Yasmine Ibrehg - “I’m proud of my curves but I struggle with my self-confidence sometimes”
Meet Yasmine Ibrehg, a young woman from Antwerp with Moroccan roots that blogs about beauty, fashion and body positivity. She calls herself curvy and loves her figure in any way! We asked Yasmine Ibrehg some questions about social media, fashion and her self image.
Interview by Renée Moreels
Hi Yasmine Ibrehg, for the people that don't know you, how do you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, controlling and curvy of course!
You are a role model for plenty of young women. Do you have someone who is your biggest inspiration and why does this person inspire you so much?
Sounds very cliché but it is my mom. She always told me to stay true to myself and be proud of who I am and who I'm becoming because she herself is extremely proud of me.
What's your favourite daily go-to outfit?
Most definitely a good pair of jeans. From mom jeans to girlfriend jeans to skinny jeans. Any type of jeans that finally fit me! I like to wear my Fox Factor jeans because they fit A-MA-ZING and don't create a gap around my waist. With a fun top or shirt, blouse in satin or with a little bit of lace there is a feminine touch in my outfit.
One of my favourite tops is a satin black one from H&M. Since we are living in Belgium, I can't go out without a jacket or something on top. I love to finish my outfit with a blazer (most of the time they are thrifted because I love myself a good oversized vintage blazer). For the shoes, I would go for a good pair of chunky sneakers. Like my Balenciaga ones or my Dr Martens boots, again to make the outfit edgier.
What's your most favourite Belgian sustainable fashion brand and why?
To be honest I don't know any Belgian sustainable fashion brands that fit my size. But the brands I do like that are Belgian are Fox Factor jeans and Xandres Gold. Next to those Belgian brands, I do like the sustainable line of Weekday.
Do you think there is a need for more body positivity on social media, fashion shows and within some brands?
I do think we are going the right way with this. I see a lot more brands encouraging plus size and curvy fashion. They probably just realised there is a market for it and we plus size, curvy girls want to look good too! Of course, there is always room for improvement. But I do think we are more represented than a few years ago.
Do you have the feeling more brands want to collaborate with you?
DEFINITELY! Brands never wanted to work with a plus size/curvy blogger or influencer before. But now that the whole industry is changing, it made them more willing to pick out a curvy/plus size influencer.
What advice can you give to people who struggle with their self-confidence. To people who feel like they weigh too much because of society, catwalks, Instagram and so on?
It is always hard because I'll be honest. I still struggle with my self-confidence sometimes. But you know what, that is perfectly fine! Just know you have to pick yourself up after a good cry session haha. Because you are as gorgeous as everyone else but in your own way!
What do you love the most about your body?
Guess the way my body is shaped, I'm pear-shaped and I just love that I have wider hips and a smaller waist with long legs!