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Missguided Discovered: Imen Siar

Find out how she is breaking down boundaries and paving the way for Muslim singers in the UK

Written by Liv Grady

March 4, 2021

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Off the back of her Britain’s Got Talent success, we caught up with 21 year old singer, Imen Siar. She is on a mission to inspire young Muslim girls to pursue their dreams in the music industry. She wants to be the first high profile Muslim pop artist in the UK and a role model for women in her community.

With a strong willed, independent attitude, Imen has defied all odds. Her family fled from Italy to London, due to Islamaphobia and they built a new life together in London. Whilst studying at college, Imen was also holding down a job at her local Nandos. She took part in Britain’s Got Talent in 2020, reaching the semi-finals of the show. Due to the pandemic, she hasn’t been able to take full advantage of her new found success, but 2021 is Imen’s year and we can’t wait to see her journey.

We chatted to her to find out more about her time on BGT, her modest styling tips and her goals for the upcoming year. Keep scrolling to read the full interview.

Imen siar against a white wall
Photographer: Alexander Beer

Q+A with Imen Siar

Hey Imen, how are you today?

Hey! Feeling blessed as always!

How have you keeping yourself busy in lockdown 3.0?

I took this lockdown to practise song writing and I am also working a lot of hours at Nando’s, so I’m always busy!

Imen siar
Photographer: Alexander Beer

How has your life changed since your first appearance on BGT?

My confidence was boosted and It also gave me validation from my parents which meant a lot to me. I also reached a much wider audience which always makes me want to do more! Even had people recognising me at work!

Juggling a hospitality job and a singing career must be difficult, how do you like to wind down when you are stressed?

Singing has always been my way of relaxing, whether I’m at work or at home, so you can always catch me singing even when cleaning the toilets at Nandos. Music in general helps me a lot, headphones in and the problems out!

“Music in general helps me a lot, headphones in and the problems out!”

Imen Siar

We don’t see many Hijabi singers in the UK at the moment, why do you think this is?

I think the industry lacks Hijabi representation and someone to break the boundaries. Many Muslim Hijabi girls would be scared to be the first ones to break these boundaries because they know they could get a lot of backlash from the community. The culture tends not to see art as a real job, as well as it being seen to contradict the religion, which is not the case if you make sure the meaning of your songs is appropriate. The issue is that there aren’t enough Muslim Hijabi artists to show new artists how to overcome these concerns and that’s what I’m here for! Recently the industry has been more diverse than ever and it gives me a lot of hope!

“The industry lacks Hijabi representation and someone to break the boundaries. Many Muslim Hijabi girls would be scared to be the first ones to break these boundaries because they know they could get a lot of backlash from the community.”

Imen Siar

What are your 3 key staples for modest styling?

Layering and wearing oversized jackets or tops to not outline body shape without necessarily having to avoid skinny jeans. Finally, turtle necks which can be worn with anything and which make sure your neck is never showing and which allow you to wear your scarf in many different styles!

Imen siar in sunglasses smiling at camera
Photography: Alexander Beer

What has been your most surreal career moment so far?

Definitely my Britain’s Got Talent semi final performance! Being on that golden stage made me feel like a star!

How did your father react to your first TV performance?

My father isn’t a man who expresses how he feels a lot, but I saw him smile and that meant a lot to me. He knows that this is what I want to do in my life now and I’ve got his blessing!

“My father isn’t a man who expresses how he feels a lot, but I saw him smile and that meant a lot to me”

Imen Siar

What do you like to wear to feel most confident on stage?

For some reason I’ve always felt confident wearing a matching suit, just like the one I wore on my last performance on BGT, not too classy and not too casual! And even better, anything YELLOW! my favourite colour!

What’s on the cards for your music career in 2021?

Hopefully releasing my first ever single which is something I’ve always dreamt of!

Quickfire questions with imen siar

What’s the last TV show you bingewatched

Next in Fashion

What’s your ultimate comfort food?

Stone baked Italian pizza

One makeup or skincare item you can’t live without?

Watermelon lip balm

What song do you have on repeat at the minute?

Woman Like Me by Little Mix

What’s your dream holiday destination?

Thailand