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What I'm Wearing: A Proud Afghan-American Who Mixes Vintage With High Fashion - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jan 02,2019
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All photos courtesy of Safia

Source Washingtonian

BY ELLIOT WILLIAMS

WASHINGTON, DC. - Everything about Safia screams confidence. Just take her Instagram handle, for instance, @bestdressedafghan. Born in Pakistan, Safia has lived in the Washington area since she moved to the United States in 2002, and she currently lives in Reston. “I am all American at heart with an Afghan soul,” she says.

At 25 years old, Safia works as an assistant designer for her older sister’s DC-based company, Kochaii, where she helps stylize and photograph handcrafted iPhone cases. More than gaining followers, Safia is motivated by a responsibility to authentically represent her city and culture. Her Instagram account is dedicated to the history of Afghan fashion, and she often posts photos of celebrities who wear traditional Afghan vests and dresses.

“My people need the representation because the world has seen nothing but negative narratives about Afghanistan,” she says. “I am as proud of being an American as I am an Afghan.”

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