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We are featuring the most inspiring influencers, entrepreneurs, & business people in the  Halal industry & Modest Fashion who rock the Muslim Business World.

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IN THE MUSLIM BUSINESS WORLD

We are featuring the most inspiring influencers, entrepreneurs, & business people in the  Halal industry & Modest Fashion who rock the Muslim Business World.

At AWF we recognize their remarkable achievements in their fields, ranging from entrepreneurship to fashion, beauty, technology, & the arts.

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FEATURED ISLAMIC ARTIST

SARWAT KHAN, GLAM'S ISLAMIC ART
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By Brenda Martinez

Crystals, pearls, glass and gemstones

These materials unleash creativity from within Sarwat Khan to create her intricate masterpieces which are deeply intertwined with her religious beliefs.

 

"My art depicts my faith, and my faith depicts my art," states the artist herself.

 

Based in Chicago, the Pakistani artist founded and raised Glam Islamic Art, an art sanctuary where her imagination flows freely to breathe in life to her stunning art which captivates the eyes of many. Her work tells a unique story of her client’s home; from the style and the decor to the splashes of colour on the canvas.

 

She paints to enlighten a space, to fulfill the demands of art-thirst souls and to commit the needs of life.

 

A remarkable element in one of her pieces was a ‘dua’ (invocation) painted with glitter and written using thuluth calligraphy. Thuluth is a script variety of Islamic calligraphy invented by Ibn Muqlah Shirazi. The ‘dua’ promises protection from evil, brings the light of Allah SWT and draws us closer to Him. The words of Allah SWT shine brightly with the help of the glitter Sarwat Khan uses yet it touches your heart in so many ways - thanks to the thuluth calligraphy.

 

Make sure you follow her perfect Islamic artwork on her website: https://glamislamicarts.com/

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JENY TJAHYAWATI S.SN.

MOST POWERFUL BUSINESSWOMEN IN INDONESIA
By Brenda Martinez

Indonesia’s Fashion Rising Star: Jeny Tjahyawati

The world of Modest Fashion has been taken aback by the stylish and unique designs of Jeny Tjahyawati, the most sparkling jewel of the Indonesian fashion crown.

 

Best graduate in Fashion Design from ASRIDE ISWI in Jakarta and writer of the book Gaya Praktis Berkerudung (Simple Style for Hijab), Jeny has built a trailblazing career as a modern and progressive designer, combining high fashion with classical looks for today’s woman.

 

She has currently produced two renowned fashion lines: Jeny by Jeny Tjahyawati and Ethnicant for ‘Ready to Wear’ label, described in her own words as where “Couture meets Ethnicity”. With 23 years of experience behind her back and 17 award nominations, Jeny is leading the way, making heads turn and positioning Indonesia as one of the most important centers of Muslim fashion of our times.

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NORSHAM MOHAMAD-GARCIA

MUSLIM WOMAN SHATTERING STEREOTYPES IN MIAMI
By Brenda Martinez

The Architect Founder of Miami Modest Fashion Week: Norsham Mohamad-García
Meet one of the most successful Malaysian business women nowadays. Norsham Mohamad-Garcia has blossomed from her humble background in a small village of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, to the bustling streets of Miami as a successful entrepreneur, company founder and inspiring business female icon.
Self-taught in Art & Design, Mrs. Mohamad-Garcia followed her passion and established her first company: The Connector Group International LLC in 2009. A boutique full-service STRATEGIC BUSINESS CONSULTANT AND DEVELOPMENT agency that works collaboratively with private, public companies, and government agencies globally. An agency that specializes in the creating and commercialization market breakthrough of intellectual properties and activates special events in fashion, art, culture, and entertainment.
She’s considered the brainchild of Miami Modest Fashion Week, the first Fashion Week in USA of its kind, in 2019. Where elegance meets the diversity of the Modest culture, aimed to educate a broader audience on the inclusivity and unity of Modest Fashion around the world.
We abide by her company’s motto: “Beyond connecting. Beyond borders.”

