THE 42nd INSTALLATION OF THE BELLEBOSS SERIES
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I hoped that with this series, I would find a way to appreciate the incredible South Asian women of our generation, who are breaking boundaries and paving new paths for themselves. I know that at least one woman’s story in my #BelleBoss series will inspire you to follow your dreams, your vision and most importantly your heart. Even if that means breaking a few rules and many societal prejudices along the way.
This week’s interview is very special to me. Faiza, aka the Arab Carrie Bradshaw is known across the world for her hilarious skits, you-tube videos and also as a dating consultant to the Arab world. More importantly- she is known as a fearless women who is breaking societal norms, telling her story on how the world might see her as “Expired” but what she really is “Fabulous” . Giving a new meaning to 30 and thriving- Faiza’s story is one every woman needs to hear.
Could you give an introduction to who you are?
My name is Faiza Rammuny. I’m a Muslim Arab woman, or as I like to nickname “MusRab” woman, who is a Relationship Advisor who uses comedy, fashion, and my writing to help others going through a variety of relationship issues. I started my journey as a writer with a very popular blog titled 51 Fridays. I would use the blog to chronicle my dad’s weekly journey to get me married before twenty-five- the year Arabs have labelled as the deadline for a woman to be marriageable.
The blog took off like wildfire and before I knew it, I found people all around the world wanting to share their stories with me. I chose to listen. Listening turned to learn. Learning to share.
Sharing turned into a global business where I literally am paid to give people my two cents. It’s pretty unbelievable.
What inspired your first blog 51 Fridays and blogging your father’s attempt to find you a partner?
I needed a place where I could keep my sanity. A blog allowed me an avenue where I could write, without the fear of my dad finding my diary and reading it.
Your skits and videos have gone viral multiple times and caught the attention of many
including HuffPost and Huda Beauty. Is there any milestone moment in your career which stands out to you and why?
Those experiences were amazing and humbling.
To be praised by people or channels yourespect beyond belief. But, I had a client be able to escape a very bad situation in a country that isn’t exactly merciful to MusRab women who choose to take their lives into their own hands. Helping her be able to set up a life for herself and find true happiness while having her family come around, and take family trips together is to be a validation that I’m on the right track and that I have an innate ability to understand and help others. That to me was one of the greatest milestones thus far.
You have been a relationship consultant for a long time. How have your Vent Sessions evolved and is there any advice you would give your younger self first starting out?
Night and day! I use to be the “MusRab Hitch,” with a small private group of people in my community and other MusRab communities in America. It was a word of mouth “business” at that time and today because of social media, my business is global. I talk to clients from literally all around the world who I give advice to- one of the main ones that I wish I had told my younger self, which is that happiness starts with yourself.
Fuck all the noise and focus on you!
In your earlier videos, you talk about a point in time where you experienced depression as a result of your breakup. What helped you make the decision to address your mental health and as a person who many people rely on for emotional support, what do you do to take care of your mental health today?
I absolutely struggled and when I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and anxiety, I didn’t know how hard the journey to ‘Happy,’ would be.
What helped me most was getting help from a professional mental health care provider. I had always been made to believe that it was a weakness to need help or struggle with your mental health, but I have learned in breaking that stigma how imperative it is to remember that your mind must be in a good place so that the body can follow.
I keep that in mind every single day. I practice yoga, meditation, and the occasional visit to my therapist with ZERO shame.
How has your relationship with your mother evolved as you blossomed into “Expired and Fabulous”?
We both now have mutual respect and understanding for one another. My mom doesn’t treat me like a little girl anymore- I mean sometimes she does lol- but it’s a very different relationship now then it was at that time.
What would be your idea of a perfect first date and what do you think your love language is?
The first date for me would most likely be a coffee. Pretty boring I know, but I often stress the importance, even with my clients, of communication.
The art of sitting down and actually start getting to know who this person is minus any distractions. So it may not be “perfect” per se, but that’s what it would be for me. Which aligns with my primary love language which is quality time together.
Lastly, when can we expect your book?!
I wish I could say exactly when, but what I can say is coming soon
This is unfortunately the end of the interview. If you want to follow Faiza’s socials :
Website : http://expirednfabulous.com/
until next time,