I Make Money On Instagram In Dubai

– What people don't know,
what followers don't know, is as bloggers you borrow pieces. So they would see Lamborghini
lending me a car for a week and be like, "oh my god, he's like 23, and he's driving a Lamborghini,
this kid's balling." That's not the case. (glamorous electronic music) My name is Mahmoud Sidani,
my friends call me Moudz, I am the top men's
fashion lifestyle blogger for the Middle East. If ever I meet someone that
doesn't know what a blogger is, I describe it as someone who has following that allows them to influence people. Brands work with me in order
to help shape their opinions and shed a light on their
products and their services. I'm from Beirut, Lebanon, but
I grew up in Saudi Arabia. My mom works with NGOs
around the Middle East and my dad was heading
Research and Development for an oil company in
Saudi Arabia for 30 years. I moved to Dubai six years ago to be a buyer for Level Shoes, which is the biggest shoe store in the world.

It introduced me to a
lot of influential people who have really shaped
the fashion industry. I was with them for three years, until I decided to open a store. After I resigned, I realized
that I wasn't ready. So I was stuck, I was
like, what am I gonna do? At that point I was
approached by a brand who doesn't really fit with
the Mr. Moudz brand. In order to get them off my back, I threw a ridiculous number at them. They were like, "okay, we'll
do it," and I was shocked.

It's then that I realized
that there was something here that hasn't been tapped into
in terms of a men's blogger. To this day, there aren't many of us, in comparison to how many
there are in the female market. I do Barry's Bootcamp five times a week. I then come back home,
shower, have breakfast. And then, day starts, from
fittings to photo shoots, to meetings with brands, and then everyday I
try and make it a point to see my nieces and nephew.

My family is my number one supporter. My mom loved it from the get-go. She introduces herself as
Mama Moudz, it's really cute. And I'm like, mom, that's
not like saying you're, like, Beyonce's mother. I'm fortunate to have relationships with all major luxury brands. I'm very guilty when it comes
to shoes, I have way too many. Right now, it's the Don
C's that I'm wearing.

They're so simple but
they really stand out. We are about to go to a Nike event, followed by a Dior event,
and then now we're gonna try and make it to the Christian
Loubotin event as well. We have a busy day, so let's go. (crunchy Middle Eastern
influenced electronic music) I'm lucky enough to be at these events. I see things ahead of their release day, or I get to do experience,
like I think today we're customizing Nike shoes,
which should be really cool.

(camera clicks) Don C just signed my Don C by Nike shoes. This is a really big deal,
that's like getting Kanye to sign Yeezy's for you. My proudest moment was last year. I was able to take my
whole family on vacation to the Maldives. And this was on a blogger's expense, where the hotel was given to us for free, flights were given to us for free, just because I would be tagging them. My dad got so upset with me on that trip because I wasn't enjoying the moment, I was too busy trying to get the shot, and he was like, "enjoy it.

"Take this in here in the Maldives." And, that was an eye-opener. So now, if I'm traveling,
and it is a sponsored hotel, I'll get the shots done in
the first half of the day and then I'll get to
enjoy the rest of my trip. And then, I bid you farewell. (cameraman laughs)
And cry a little. – You're somewhat
categorized and put in a box. Not to say that they're limiting you, but they just have an image of what a male persona should be. When I first started, a lot of
people were asking questions, like, "this is not like
a lot of other guys," "this is not what we're used to seeing." You get to really open up people's eyes and change their opinions
to what should be accepted in terms of fashion. I've always wanted to
be my own individual, I wanted to take things that a lot of guys wouldn't really wear and
say, look, it could work. I'm not waiting for someone else to tell me that it looks good
to think that it looks good.

I was bullied as a kid. I wasn't like the other
boys, I wasn't into sports. I would rather talk about clothes. It's nothing to do with the
Middle East, it's worldwide. People are so eager to categorize you. And when you don't fit into that box, that's just extra paperwork for
them, so it pisses them off. That's why right now I'm so all about live the life you wanna
live, and be happy, because at the end of
the day that relationship you have with yourself are the
most important relationship you'll ever work on. I was broken until three years ago. It was only recently that
I learned to heal myself. I was looking for the
fame because I thought this would fill that void in me. When the fame came, I somewhat
got uncomfortable with it at one point because I feel like it's a real invasion of privacy. But what I learned was,
all along, I had the power to fill that void myself. It was part of my journey
to become a blogger.

I don't claim to know it
all, but I've learned a lot, and a lot of what I've
learned can help others. Today I did everything
that was on my to-do list, tomorrow gotta come back to
Sole DXB in the afternoon and shoot some looks. It's just ongoing, it never stops. People think that blogging is just like, you're just having fun. If you do it properly it's
actually a lot of work. Some days you do get tired,
some days you're like, do I wanna keep doing this, do
I wanna keep putting my life in the public light and
opening myself up for judgment? But you just need to think
about why you started. I started doing this because
I wanted to make a change.

I wanted people to see
me doing what I'm doing, see me doing my own thing and say, "you know what, if he did it, then I can." – I've definitely contributed something to changing opinions for sure. I think everyone has. You have no idea how many
times I've been stopped at the airport for
random security checking because my name is Mahmoud. Or I'll have a conversation with someone, all begin to say, like,
"oh my god, you're Arab? "Your English is perfect." (sighs) It just shocks me that some people are not as educated with other parts in the world. It's a two-sided thing,
it's not a one-sided thing. But I do hope that I'm
changing that, people's views, because I wanna leave this Earth having said that I was here. I wanna leave it better
than how I found it. (energetic electronic music).

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