In our latest 'WOMEN SUPPORT WOMEN' series, KAAI x DPT invited inspiring women to share their personal stories and the challenging road they have walked together. Representing true female empowerment and celebrating sisterhood, they unite together wearing our KAAI x DPT necklace. Backstage of the campaign shoot, we had a little sit down with lovable actress Nora Dari and her darling niece Wiam. Grab onto your tissues, as you read all about their unbreakable bond.
Nora Dari (20, actor) & Wiam Bazmad (14, student) – nieces.
It’s all about family. About sharing the highs and the lows. About dreaming big and staying grounded.
What was the biggest challenge in your life that defined your support to each other?
N: It’s been almost a year now, since I lost my uncle to suicide – her father. He is my mom’s brother and the only relative we had living here in Belgium. When the police came in to tell us what happened, she was the first thing I could think of. I went to see her immediately and seeing her sitting there with those empty eyes just broke my heart. How she dealt with all of it, how she somehow found the strength to cope within herself, almost seems out of this world to me. That’s why she is such a source of inspiration to me, I can’t imagine myself handling that situation like she did.
W: When something bad happens now, I don't take it so hard anymore. You know, the worst thing that could have happened to me has already happened and I survived.
N: Wiam was always very strong. In everything; if something bad happened and I watched her deal with it, I thought to myself "girl, how do you do this?!" She's incredibly good at putting things into perspective, ever since she was a little girl.
W: Nora has always been there for me, even before. My parents had a nasty divorce and she never left me hanging. I could really feel that she cares deeply for me, thanks to her sweet texts and her regularly checking up on me. She’s really like a sister to me. She inspires me too, I mean look at what she has already accomplished in her life, and at such a young age.
N: She has always been the little sister I so deeply wanted. I am actually most grateful for her not pushing me away during that time. I can imagine if someone wants to be there for you so badly, it might come off too strong and one would care for a breather. And in that moment, she chose to let me in and accepted my help instead.
W: Because I really needed it. *laughing. Nora has come a long way; she was raised in a small town in Genk and look at her now. It all happened so fast. One moment, she’s standing in the living room, acting her ass off and the next she’s on tv, in leading roles in wtFOCK and Panna. All the attention hasn’t changed her a bit though. No matter how busy her schedule, she always found time for a visit.
It's safe to say that you inspire a lot of other young girls too. How do you experience 'working on your dream'?
N: As a young girl, everything seems to be happening so far away and behind closed doors. Especially in the acting world: where are those big castings? How do you get presented with opportunities? How can I grow? For me, it was mainly about knowing the 'right' people and having them allowing and wanting me to do well. I really believed in myself. I feel like that aspect made me stand out from others. I knew what I wanted and I never doubted it; even if my parents or others did. In my eyes they just didn't understand. On a side note; that doesn’t mean I never have any doubts or insecurities in other areas of my life, acting just wasn't one of them. You must keep your goal in mind at all times, and everything you do has to be based on achieving that objective. I truly believe that if you absolutely believe in yourself, anything is possible. Really, anything is possible. If you wake up and go to bed focused on your intentions, you can count on it to happen.
KAAI x DPT is a heavenly match made in Antwerp. As both brands encourage to invest in durable pieces, they invite women to indulge in every luxury, boosting their confidence as they go. The KAAI x DPT necklace is made in sterling silver, handset with a 100% natural and ethically sourced diamond. Available at KAAI bags, as from November 8 at €85 - receive yours as a gift when pre-ordering SS22 collection, starting December 15.