Muslim Girl originator Amani Al-Khatahtbeh was only 9-years of age when the deplorability of 9/11 happened. In the same way as other Americans, the experience has molded her life. In secondary school, she saw Islamaphobia and an absence of Muslim ladies' voices in media thus — like any great millennial — she swung to the web for comfort.
"We became entrepreneurs because we had to," said Al-Khatahtbeh.
Since the dispatch of Muslim Girl in 2009, her blog has turned into a noticeable media organization and group for Muslim ladies to talk about subjects going from Muslim character and governmental issues to mold tips and popular culture editorial.
"This is a platform that we need — because we need a space to have these conversations relevant to the evolution of our identities today to the current sociopolitical climate. So creating Muslim Girl into a business is really just a way to make it sustainable and long lasting," said Al-Khatahtbeh.
Beyond her work as an entrepreneur, Al-Khatahtbeh also working with media partners like Teen Vogue, MTV and The Washington Post. She also became a published author when her memoir, Muslim Girl: A Coming Of Age, was released in October.
"It's been a struggle but it's been really great because it's presented us with a lot of opportunities to get our voices out there even more," said Al-Khatahtbeh.
Her advice for all aspiring entrepreneurs is to find the right people to collaborate with to make your voice heard: "It's key to take on opportunities to allow you to speak up."