Nadiya Hussain is a big deal in the UK –she won the mega popular cooking show “Great British Bake Off” (which was the most-watched television show of 2015). Since then, she’s released a new cookbook, has a new cooking column for a leading newspaper and…baked a birthday cake for the Queen of England (on her 90th birthday, no less)!
Despite all her accomplishments, Ms. Hussain says in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4 that that she still suffers from Islamophobic views and attitudes in her day-to- day life. “It feels like that’s become a part of my life now. I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused, because it happens, it’s happened for years.”
But the famous baker says she’s never been more determined to be a role model to the Muslim community and her three children. “I love being British and I love living here, this is my home and it always will be regardless of all the other things that define me. This is my home and I want my kids to be proud of that and I don’t want them to grow up with a chip on their shoulder, so I live as positively as I can.”