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Learn about Adila and her Uyghur Heritage

This week’s featured model is Adila Tuerdahong. She is truly beautiful both inside and out with such a lovely, sweet personality. Adila comes from an area of China close to Turkey that has a very unique cultural heritage. She is currently in Vancouver studying fashion and marketing. 
Please read more to learn about her and the Uyghur traditions.


Sara: When did you become interested in fashion?
Adila: I think I've always had an interest in fashion. My first clear memory relating to fashion is from when I was a kid. My mum always bought clothes for me and dressed me up. From that point on, fashion and style was a part of my thinking.  

Sara: What have you learned from working with different types of personalities?
Adila: I learned a lot from working with different types of personalities. Simply put, I feel the most important points are to respect differences, communicate well and the power of teamwork.

Sara: You sound busy with work and school. How do you stay balanced and manage your stress?
Adila: I guess I’m a type of organized person. I like to structure my work in a meaningful way based on when projects are due. Recurring things like homework and studying are easier to schedule ahead of time. I follow my schedule and always keep updates on time. Also, I make time for myself as well.

Sara: Your hometown Xinjiang played an important part on the Silk Road. How does that influence the culture there?
Adila: Yes, that’s true. Xinjiang played an important part on the Silk Route in history. I am Uyghur from Xinjiang. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is a provincial-level autonomous region of China in the northwest of the country. The Uyghur language belongs to the eastern branch of the Turkic family and is most closely related to Uzbek language. Uyghur music and dance can be characterized by its cheerfulness and exuberance. It is usually fast-paced, expressing a passion for life. The traditional musical instruments there are the Dutar, Rawap and Khushtar. Uyghurs are now primarily Muslim, and we are the largest Muslim ethnic group in China.

Sara: What does Empowering Beauty Everywhere mean to you?
Adila: Empowering Beauty Everywhere could have many different meanings to different people; depending on their experiences, circumstances, hopes, and dreams. For me, it’s being natural beautiful and honouring a women’s power.

We hope you enjoyed this interview and have learned something new from reading it.
Have an incredible day!

xo, Sara
PS. You may also enjoy,  MEET MRS. BC GENICCA WHITNEY 
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