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ASFARENA SAMION

MALAYSIAN INSPIRING TECH-ENTREPRENEUR WOMAN

By Brenda Martinez

They call her the ‘The Fashionpreneur from Malaysia’, a well-deserved nickname for a lady who turned a past time hobby into a successful empire in the Malaysian fashion industry.
Asfarena is not only a Fashionpreneur but a Skills and Technical Fashion Design Expert who loves to share her knowledge with whoever wants to learn at her academy AsTech, founded in 2007.
AsTech offers step by step classes from basic knowledge of sewing, pattern making to advanced couture level, named Professional Diploma in Couture Sewing Technology and certified from local University and Textile Institute UK. It has been recognized and certified by the governing body of The Malaysian fashion industry. Around 2000 students per year come out from its doors to become fashionpreneurs themselves.
But Asfarena is never still and has kept learning along the way. She obtained a diploma in Fashion in Bangkok, Thailand; Advanced Tailoring and Draping, Couture in Indonesia, and recently, a degree in Apparel Product Development Textile from the Textile Institute, in UK. She aims to help her students find themselves in the market, to take it field seriously and not just for fun. To graduate with the heart and skills of a fashion designer and the mind of an entrepreneur.
She is not only an instructor, she inspires and empowers women to be independent and successful, taking their hand and leading the way, stitch by stitch.

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EMI IDURA CHE HASHIM

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

By Brenda Martinez

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different. Emi Idura Che Hashim is a firm believer of this statement, and so she has led a professional life and career that live up to it. 

 

Founding Director and Principal Consultant of her own company Top2ToeStyliesta Image Consulting, Emi is an internationally accredited and certified Professional Image and Color Consultant by the world-renowned London Image Institute in the UK. The first Malaysian Muslimah Image Consultant, accredited by the institute, to date.

 

She’s a multifaceted entrepreneur, who has dabbled not only in LIVE tv broadcasting, hosting her own segment WOW! Apa Kata Wanita, aired every Saturday in 2017, where she shared her expertise on personal image branding, women’s fashion and style. But also successfully published 184 pages of Kuasa Warna, the first-ever technical do-it-yourself Personal Color Analysis book in Malaysia. 

 

Awarded as Successful People in Malaysia in 2020 by British Publishing House Ltd and Malaysia’s Woman Leader at the Globe Tigers Awards in 2019, Emi Idura aspires to educate individuals and organizations today, by creating awareness on the importance of mastering their personal and image branding. 

 

We certainly look forward to seeing what the future holds for this brilliant businesswoman.

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FRANKA SOERIA

GLOBAL MODEST FASHION EXPERT

By Brenda Martinez

Born in Indonesia, Franka Soeria started her creative path at a very young age when she composed her first song at only 5 and sold it to Miami Ice Cream, as the brand’s jingle. Or when she wrote and sold her first TV screenplay in 4th grade. She has continued her successful journey in the writing world ever since. 

 

A woman of many talents, Franka was a journalist for many years but life has had much more in store for her. Passionate about fashion, Mrs. Soeria has produced fashion and beauty spreads, as well as advertorials to image making since 2000. She has become a worldwide recognized Modest Fashion Expert. A mentor and advisor of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, Franka and #Markamarie created Modest Fashion Founders Fund, to help modest fashion brands compete on the global stage.

 

Franka and business partner Ozlem Sahin co-created Think Fashion, an event production and marketing company that helped orchestrate the very first Modest Fashion Week – Istanbul, in 2016. They have repeated the success every year since then in London, Dubai, Jakarta, and Amsterdam. 

 

She calls herself a ‘Global Fashion Networker’ as she’s involved in many modest fashion projects around the world. One of the most important ones is the Benang Project, endorsed by UNHCR, and dedicated to empowering the less privileged people, the disabled, and the refugees. 

 

Just recently in 2020, Mrs. Soeria published her latest book Random Thoughts of Franka, A Guide To Find Yourself. 

 

A platform maker. A supporter. A fashion visionary and entrepreneur. Franka Soeria is a name we will be hearing for years to come and we will be looking forward to it!

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