• Maryam Isa-Haslett

WEARING HIJAB IS A CHALLENGE?

Updated: Dec 8, 2020



I started wearing hijab in my early teen.


The decision to start wearing it was an outgrowth of the moment, but it was always something I knew I wanted to do. When I started wearing hijab, I didn’t have many role models beyond Muslims who I knew personally. I would wear my hijab like my mum would very basic way of having to tie a hijab/scarf.


So important to girls like me who wanted to be fashionable but still be modest and incorporate our hijabs.


Seeing a few hijabis back in those days, getting in front of a camera and talking about their own experiences, sharing style tips and modelling was extraordinary. I was used to being the token hijabi in school, but instead of shying away from it, I became more outspoken. I learned trends, found modest fashion stores, and basically changed my wardrobe and life.


When people of colour talk about representation in the media, going beyond rightful representation, equality and Hollywood, it was for the growing up girls having modest minds. It is for the little girls who want to be proud of their appearance but see a world where it isn’t valued or represented.


This goes for different cultures and backgrounds and religions, but for me, seeing the popularity of the modest fashion community made me feel like I was being seen, and in a good way. I wasn’t alone. I had outfit inspirations, I figured out what hijab colours were flattering, I laughed over YouTube videos on common hijabi problems, I discovered new ways to wear hijab and to dress modestly.


Hijab has significance beyond fashion, obviously, and not everyone cares for fashion. But for me, as someone who does care about fashion and as someone who was a little bit insecure and felt a little alone, it was empowerment. It was strength to say, hey look I wear hijab and I look damn good. Moreso, over the years, i have had many different looks based on seasonal fashion trends.


What are your thoughts and experiences in wearing hijabs, did you feel the same way as me?

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