By Staff writer
Mohammed Hindash began his career as a painter before gaining a massive following on social media after a repost by Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel
A Dubai-based make-up artist, known for working with some of the world’s most famous celebrities like Naomi Campbell, has made history by becoming the first male cover star of Cosmopolitan Middle East.
Thirty-year-old Mohammed Hindash initially began his career as a painter, drawing sketches of his female friends and posting them on social media. In 2013, he began gaining a massive following after a repost by Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel.
"When I was still in university, I woke up one day and my phone was going crazy. I was trying to figure out what happened and it turns out that Candice Swanepoel had followed me and reposted one of my drawings. I gained, like, 20,000 followers overnight, which was crazy,” he told Cosmopolitan Middle East.
But rejection after rejection from the art galleries left him turning to make-up instead, where his inbox was filling up with requests from both friends and strangers.
“Representation has become so important to me, and I have supported women all through my career,” he said when asked about becoming the title's first male cover star. "My work revolves around women and doing things that empower them.”
Today Hindash has racked up 1 million followers on Instagram and over 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, and is looking to launch his own make-up brand soon.