Spotlight On: Sagaleeya

Whether she is serving face in a nice selfie, slaying with a cultural vibe or just working it in a monochromatic outfit, Sagal is a style icon.

Sagal, or as the world knows her “Sagaleeya” is a Fashion Blogger and Stylist from Somalia. Now residing in the United Kingdom, Sagal has a flare for monochromatic outfits with a cultural spin. She describes her style as, “cultural chiq” and in her interview with Pray, Say & Slay she tells us a lot about who she is, where she comes from and who she wants to be.

Sagal told our Editor in Chief,

“My religious values have encouraged me to expose modesty in the fashion world. It has made me realise that you can be a fashion blogger but at the same time uphold your values too and dress more modestly. I have always been interested in fashion, ever since I was 2 years old, and I always made sure that fashion was a part of my life despite going on to university to study something completely different.”

Despite pursuing academics in other fields you cannot deny that Sagal knows fashion. Her style icon is Audrey Hepburn however, she grabs inspiration from “the smallest unusual things” She also says,

“Most of the time it's watching old movies or looking at old photographs. But if I was to narrow it down - I draw most of my inspiration from; Moza Bint Nasser, Solange and Oliva Palermo.”

Items Sagal cannot leave the house without are, lipstick, her phone and shades. Her go-to pieces in her wardrobe are her long brown coat, black jeans and black heels.”

Sagal attributes a lot of her knowledge and love for fashion from the women who inspired her most growing up. She gushes about her grandmother by saying,

“I come from a long line of strong independent women. My grandmother, my mother, my sisters - they have all taught me to never give up a passion. If it makes you happy, continue to seek it, and that for me was fashion. My grandmother was my Guru with literally everything, and because of her love for her culture it made me want to constantly grab inspiration from that for my outfits. I would literally go see her grab inspiration from old pictures with her headwrap on and a cool outfit (and of course see how she was doing too.)”

In an Instagram post Sagal tells us more about her late grandmother,

“Born in 1934 in Burco (Burao), she was part of the early Somali women activists that campaigned for Somalia’s independence through poetry. Turning to business in the post-independence period; she discontinued her business activities after the country was plunged into civil war. It was from there on that she never ceased praying for Somalis and Somalia and the return to stability for the sake of the future Somali generations to come. It’s so beautiful that she got to live such a beautiful life.”

And we hope that Sagal can be inspiration for generations of women to come like her grandmother!

You can find more of Sagal on her website, www.sagaleeyaa.com