Entrepreneur and beauty influencer Huda Kattan shares her earliest beauty memory and growing up in the South.
Publish Date: Aug 09, 2021
we're going to get you to travel back in time, cue the dream sequence music. Tell us about your earliest beauty memories as a child. My earliest beauty memories, okay, so we didn't grow up with a lot of money, so I didn't necessarily have a lot of makeup growing up, so I actually remember it. My my earliest memories were all g I. S like legit, like that's all we were doing. My first thing that I ever learned was like lemons, like using like lemon juice to like get rid of dead skin and things like that. So that was like always my thing, it was like, my sister taught me, you put like a little bit of brown sugar or like a half of a lemon and you like scrub your body with it. And uh it was like really, it was just like the best thing. I honestly was like, oh my God, like I am like a beauty guru because I know how to do this now. I felt like I was like Secret. That's hilarious because I know your videos, like you do so many hacks. So you've been hacking since like age eight. I love it. Yeah, Really clearly. And so where did you grow up? Where was your family living? So we grew up actually in the south in Tennessee. So I am like Southern. It's funny. My parents are were immigrants where my family immigrated to from Iraq to America but my sister and I moan and I were born in Oklahoma that we moved to Tennessee but I feel more Southern than anything else. Yeah, I love growing up in the south. It's very sweet there. You know it's very, I feel like things are a little bit slower but they were very sweet. Also very simple. Do you have a favorite country music artist? I mean I feel like everybody loves Tonight Train but we have some very sad songs. It's true. It's true. Little emo. It can be really bad. I know that you know you can really vocal and talked openly about like not fitting in or feeling like you didn't fit in as a kid in your hometown. Like can you tell us about that? Because I feel like so many people can relate to that? Yeah. And I think it's like sometimes it's a matter of like, you know the way you look, sometimes it's a matter of just like, you know, feeling different. Um and for me it was kind of both of those things. So you know, we grew up in a pretty much very small town. So I live in a city actually when I was in university but grew up in the town my entire life. Pretty much so it was like it was always like very, very small, very intimate, but it was also, you know, very white and I always felt like an outsider, um One because my parents, we didn't always have a lot of money and my dad always try to put it in the better parts of the city. And so it was like, you know, when we were living like in less affluent places or like places that were more challenging, it was like, I felt more like I fit in and then when we moved into like places so we could go to better schools. It's hard sometimes. I definitely feel like some kids can be really mean. It was definitely probably in that like, I feel like my childhood is actually, I don't have very good memories and I don't like going back in time. It's funny cause people like, let's take a trip down memory lane, I'm like, I don't want to, you know, I feel like all of those things that I've worked through or actually, you know, shedding all those those like those beliefs that I had about myself. Like I had so many just really like sad like and doubtful thoughts about myself. Like pretty much. So that was about 26, you know, so I actually don't like going down memory lane very much. I don't like it. I'm not doing well do it, but I don't want to. Like I said a lot of people I think can relate on this topic. And we did have a question from one of our listeners in our private facebook chat room. Her name is Jasmine, shadow jasmine and she said, hey Jasmine. So she has a question for you. She said as a fellow bicultural Iraqi, I really wonder what it was like for her to grow up between two cultures and whether she's felt any cultural pressure or received any backlash when becoming such a prominent figure as she had to make any sacrifices adopt herself. Is it something your strategic about? I totally get why that's such an important question because we live, my sister says something to me, it was really profound for me. It was like and I felt like I was living my life forever like this, but we don't like it was it was I'm not what I think I am, I'm not what you think I am. I'm what I think you think I am and that's the truth. You know, it's like it's we have these thoughts about what people think about us, where people expect from us and then we live according to that. I remember seeing my parents and remember seeing, you know, the way that they were living, and I just remember not wanting to do a lot of the things that they were doing. And it's just, you know, it's hard, especially when you become a popular person or you're you're a person in the public eye, like living according to people's like their opinion, you will never win. And so at a certain point, you just have to think about what's more important. You know, that's always going to probably be important, but what is more important to you? It's important to think about, like who do you, who's living your life, like whose life is it? And yeah, it's not easy to kind of make that sacrifice and to think about like, well, I'm going to go full force to make the decisions that I want and yeah, and deal with the backlash and try to turn it off and to ignore those people and to to like not give them, you know my space. It's really hard. It's not easy to do sometimes. I literally I remember spending like you know, I did this didn't connect to my phone for like a week and I was like you know what if it's important somebody will tell me. And that's like like I feel like it doesn't sound like that big of a deal. But can you actually imagine like disconnect like your hand off anything. Say anything, just don't take my phone. But you know it can be kind of freeing as well. So you kinda have to make that like that decision like what is more important to you? Living your life for you are living your life for everyone around you will never be