This week, we're spotlighting comedian, beauty, and lifestyle influencer- Fatima! As a true live your best life and look good whilst doing it advocate, Fatima creates the most relatable and witty content. From how to answer those aunties that won't stop asking unnecessary questions, to the fears we all shared about going out during the pandemic.
Fatima has also been sharing her dwarfism story which has amassed over 12.5k likes, and spoken out about the importance of representation. If that wasn't enough, she recently wowed on the cover of Glamour magazine, showing us the importance of being your true self.
Amongst all this, she even has the time to share her best dance skills!
To her community of 2.2 million followers (and growing), it seems like the only way for her is up, and we're so excited to join her for the ride! We sat down to chat with her about what inspired her journey on TikTok and why representation matters.
What first inspired you to create on TikTok?
I was inspired to create content on TikTok during the first lockdown. I had so much free time on my hands and wanted a challenge. After hearing about TikTok challenges on the radio, I downloaded it and gave it a go. Pushing myself and believing in myself inspired me to keep going and the rest is history!
What role do you think TikTok can play in challenging representation?
TikTok has played a massive role in challenging representation, especially because the FYP is random, you can see so many different types of people every time you scroll. Coming into contact with so many cultures, ethnicities, disabilities, and perspectives has really helped broaden my awareness of diversity worldwide. I find on other social media platforms, people get presented with ‘aesthetically pleasing’ content rather than showing the representation of people using the platform.
Why is TikTok right for your content?
TikTok allows me to express myself in many ways. I love making people laugh, dancing, experimenting with makeup, and sharing my opinion about specific topics. I have multiple talents, and TikTok allows me to express all of them.
Also, because TikTok is so diverse, I really feel like I fit right in.
What do you love most about the TikTok community?
I love how welcoming and open-minded the TikTok community is. It is an encouraging space, filled with positive people who want to laugh and learn.
What is your favourite recent challenge or trend on TikTok?
My favourite recent trend is the Dreya Mac ‘Own Band Freestyle’ trend. The dance to the song was very catchy and got everyone doing it, including me.
What is your goal on TikTok?
My goal on TikTok is to continue inspiring people, to make them laugh, and create content everyone can enjoy. In the long term, I want to grow my platform to places I would never even imagine.
What else or who else is on your TikTok For You feed?!
What is your favourite TikTok you have made to date and why?
My favourite TikTok is my embarrassing moments video with “it's a learning curve” by Aitch as the soundtrack. It’s very honest but also hilarious, capturing some of my (many) embarrassing moments. The climax is my wig falling off - which really seems to catch a lot of people by surprise.