When you pass sophomore Abdul Alenezi in the hallway, there’s only one word that comes to mind: trendsetter. He lives his life by this single word, influencing his classmates and friends in many ways, especially fashion.
Since moving to America from Saudi Arabia in November of 2012, Alenezi has found it important to express himself through his clothes. Living in the Middle East, he found his personal sense of style limited due to the restrictive social norms of his homeland. He also previously lived in the United Arab Emirates and said Americans are much more open-minded when it comes to personal expression, and he feels free to wear what he pleases in Emmaus.
“I definitely think that fashion is a form of art and I love that people can express themselves through what they wear,” Alenezi said. “Every outfit is a different mood, and I dress to feel good.”
He feels it is important to wear what he likes regardless of what others think, and he loves having the liberty to do so.
His distinctive looks are inspired by many celebrities, one of whom is social media influencer Zachary Domingo, a YouTube makeup artist known for his unique style. Alenezi takes ideas from his Instagram and uses them in his own clothes. Alenezi also believes he influences others in the school, the way Domingo does for pop culture.
“I like leading people and being a trendsetter, not just in clothes but in every aspect of life,” Alenezi said. “I am a natural-born leader and I love that part of my personality.”
Another important part of his life is music. His three favorite artists are Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and SZA. He said he is motivated and inspired by all of these strong women, especially Nicki Minaj.
“Nicki’s energy and mindset make me feel so confident and strong about myself,” he said. “Also, SZA really healed me after a devastating relationship; her lyrics just made me realize a lot and her energy and vibe are so extravagant. Ariana basically makes me so happy, and her support for the LGBT community is amazing.”
He found that their songs have all given off healing, leadership, and happiness for him throughout his life and that they are like a “support system” for him.
Later this month, Alenezi will leave EHS and going back to Saudi Arabia, where he will be living for the time being. He hopes to continue to express himself the best he can while he’s there but said he will definitely be back soon to continue setting trends and inspiring others.
Photo by Riley Stuckey.