What it means to be a black Saudi




Black Saudi model Faisal Falattah was raised by a single mother from the age of 2. (SUPPLIED: Instagram photo by @2o_skilled)

Faisal Falattah posing at Jeddah’s new Waterfront. (SUPPLIED: Instagram photo by @2o_skilled)



JEDDAH: The style, the looks and the pose would grace a fashion magazine anywhere in the world. Faisal Falattah, 32, is proud to be a black Saudi model, fashion designer and stylist paving the way for others to come.
Raised by a single mother from the age of two, Falattah is conscious of the fact that he was all she had, which increased his aspirations and his desire to make her proud.
Falattah admits modeling doesn’t pay well; in fact, at first he had to pay photographers to shoot him, but gradually people began to find out about him, and asked him to do photo shoots and collaborations.
Falattah is known for his stylish outfits and color coordination. In 2008, he was watching a fashion show on TV, and instinctively knew how some of the outfits could be altered and worn better. “That’s when I realized I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to help people of all skin tones and shapes figure out what to wear. I wanted that to be my career and my life,” he told Arab News.
“I enjoy taking care of all aspects of a photo shoot, making sure the photographer is comfortable and knows how to showcase the image I’m portraying, one who can make the colors and fabric pop, and can shoot my skin tone. I always make sure I’m involved in all these details.
“There’s a misconception about photography; it’s not a one-man show. Photographers must be good at guiding models, but a model’s body language and expertise are also as important.”
Falattah has worked with distinguished photographers, including Cameron Mackey in Los Angeles. They shared a chemistry, and she told Falattah he was born to model. He also worked with rising Saudi photographer Talal Afandi, who shares a close bond with him and encouraged him to pursue modeling as a career.
When not modeling, Falattah works as a housing supervisor at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, while studying for a degree in Business Administration at King Abdulaziz University.
Falattah dealt with discrimination while growing up in Jeddah. “I did face some comments when I was at school, but I learned to filter them out, as well as jabs at my masculinity. I grew more confident and changed the way I carried myself as I met more people and got out of my shell.

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