Born and raised in Eritrea, Africa, the Hermon and Heroda became deaf at age seven due to unknown causes. Although they have moderate hearing loss, they communicate using speech, British Sign Language and their Phonak hearing aids.
Their blog ‘Being Her’, a play on words with their names, is about being identical twins, with one lifestyle but two different personalities! They feature topics such as travel, fashion, culture, and lifestyles.
Hermon is an actress and describes herself as laid back, bubbly and loud. Heroda, who quit her job to become a full-time blogger says she is sweet, innocent and fun.
Despite their differences, they also have twin-tuition, meaning that they have an extremely close connection.
“Our bond is unbreakable. We do many things together, finish each other’s sentences, and feel each other’s pain and mirror each other’s gestures,” they both said.
Inspired by their passion for fashion, they noticed that people were hungry for real inspiration. They set up their blog to share their journey, travels and fashion styles, in the hope to show a realistic view on life, while expressing their different personalities through their blog readers can relate to.
“We don’t strive to look or be perfect. It’s all about self-expression and individuality. We want to tell the world that you should embrace your disability or flaws and not hide from them,” they said.
“We want to tell the world that you should embrace your disability or flaws and not hide from them.”
Navigating the world of work is a daunting task, but with a hearing loss, it can sometimes feel like you’re faced with barrier upon barrier. The twins studied at a fashion college and university, but unfortunately, they say their peers and tutors didn’t believe in their ambitious careers because of their hearing loss.
Despite the nay-sayers, they kept their heads held high and didn’t let anyone stop them from achieving their goals.
Hermon applied for jobs within the fashion industry but was continuously rejected.
“It wasn’t easy but was challenging and opportunities were quite limited,” she says.
Heroda decided to give herself a challenge. She noticed her rejection by a well-known designer came only after they found out she is deaf, even though she can speak fluently. So she grabbed another opportunity with a different designer. This time she didn’t tell them that she was deaf, and funnily enough, they offered her a job.
Another barrier that Heroda faced was that in a styling role. She says a person in the industry told her, “I don’t believe in you to do styling because I can’t trust you with the clients.”
She says examples like these show there is still a lack of deaf awareness in the workplace. The twins are hoping that through their blog, they can use these experiences to raise awareness.
Hermon and Heroda have never let go of their dreams, despite the challenges and ignorance they have faced.
“If you truly want to follow your dreams, go for it and catch every opportunity as it comes. We have learnt that if we get knocked down, we get back up and go again. We should not give up, not now, not ever, and nor should you,” the twins said.