Being famous doesn’t exclude Nadiya Hussein from the victims of bigots. According to her, it is still part of her daily life.
In a recent interview on Sunday’s Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4, Nadiya was flabbergasted when she was praised for her positive impact on race relations with the Muslim community, because she is still a victim of racism. “It sounds really silly [but] it feels like that it’s a part of my life now. “I expected it”, she said. “I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused, because it happens. It has happened for years”, she said.
The treatment she receives does not demotivate her to keep being a role model for her children. She is determined to be a positive example to be followed by other Muslims to live their life normally. She chose not to be like how she used to be when she was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. Feeling afraid to be judged.
Nadiya said “I love being British and I love living here, this is my home and it always will be regardless of all the other things that define me. This is my home and I want my kids to be proud of that and I don’t want them to grow up with a chip on their shoulder, so I live as positively as I can.”
Since she won the Bake Off competition last year. She never stopped having an impact on society. Though, when she was competing, she never thought of being an example of a successful Muslim. Her success does give positive impact towards the Muslim community.
Since she won the Bake Off, Nadiya has a cookbook called Nadiya’s Kitchen, which was released in June this year. Now she writes a cooking column for the Times and she made the Queens 90th birthday cake. She will also be the host of a two-part BBC series cooking show called “The chronicles of Nadiya” and will be judging the new Junior Bake Off. Looks like nothing is going to stop her from creating more successful milestones in her life.
She overcame her fear and made progress with her dreams. Her positivity did not only create a positive impact in her life, it also spills over to the Muslim community at large. It will give more opportunities to Muslims to break through the stereotypes people have against them. Ride with it and create a positive impact, like she did.