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The Gentlewomen Series: Dr. Skoon


The Gentlewomen Series is an ode to women who we look up to and have shown incredible strength during these unprecedented times. They are partners, professionals, breadwinners and mothers. They are also now teachers, psychologists, and homemakers. All achieved with the uttermost kindness, gentleness and grace.

For more than 50 years, women have played many roles in their daily life, from being a wife, a mother, a professional, a sister to simply being a girlfriend. In the current times, it is important to recount the lead taken by women who are at the forefront and the sidelines fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Skoon, an Emirati doctor specializing in family medicine who is best known for her modest styling shares her story. Like many others, she shares her highs and lows of being at the forefront, “The amount of appreciation I get from my patients during the pandemic is priceless. However, I still experience mood fluctuations, feeling burned out easily and dealing with uncertainty.”

Whilst juggling her essential role in the medical field, Dr. Skoon is also Level Shoes’ stylist and an avid bag collector! With 84,000 followers in the UAE and beyond, through her aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed, she understood what the regional customers truly want, thus her collaboration with one of the Middle East’s largest fashion stores was formed. 

Dr. Skoon has the great ability to mirror in her style and minimalistic photograph approach, the modern MENA woman — “Being modest does not mean you cannot be stylish and fashionable. It’s all about getting the right balance and proportion!”

Drawing on Empathy

What have you learned about yourself during this pandemic?
I became more self-aware, reorganized my priorities in life and learned to appreciate the smallest blessings I have. Now, I feel more confident and stronger than ever.

What is life like for you right now?
Life is promising and I am optimistic that the future is bright and holding the best to humanity.

What are your 2020 high and lows?
The amount of appreciation I get from my patients during the pandemic is priceless. However, I still experience mood fluctuations, feeling burned out easily and dealing with uncertainty like many others. 

Who is your role model?
My mother is my role model. She is just perfect by all means.

What does being a gentle woman mean to you?
Being kind, charming, self-aware and inspiring. A gentle woman can light up any room with her personality, make people feel good about themselves and has valuable contribution to society.

If you were to go on a vacation right now, where would you go?
Japan is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited and I am willing to visit again and again!

What is your ideal “me time” session? How do you unwind after a hectic day?
Shopping and quality time with my family and closest friends.

The Modest Fashionista

How would you describe your own personal style?

Trendy modest, contemporary, unconventional, sophisticated style.

We heard you are a bag collector, what are you buying differently and what are your new go-to places to find these particular pieces? 

You are correct! I am obsessed with bags and I love to own unique pieces. I prefer online shopping, purchasing from department stores and the brand's boutiques.

What stands to you the most from the Marie De La Roche designs?
I love how creative and well executed the pieces are. My favorite bags are Seda and Atena!

Given your medical background, how did you become an ambassador/ stylist for Level Shoes?
Besides my job as a family medicine specialist, I have always been passionate about fashion and styling. Level Shoes was looking for local talents with a great insight as to what regional customers want, and so they have been working closely ever since. 

You have a signature style for your Instagram account, where did the idea come from?
It all came from my passion with fashion and modest style. I just wanted to show that being modest does not mean you cannot be stylish and fashionable.

As a modest fashionista proponent, how do you accessorize in a clever way without overdoing it?
It's all about getting the right balance and proportion!

*This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.



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