Zaina Abujebarah is a barista,
University of Utah journalism student and SLUG contributing writer. She has a keen sense for fashion, mixing multiple different styles into her own swirl of mixed couture.
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“As influences go, I feel like I’ve dabbled in everything aesthetic-wise,” says Abujebarah. “I was really goth for a few years and I was really rockabilly for a few years, and I tried to be a Zooey Deschanel kind of thing for a while. I feel like after sampling all of those different things, I’ve kind of mashed together all of them into one.” Photo: @clancycoop
“I like Stevie Nicks a lot. I like her flowy thing,” says Abujebarah. “Although I’m not as extreme, I do love Marilyn Manson and his style. He’s out there. I love Audrey Hepburn, so I feel like I channel her a lot. When I wear a casual dress or something, it’s mostly 1940s, 1950s cut.” Photo: @clancycoop
“Marilyn Monroe is an influence of mine, in the sense that I try to channel not her aesthetic necessarily, but the way she carried herself,” says Abujebarah. “I love that about Marilyn. Anybody could have worn a hot-pink dress, but she walked a certain way and carried herself a certain way that made it what it was.”
“I like getting dressed up. In the morning, it’s just my routine,” says Abujebarah. “I feel like if I don’t do my make-up and wear something awesome, then it’s like I’m not ready for my day yet … kind of like I never actually made the step to where I can do other things. I also like making an impression, I guess.” Photo: @clancycoop
“I feel like I try to illustrate myself as much as possible through my clothes,” says Abujebarah. “That’s why I have a Friday the 13th T-shirt. That’s my thing. Horror movies are my thing.” Photo: @clancycoop
Abujebarah’s family has ties to the Middle East, and she has incorporated some of that into her style. “Sometimes I wear head wraps and I think it’s really pretty. I like gaudy jewelry,” says Abujebarah. “I don’t necessarily want to be completely Middle Eastern–inspired, but I also don’t want to be completely Western-inspired, so I kind of like to mix both sometimes.” Photo: @clancycoop
“I work at The Coffee Shop a lot of the time. I go to school for journalism. I’m a communications major. I’m writing for SLUG, so all those things take up a lot of my time,” says Abujebarah. Photo: @clancycoop
Speaking of mixing musical interests that influence her fashion, Abujebarah says, “I like all ranges of music, I guess. I like metal, indie, goth, punk, everything alternative—but I also like hip-hop, pop and R&B … so I guess I just like mashing everything together into one.”