This Arab girl is unlike anyone else you follow on the 'Gram. A beautiful blend of Lebanese and Palestinian, she has blessed us with one of the best pages and content we've seen in quite some time: @ArabGirlWithSign. The page features hilarious home-truths of the Arab world, and she has quickly amassed 10,000 followers in just the short three months of being online.
Not only are her signs relatable, but they are absolutely hilarious. It is refreshing to see an Arab girl take on the world with such a fun and youthful approach. Her posts are here to brighten your day and make you feel some type of way! We stan.
We sat down with the woman behind the sign to talk cancel culture, creating a community, and why she never shows her face on social media...
Cosmo ME: What’s the first sign you ever made?
AGWS: It’s the first one I ever posted. The Zaatar one!
Cosmo ME: Tell us about your handle – “Arab” girl. Why was it important for you to stipulate that you’re Arab?
AGWS: I think as “Arab girl”, it gave me the edge that I wanted. It’s what I wanted to focus on. I do believe that the Arab girl deserves to be heard more in our society. There are so many things that we as Arab women can all relate to. Because at the end of the day, we’re all going through the same thing. That’s why I wanted to say Arab girl. Not just a girl, not just Arab; but Arab girl.
Cosmo ME: Who would you most like to read one of your signs?
AGWS: Honestly, with my page, it’s all about the community. I’m not really targeting any specific person or anything like that. Whatever comes my way, I just go with it. I just want to reach as many Arabs as I can. That’s all that matters.
Cosmo ME: Which post of yours has made the most noise? And why do you think that is?
AGWS: Definitely the sign that says “It doesn’t count as gossip if we say beini o beinik first”. It’s such a hit because Arabs talk and everyone talks! In our society, word just travels around so fast. So we say “beini o beinik”, as in "between you and me", to make ourselves feel better but we’re gonna say it anyway!
Cosmo ME: What was the most rewarding or fulling moment you’ve experienced with your page?
AGWS: The United Nations have a page that’s called “Girl Power” and I was still pretty new to Instagram, but they reached out, asking me to post about them on my story. When I saw that, it reassured me that I’m doing something positive. It made me feel like I could actually make a difference; that I was allowed to voice my opinion.
Cosmo ME: Are your parents supportive of your page?
AGWS: Absolutely. My mama is my biggest fan!
Cosmo ME: What is your biggest fear?
AGWS: Failure… It genuinely scares me. I started this page for fun and to make people feel good. That’s what I want to continue to do. This whole cancel culture does scare me. What if I post something, accidentally offend someone and everyone turns against me? I think of that sometimes.
Cosmo ME: Have you experienced a negative side to your page?
AGWS: Just some people when they comment this isn’t funny or stop copying whoever. Why tear each other down? Why attack someone that’s just doing their own thing? When I’m scrolling through Instagram, I never have the urge to attack someone or leave a negative comment. I just don’t understand the need for it.
Cosmo ME: Do you ever have moments of doubt?
AGWS: When I get too in my head and overthink things, I start to doubt myself. My most successful posts are the ones that I didn’t overthink. It doesn’t pay off… and that says a lot.
Cosmo ME: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
AGWS: Nancy Ajram or Haifa Wehbe. I think it would be hilarious. I have so many ideas.
Cosmo ME: Why don’t you show your face?
AGWS: It was actually an accident! When I decided to start the page and made my first sign, we took a bunch of pictures. The only one I happened to like, was the one where my face was hidden! So I just went with it and here we are.
If you didn’t know her before, now you do. Introducing the one and only Arab Girl With Sign.