Salaam Abbas is a dentis, model and makeup artist from Sudan, born in Saudia Arabia. She is also a very powerful social influencer in Sudan and Dubai and has plans to make Dubai home and also launch her own makeup line. Ofcourse, all her plans are now on hold due to the pandemic. Read her lockdown diaries to know more about her and how she is spending her time.
Thank you for joining us for this interview.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Salaam Abbas, I am a dentist, model, and a makeup artist born in Saudi Arabia and moved to Sudan and ever since I been traveling back and forth between them and Dubai.
Right, it’s sort of impossible to avoid, but diving straight in – we were wondering how your professional life has been affected by the pandemic, the ongoing issues with coronavirus?
As a result of this pandemic, contracts have been cancelled, the release of my makeup line has been postponed, the stress of survival and fear of the disease is overwhelming to a point where I can’t even concentrate on overcoming my goals for the time being.
What’s it like where you are?
In Sudan, life is harder to some extent due to the increased poverty line and illiterate people who don’t even believe that there is pandemic yet and think all this quarantine is because of political issues. On the other hand, some people are actually keen to counsel and enlighten the citizens about the current situation which somehow makes us feel safer.
What does an average day look like for you under lockdown?
Some days I’m actually hyped and it’s all about working out and photo shoots and skincare, while other days it’s literally all about Netflix.
How are you dealing with this sudden change in lifestyle?
On the contrary, I believe I’m dealing with it just fine.Bonding more with the family and having quality time with them is just what I needed.
What are the important lessons you have learned during this time?
The most important lesson I have learned is to appreciate everything. I do mean everything even the most boring routines we used to have in our daily basis. Life is too short, we should not stress over everything in life and enjoy living as long as we have our loved ones by our side and our health ofcourse. Health is literally a blessing and I’m so grateful for it. The importance of talking to friends every day and human connection is crucial. Also that the Doctors and researchers need to be paid better.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your life and/or career?
Thats a lot of things could be done in home not the old way.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing?
Makeup and modeling.
Did you develop any new interest or hobby or learned a new skill during this time?
More makeup and modeling and dancing skills I chose to perfect the skills I have.
What’s your favourite music/songs for the moment?
Afrobeat and some old school music from the 90’s.
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation?
Learn to appreciate what you already have and do things that you always wanted to do but never found the time to do so. For example more reading.
What are you missing most about the outside world?
The outside world itself, the feeling of safety, not worrying about wearing mask and gloves and sanitizing everything you buy and touch.
What 3 things could you not live without under lockdown?
Sanitizers, skin care, and snacks that would last through out to help increase my serotonin level.
What are you most looking forward to doing once the lockdown is over?
Travelling! I was supposed to start a new life in Dubai and the releasing of my makeup line. Both got postponed due to the lockdown.
How do you think life will be after Covid-19?
I think people will be more hygienic. For example now we have developed the habit of washing our hands a lot. So, definitely this will not stop as soon as the pandemic is over. Traveling won’t be as easy as it was before. People will start appreciating each other more and will be motivated to achieve their goals faster because life can end in a glimpse of an eye.
Finally, your message for us at CP magazine.
First of all, it’s my pleasure to participate with your magazine and for all the readers here are some things that I would like to tell you.
Learn as much as you can from this lockdown because this time you have now will never be again. You should be willing to trade some of your freedom for the greater good of the public.
Photographer: Khlood Jomma @khlood.jomma