A former student of The Sixth Form Bolton has made a list of ‘young people changing the world’.

Misbah Mogradia joined young people making waves in retail and coThe Bolton News: Misbah founded Imaan Active, which sells modest activewearMisbah founded Imaan Active, which sells modest activewear (Image: Supplied)mmerce on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe Retail & Commerce list.

The list celebrates leaders in their field.

Footballer Jude Bellingham and actor Bella Ramsey also make the list in other categories.

Misbah, aged 25, founded Imaan Active, a modest activewear and swimwear company.

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The company sells products ranging from hooded tops to joggers, hijab wraps to swim turbans.

A former Essa Academy student, Misbah left The Sixth Form Bolton in 2017 with A Levels in Economics, English Language and Biology.

Misbah was active in enrichment at The Sixth Form and was the Student Council President organising a summer charity fundraiser and listening to the student body's concerns.


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Misbah said: ““From having a tight-knit friendship group in school, to then knowing no one at Sixth Form, it was a huge personal development journey for me.

“To meet and connect with new people, trying different things (being involved in event organising) and adapting to different styles of teaching they all helped me to become more confident and world-ready.”

Misbah said her favourite subject was economics, which she later studied at Manchester University, because her teacher “had such a passion for the subject and relayed the importance of current affairs”.

Sharing the news, Misbah wrote: “I cannot believe I am typing this right now… I have officially made it on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list for 2024!

I started Imaan Active in 2019 in my bedroom as a 20-year-old university student, not knowing a thing about fashion or business but simply wanting to design modest activewear to empower women on their fitness journey.

“I couldn’t find activewear that covered me in the right areas, that was stylish and was at an affordable price-point.

“I knew this was a problem for SO many women and was a barrier for us keeping fit and taking care of our health. Whilst still at university, I took a leap of faith and launched Imaan Active.

“The last four years has been quite the journey, but we have now built a community of over 100,000 supporting us from all over the world.

“The dream will always be to help women feel confident and comfortable in doing the activities they love.

“And lastly, for every Muslim woman who is reading this… it is possible for us to make it. For us to excel in the path that we choose.

“For us to chase our dreams when the whole world is telling us otherwise. So dream big, and make it happen.”

Principal Stuart Merrills said: “We are all extremely proud of what Misbah has achieved since leaving the Sixth Form.

“To start up such a successful business from scratch and appear in the Forbes 30 under 30 is extremely impressive and Misbah is a wonderful role model for our students.

“We wish her every success in the future and look forward to following her journey.”

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