Suddenly May is upon us which means another installment of my inspiring blog series ‘GIRL BOSS OF THE MONTH’. I don’t know why I feel the need to write it in capital letters but I feel good about it! Ha! This month I have interviewed the wonderfully funny, inspiring and beautiful Dina Torkia.
Can you tell everyone a little about yourself & what you do?
I’m Dina Torkia but my ‘internet name’ is Dina Tokio which is basically just a play on my surname! I’m a 27 year old Muslim woman blogging all things fashion and faith! As well a bit of inevitable mum and lifestyle topics!
What made you start a blog/YouTube channel?
Well, I was about 20 years old and fed up with the path that uni was taking me, (basically a path of nothingness it felt like). I knew the only thing I really loved doing was making and styling clothes. Realising that there was also pretty much no one in media that I could relate to I decided it’s about time I just got online and showed off! Basically!
When did you start to see you were becoming a success?
When I look back over the last 6-7 years of my blogging life it’s actually been a very gradual and long winding path with a lot of hard work and grind. But at the time I felt like it was instant success, which I think is quite a blessing because it really motivated me seeing and feeling success instantly.
Do you have many challenges being your own boss? If so, how do you overcome them?
Hell yeah, the biggest one being managing my time and making sure that there’s ‘time off’. The thing about blogging is, it’s really flipping fun and doesn’t feel like a job most times. Which can mean it’s quite hard to ensure that ‘time off’ when in reality I think it’s very important to know how to switch off some times.
What would you say to aspiring girl bosses?
I say, you don’t need to ‘aspire’ to be a Girl Boss. If you’re already thinking it chances are you’re already bossing it lady!
What motivates/inspires you?
My little girl Hana. She’s only 18 months but everything I do and every opportunity that comes my way, I think of her first and just the thought of how fast she’s growing motivates me like nothing else.
Can you share one of your most exciting achievements?
Hmmm, probably being part of YouTubes Made For You campaign last year! Seeing my face plastered on buses around London was definitely a moment to remember!
Where do you see yourself in a few years from now?
On the flipping tele! Fingers crossed.