The media has always placed Muslim women in the dark. It hasn’t done a fair representation of what Muslim women face on a daily basis, especially in the West. Women in general face hardships because of their gender. But as Muslim woman and a woman of color, I have found my experiences aligned with other minority women, because society has already created a label for us and expects us to fall under it.
As a Muslim woman, I have found that most of the women I encounter are women of color. I don’t know why that it is, but there is a special connection and mutual understanding between us: striving to find the light. A lot of times I feel that I live in a dark, gloomy world and that I have to try ten times harder than anyone to defy the stereotypes I’m associated with and also to prove my worth. For a woman that looks like me, the only representation I get in the media is a dark and dehumanizing one. The hijab is my source of energy that will help me find the light.
Muslim women aren’t in the dark. We are Olympic winners, state legislators, fashion designers, artists, photographers, models, mother, doctors, engineers, and the list goes on and on. A lot of people that I encounter for the first time are surprised that a Muslim woman like me, that chooses to wear the hijab, is an outspoken person and is not afraid to speak her mind. People expect that because of a piece of cloth on my head that I’m supposed to hide behind it. My hijab is a very visible label, so why would people expect that I’m in the dark when I’m out here flaunting and supporting what I believe in?
The idea for my white on white outfit was inspired by the the photographer, Sina Bigdeli, whom I collaborated with. His vision was to show the power behind the hijab. This photoshoot is something completely different from what I usually do, but it was aligned with the messages I try to send. It’s very important to collaborate with like minded artists who share similar visions.
There aren’t much outfit details here. I got both my pants and shirt from Zara. The main focus of this shoot was to show the power of the hijab and that Muslim women aren’t in the dark. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and want a photographer, Sina is the man to go to. You can check is amazing work here: www.sinabigdeli.com. Artists need to support one another!