Known as Queen of the Amazigh (“free people”), Dehiya was one of the most powerful warriors in Northern Africa. Dehiya (de-hee-yuh) or Dihya, was also known through time as Dahia, Damya, Damia & Diya among others. She’s best known as Dihya al-Kahina (soothsayer)–Kahina being a name given to her by her oppressors.
She was a fearless female warrior who ruled an Amazigh free state in the 8th century & led her people in the resistance against colonization.⠀She remains historically relevant and serves as an inspiration to women throughout Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria today.
While her true appearance is unknown, the general sentiment is she was a woman of incredible beauty. Some writings state she was a black, African queen while others state she had Greek heritage. Artists’ depictions of her range from olive-skinned and dark-haired to dark-skinned with dreadlocks. We think there is something really powerful about the idea of Dehiya being described as universally beautiful and for that to look so different to different people. It aligns perfectly with our vision of global beauty.⠀Queen Dehiya was a freedom fighter, an empowered female badass and the epitome of ancient beauty.♥️