas[Intuitive] is a style-centric culture blog that explores various conversations within sub-cultures. It celebrates the offbeat, the weird, and the eccentric. The platform is an opportunity to challenge norms and share a unique perspective.
“People are multidimensional and I think style should reflect that.”
How do you like to dress?
My style is very eclectic and I never conform to one genre of dress. People are multidimensional and I think style should reflect that. Most days I prefer comfort, but occasionally I like to get creative and wear something outrageous. It’s how I express myself.
What inspired you to engage in such a creative profession when you are studying Psychology & Counseling?
I think it’s because my work in Psychology & Counseling is so rigorous and stressful that I need a creative outlet to explore without limits. I love my work and would not change it for anything. I believe my life purpose is to seek greater understanding about myself and the world around me — whether it’s psychology, music, or fashion — it all inspires me towards greater understanding.
You have also ventured into e-commerce under ‘Rida’s pop up shop’. Tell us a little bit about that.
Rida’s Pop-Up Shop grew out of a need to recycle and revitalize a niche market. Like many living in the US, we spend exorbitant amounts of money on Desi clothes, which we only use once or twice. I think Rida’s Pop-Up Shop is a unique approach towards addressing that kind of wastefulness and gives girls access to the latest styles for a quarter of the price. There’s a stigma in the Desi community about pre-owned clothing, however thrift shops are pretty mainstream in the US. A South Asian online thrift shop had never been done before, I’m just thrilled that the support has been overwhelmingly positive. I like to think we are doing more than just selling clothes, but rather challenging a mentality.
You being an American Indian, do you feel Indian fashion have an influence over people staying in US ?
I think it creates an interesting dynamic having multiple influences and exposure to various types of style. I am personally always influenced by what’s going on in Indian and I tried to combine my cultures in my style often. Everyone here is very much in touch with the latest trends and fashion back home. It keeps up connected.
What challenges do you face in running a fashion blog ? And how do you overcome them?
I think the biggest challenge for me is just keeping up with the blog regularly when I have so much else going on. But I don’t do it for the followers, or the money, and so I only put out content that I am proud of every single time. That’s important to me. In a market where everyone is buying followers and reducing things down to numbers, I believe that in order to create with integrity, you have got to focus on what the core of your message. If you are true to your vision, success will come, even in ways you least expect.
What’s in stored for 2016?
We are relaunching Rida’s Pop-Up Shop. Our first year was really more of a trial to see how everyone responds. Now I want to make it better. As for the blog, I have some insanely cool ideas lined up. I expect great things.
And last, what do you think about Creatyst as a collaborative platform for artists?
I think it’s an awesome platform that showcases just how diverse creativity is. It allows people with a shared passion to connect and share ideas.