What makes a book successful? In our eyes, it’s relatability. And that’s exactly what social-media sensation Dina Torkia - aka Dina Tokio - has managed to capture in Modestly – a never-seen-before look into her world as a Muslim Brit embracing dual identities.
“This is the story of my life. It’s about me surviving the turbulent teens and transitioning from self-doubt to self-belief,” Dina explains. What is of particular interest to us, though, is Dina’s revelations on how she perfected dressing demurely with style. The blogger and YouTuber, who has over 2.4 million followers (as Dina Tokio) worldwide, grew up in Cardiff, Wales, with an Egyptian father and a British mother, who gave her the choice of whether or not to wear a headscarf.
“In terms of style, I was up against a different set of challenges to that of my non-Muslim friends… Mainstream fashion was dedicated to crop-tops and low-rise jeans, but I had to wear items that were modest,” Dina begins.
“Meanwhile, when it came to hijabs, it was impossible to find one that matched the rest of my clothes. Somehow, though, I still loved fashion. In fact, the more difficult it was to find elegant, modest clothing, the more obsessed I became.”
Dina found her style groove – from learning different ways to tie her headscarf to accessorising and discovering lesser-known designers – and began blogging. The world soon started to take note.
From advice on fashion, beauty and style, to frank opinions on family, career and faith, Modestly is everything Dina – who currently lives in Cardiff with her husband, Sid, and daughter, Hana – has ever wanted to share, and she really tells it how it is when it comes to living and loving life as a modern Muslim. We’re big fans.