Get To Know: Jaylan

My name is Jaylan, I’m 27 years old, married, with two kids and currently working from home. Actually let’s not call it “work.” I am doing what I love while in the comfort of my home, on my own time. I’m a Kurdish fashion designer and seamstress, living in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Get To Know: Brisk Yunus

My name is Brisk and I'm 19 years old from London, Ontario. I was born here in Canada and proud. My parents moved straight here from Kurdistan and being raised here I've learned a lot and been given opportunities to do things here such as express art. I've always considered myself an artist simply because almost everything I do is through creativity.

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Get To Know: Perzha

My name is Perzha and I’m a nineteen-year-old fashion student. I was born in Slemani but my parents decided to move to the UK shortly after my birth. I’ve been living there ever since. For many decades now, clothing has become much more than just a way to keep warm and covered. In fact, it has become an expressive mechanism for me, the shape and flow of my outfit speaks to people around me.

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Get To Know: Jîl Swanî

When Alîn reached out to me to write this there was a moment of nervousness as I’m not used to writing about myself; whatever that I need voiced out I usually do through a story or an article, so this is the first time I write anything like this. Having said that, this is as good of a time as any to start. 

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Get To Know: Paisa Kazaz

Hello friends!

I’m Paisa, a 20-year-old Kurd living in England figuring out what it actually means for it to be a Kurd in the West. In my early years of life up to year 11 in secondary school, no one around me really knew what a Kurd was and where they were from. But then I started to tell people I was from a place in Northern Iraq called Slemani, since it seemed that Kurdistan was a mysterious non-existent place no one knew of.

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Get To Know: Péleen Mohammad

 Hello everyone reading this
My name is Péleen, I’m 23 from Duhok-Kurdistan. Here I’ll be talking about my passion and share some of my goals in life in general. I’ll start when I was younger I always wanted to work somewhere to help others to serve my community. As I grew my plans, my interest changed but my goal stayed the same, helping people.

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Get To Know: Bayse Genc

Hello everyone! I’m Bayse, a 19-year-old English Literature undergraduate in England. As my degree suggests, I love all kinds of literature – plays, novels, poetry. Being creative adds life to everything I do, whether it’s through writing essays, reading books, organizing outfits, photography or makeup. Although, my favourite thing to do is probably traveling. I love visiting different cities, exploring the culture and having a good time with friends. It’s also a great opportunity to take pictures for my Instagram!

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Get To Know: Lozan Amedi

Being a Kurdish woman is hard. Being a Kurdish woman living in the United States? Almost impossible.

I’ve lived in the United States practically my entire life, like every other Kurdish family, my family and I were refugees brought over by the American government. I’m sad to admit this, but for the first half of my life, I didn’t even know I was Kurdish. My parents never taught me about my heritage, as a child they would tell me to just tell others I was from Iraq, but they would make it clear to me that I wasn’t Arab so I grew up not knowing who I was. It wasn’t until I got a little older and went back to Kurdistan in 2009 that I came in touch with my roots and discovered who my people were, who I was.

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Get To Know: Pare Tovi

Fashion may not be what truly defines us, but it’s certainly what allows us to stand out as individuals on a daily basis. Hi loves! My name is Pare Tovi and I am 22 years old from Plano, Texas. I am a Kurdish-American and I am proud.

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Get To Know: Fatima Telli

Hello friends! My name is Fatima Telli. 

I am a Kurdish- Canadian author, mother, wife, and pre-trial clerk.

I wanted to write a thrilling and exciting piece for Alin’s blog (I even thought about writing an Inventory of Being) but truth is I haven't climbed any mountains or fought any battles. But what I have done, is lived a life worth sharing, a story worth telling.

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Get To Know: Sayran Barzani

My Diaspora Reality

I was born and raised in the United States. For almost the first twenty years of my life I grew up in a culture, my American culture, that barely knew who the Kurds were and where the Kurds were from. I will never forget when I was in the fifth grade, someone asked me where I was from and I said Kurdistan. The person who asked me naturally replied with, “Where is that” and as I began to describe geographically where that was what came out was, “it’s in northern Iraq”. “Oh so you are Iraqi, is Saddam Hussein your uncle” followed by laughter from a kid who didn’t know any better.

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Get To Know: Soza Mohamed

My name is Sozyar, known as Soza on social media and I prefer to be called Soza :) 

Ok here is the part where I should be telling you what I do on social media (Instagram), first things first I am not a model and never even thought to be one, just the fact that I share my outfit pictures made everyone call me a Model, I seriously am not one I just share what I wear and sometimes do shout out to pages and clothing company or maybe anything that takes my attention.

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