‘SALASAI SEVEN’ for New Zealand Fashion Week concept takes a singular perspective and allows multiple creative hands to interpret capsule stories from within the entirety of Salasai’s Autumn Winter 2020 collection. As one of the collaborators within the series, we were asked to share how we interpret the brand in our way, so, of course we wanted to encapsulate the ethos of the brand by celebrating and interviewing the people that wear it. They are industry disruptors that are redefining the space around them and friends of Sauce. MEET MAKEUP ARTIST AND STUDENT OF ISLAMIC PSYCHOLOGY RAEESAH SACHA
IN COLLABORATION WITH MEDIA PARTNER BLACK MAGAZINE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY OPHELIA KING
Makeup artist and student Raeesah is challenging modest style conventions and explains the biggest misconception about Islam
What do you do?
I am a professional Makeup artist of 9 years and a part-time student of Islamic Psychology.
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in West Auckland, New Zealand…and still live out this way. I love it!
When was the last time you met someone who changed you? Who and how?
I recently got to see my 6 year old nephew that I don’t see too often. In conversation, he tells me that I really should believe in myself, such wise and true words from a 6 year old.
You recently studied Islamic Psychology in Turkey, are you able to share what sparked your interest in this topic
Yes, I recently travelled to Istanbul to study about Islamic Psychology. My interest in this field was sparked by being a recent graduate of psychology, my faith and also how I can contribute to this world in a way that is helpful to those around me.
Are you able to share the biggest misconception about Islam?
OH, there are so many! But there is a very common misconception that Islam does not give women any rights, this unfortunately has stemmed from cultural views and practices, as with Islam itself silencing a woman from advice and knowledge is impermissible.
The one thing you would never apologize for
For being me, for growing and changing and evolving as life takes its course.
And to end on a lighter note, your favourite skincare products and makeup products
Some favourite beauty products of the moment right now would be
The ordinary caffeine based eye serum – so good for hydration!
Tatcha the rice polish cleanser- tiny little rice granules that buffs away surface texture
GO TO Lip balm available at Mecca Cosmetica- it really helps to relieve dry, chapped lips
And lastly, I am that person that is always looking for a lipstick that looks like my natural lip color with a sheen, think of a no fuss lip color. I picked up Reality Check lipstick from the Mecca Max range, and it’s the best natural tone lipstick I have come across in a while! $25 too, a steal!
EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHED BY OPHELIA KING | MAKEUP AMY SARITAHART | STYLING ZEENAT WILKINSON
SPECIAL THANKS TO OPHELIA KING AND SALASAI
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