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A model walks the runway during the Young Socialites collection for spring and summer 2020 during the third annual Toronto Kids Fashion Week fashion show in Toronto, Canada, November 30, 2019.Photos: AFP
Nai Jarar, a six-year-old Palestinian girl from the West Bank city of Jenin, showed up in a bunch of children’s outfits in front of cameras. With long blonde hair and green eyes, the 3.6ft girl exuded confidence and wasn’t afraid of the cameras.
“I’m happy to be the youngest model in the West Bank,” Nai said, as she finished showing off her outfits.
Nai was quite confident when she was very young. According to her mother Mai Jarar, Nai was never shy or reticent in front of the cameras.
Two years ago, when Nai started wearing children’s clothes in her aunt’s new clothing store, she was photographed as a model for children’s clothes and the photos were posted on social media. Many Palestinian fans on social media sites applauded her confidence and spontaneity, praising her pretty facial features and sense of color coordination.
After Nai became more well-known, dozens of local clothing stores hired her to work as a part-time model to promote their products on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. The need for models for their clothes has increased over the past two years as more merchants in the city of Ramallah have taken to social media to advertise their clothes, responding to changing consumer habits that now spend more time on cell phones. For each photo shoot, Nai receives $50.
When it comes to taking photos, Mai assists Nai in selecting outfits and Nai selects the colors that suit her best. Nai also nurtures and acquires her fashion sense through social media platforms such as YouTube.
“I’m able to mix and match, and I want to be a world-famous fashion designer in the future,” Nai said.
Despite positive outlook, Nai’s mother, 33, is under fire, with some accusing her and her husband of violating Nai’s childhood rights by encouraging him to work at such a young age. age.
Mai responded by saying she encouraged Nai to “make education a priority for her in the future” while supporting her goal of becoming a fashion designer.
Also, the world has changed and the technological advancements of the modern era, such as social media, would eventually replace old media and help more people accept her daughter’s talent, according to Mai.
“Despite being a freshman, I love studying as much as I love clothes and fashion,” Nai told Xinhua.