Leyya & Luke

Leyya & Luke

 

Ages: 27 & 29
BEEN TOGETHER: 5.5 YEARS
BACKGROUND: 🇵🇰&🇬🇧
FROM: Manchester & Norwich (now London)
OCCUPATIONS: Co-Founder of The other box/Designer
RELIGION: Muslim & Atheist
Met Though A friend

@leyyax & @luke_thdc

Photos by: Sarah Ali / @aaliisarah

 

“I saw Leyya on my friend’s Facebook, when they were in Paris and I texted my friend basically asking who she was. Then when she came back to London, after a few weeks we met up… but she tells everyone that we met in Paris.”

“He took me for our first year anniversary back to Paris where we first met.”

“I think she moved her toothbrush into my house after a week of knowing me…”

"It was a gorgeous flat! Do you blame me?”

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“So I graduated and I really struggled to get a job in the industry, so I was working in retail for a few months, and then I eventually started my job with a design company. Throughout the whole time, Luke really supported me, and even now he's so supportive of me and my career and believes in what I do and literally, The Other Box, wouldn't be where it is without him.”

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“I was around 25, when I started to get more comfortable with who I was.”

“Leyya became more confident in herself, and it strengthened our relationship. When you have two people who are fully comfortable with themselves, that’s a really healthy place to be in.”

“We’re better people. He was really curious about my culture and heritage… and even in the conversations we have now, we can talk about racism, equality and the work I do, and he's actively part of the conversations. We’ve grown. Together. With mixed race relationships you need to have an understanding of both cultures, as well as a respect for it for it to work.

I knew Luke was the one when he ate roti the proper way, he ripped it up he scooped it up, perfect little bundle. I was like wow.
— Leyya

“This has made me think though, the direction of embracing differences. It doesn’t really work any other way. There’s so much more for me to learn and embrace than the reverse. She’s given so much to me by bringing me into her family and culture.”

“From a white person’s perspective, I thought it would be way scarier meeting her family than the other way around but actually Leyya’s family was actually super easy with me like so welcoming and immediately I was apart of the family.”

“My family get on with you really well, even my most scary, religious aunty…

He’s been really involved with my family from the beginning, he’s come to Texas with me for the last three years to visit my sister, he actively takes an interest in all of it. Like we went to Malaysia last year and he found this Islamic arts Museum to go to… and together, we found out a lot about my culture and heritage that I didn’t even know about that, and so happy I could share that with him.”

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Mum’s always drilled into me, ‘As long as you’re happy, as long as you’re safe, as long as you are self-sufficient, I don’t care’.
— Leyya

“How Luke makes me feel and how healthy and happy our relationship is, I think that's more important to my mum than me marrying someone who is Asian, it’s more important for me to just be happy.

THE BETTER DRIVER:

Luke

TIDIER:

Luke

THE BETTER COOK:

Leyya, when she decides too

MORE ROMANTIC:

Luke

FUNNIER:

Leyya, hands down

SNORES LOUDER:

Luke

MORE LIKELY TO HIDE SOMETHING FROM THE OTHER?

Leyya

GETS ANGRY FIRST:

Leyya

PET PEEVES:

Le: Luke when he leaves his protein shaker unwashed, on the other side and it smells like death.

Lu: Leyya has too much stuff and it clutters the flat.

FAVOURITE QUALITY: 

Lu: Her confidence.

Le: His empathy.


ONE WORD TO SUM UP LOVE:

🖤