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Momtaz Begum-Hossain

Editor, Lifestyle Writer, Content Creator

Location icon United Kingdom

Hello! I'm a London based Freelance Editor, Writer and Content Creator thanks for taking a look at my editorial portfolio. I have extensive experience of writing lifestyle articles covering everything from travel, health, wellbeing and fitness, to celebrity A'list interviews, entertainment and beauty, published in outlets like The Guardian, The I Paper, Londonist, Gal-Dem, Huffington Post, Mollie Makes, Project Calm, Net Doctor, Asiana Wedding, Asian Culture Vulture, Online Money Advisor and Actual Size Magazine. I blog at www.craftandtravel.com.

On the content creation side I've worked as a Content Editor for brands such as Barclays Bank (property and personal finance) and global paint company Akzo Nobel (Dulux Paints) and have managed the social media for several independent brands.

I've also written and contributed to several books and am experienced in television presenting, radio and live event hosting. I host The Desi Woman Podcast and regularly provide comment in the media.

Recent appearances have included BBC London Radio, Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Asian Network and BBC2 TV show Victoria Derbyshire.

Portfolio
Project Calm Magazine
02/01/2020
A History of Collage

A potted look at the evolution and joy of collage.

Londonist
09/06/2019
Who Are The People That Walk Around Spitalfields In Ridiculously Colourful Clothes?

Momtaz Begum-Hossain Who Are The People That Walk Around Spitalfields In Ridiculously Colourful Clothes? I've often wondered if I'm the most colourful person in the city, but who are the other contenders and where could I track them down? Stationing myself on Brick Lane to spy on who purchases rainbow bagels proved unfruitful.

BBC Bitesize
How to turn a walk in the park into a colourful craft activity

The great outdoors is filled with treasures like falling leaves, twigs in different shapes and sizes, colourful flowers and seeds. In the summer you'll spot things that you might not see in the winter, while the autumn looks different to spring.

Project Calm Magazine
2018
TRAVEL: In Search of Colour

Travelling in a sensory experience, get inspired by sight and sound on your next trip

BBC Bitesize
The rise and rise of online vintage fashion

During the coronavirus pandemic, eBay UK reported that June 2020 saw the biggest year-on-year spike in new businesses joining the site, with an increase of 335% compared with June 2019. Fashion re-sale site Vinted, which has 30 million registered users across Europe, also saw a 17% increase in items listed on their platforms in the second quarter of 2020, which ties in with us being in lockdown.

iNews
09/27/2017
Indian food but not as you know it

There's a tantalising aroma in the air as bowls of lemon yellow cashew rice arrive from inside the kitchen, along with wafts of spice. Then come individual pots of slow-cooked lamb before plates of fried fish, fragrant slices of caramelised aubergine and strips of date and mango leather smothered in a fruity gravy.

the Guardian
2013
BIOGRAPHY: Burying my mother

I walked down the high street, swinging a carrier bag containing soap and a bottle of rose water. I passed the 24-hour grocery, the turning for the library and the derelict police station. I stopped when I got to the alley at the corner of the mosque.

Asiana.tv
Faith & Feminism: how to master both

Faith & Feminism: how to master both Maryyum Mehmood talks to AsianaTV about launching her own platform, smashing stereotypes, and revolutionalising the representation of Muslim women "It's time to dismantle the glass ceiling. Not just shatter it, but equip ourselves DIY style to make doors

Asiana Wedding Magazine
2016
TRAVEL: Hawai'i

A honeymooner's guide to these Polynesian islands

Londonist
11/07/2019
These Bangla Women Are Shaking Up The Brick Lane Foodie Scene

Momtaz Begum-Hossain These Bangla Women Are Shaking Up The Brick Lane Foodie Scene "It began as a joke. He stuck colourful broccoli on the wall and drunk people would bite into them thinking they were real. It made me wonder what would rainbow broccoli actually taste like? So I made some."

Asian Culture Vulture
05/27/2019
Cannes Fashion 2019 trends and triumphs - Asian Culture Vulture

By Momtaz Begum-Hossain SO, HERE'S the thing, I adore fashion. I love star spotting and I'm always on the watch for who's wearing what, but oh how naïve I was. It wasn't until I attended Cannes this year that I realised what an extravagant circus the Red Carpet at the world's most glamorous film festival actually is.

Asiana.tv
Meet India's most controversial singer

Shut Up Sona is a shocking watch. As we follow Sona on tour, she regularly packs out venues of over 200,000 fans, on one side we see her strong, captivating performances and on the other, we're shown the everyday sexism and inequality she faces.

Asian Culture Vulture
01/18/2019
How Anita Dongre is leading the slow fashion revolution... (interview) - Asian Culture Vulture

By Momtaz Begum-Hossain THINK ANITA DONGRE AND Bollywood Designer springs to mind. She's dressed countless celebrities from British royalty Kate Middleton to Bollywood stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, but it isn't the glamour that drives her. Her focus lies on running a sustainable fashion business that champions and supports heritage crafts.

gal-dem
02/11/2018
Bloody beautiful: my periods and me | gal-dem

I slouched against the kitchen door frame as my Mother fried another batch of lentil piyazus . She was too deep in concentration waiting for the optimum oil temperature, anticipating that precise moment when the orange batter, browns to crispy perfection, to enquire what I was doing. She probably assumed I was hungry.

HuffPost UK
12/08/2017
It's My Birthday So I Made My Dream Outfit: A Bat Girl Sari

Seriously. What is it with people who do nothing on their birthday? It astonishes me when friends claim they 'don't bother anymore', 'they are too old', blah, blah, blah. The day you were born is an essential celebration in my books, after all; we've survived another year.

Asiana Wedding Magazine
2017
BOLLYWOOD: Shilpa Shetty

Interview with the actress 10 years on from winning Celebrity Big Brother

Asiana Wedding Magazine
2017
TRAVEL: India

A review of THE Park Hotels

Asiana Wedding Magazine
TRAVEL: Maldives

Travel feature/hotel review Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives

Asiana Wedding Magazine
2017
CELEBRITY: Amy Jackson

Interview with the British actress Amy Jackson turned Indian movie star

Asiana Magazine
2011
REAL-LIFE: Stalking

Case study experiences of the sinister world of stalking

Asiana Wedding Magazine
2017
BOLLYWOOD: Kareena Kapoor Khan

Exclusive with the A'list superstar: Kareena's first UK magazine interview, cover and makeover.

Asiana Wedding Magazine
2017
FASHION: News

Essential need-to-know on openings, catwalk shows and events.

Asiana Magazine
2011
BEAUTY: Botox

Non-surgical procedures with results

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