The style, the confidence!
Not only does fashion come in all shapes and sizes, but it also comes in various cultures, religions, and beliefs.
Nailing their sartorial choices are Muslim women, specifically those who wear a hijab. Whether in a niqab (face covering), a turban-style scarf, an abaya (a burqa), or even a triangular scarf that is commonly used during prayers, these hijabi Muslim women know a thing or two about how to dress up.
After Twitter user Nini who goes by the name @seokthestallion shared a thread of hijabi women in their elements, it blew up.
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The best-dressed hijabi edition thread amassed more than 200,000 likes and each fashionista got plenty of love.
But Nini had to also remind followers not to post any Islamaphobic content.
She wrote: ‘I better not see Islamophobic comments or people shaming these women in any way (not on their hijab style, not on how their clothes and NONE of that).’
One of the women featured in the thread is Najma Ahmed, a Swedish-Somali influencer living in Paris.
She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘What inspires my fashion is the environment I’m in. When I’m in Paris I will dress a little more minimalistic and neutral and when I’m in Sweden I dress more colorful. ‘Also I like to take inspiration from social media and old movies from the ’80s and ’90s.’
Asked about her fashion tips, Najma says: “Being comfortable is a major key for me. When I feel comfortable with what I’m wearing I’m automatically more confident.”
‘I have seen the thread and it made me so happy to see other inspirational Muslim hijabs get the recognition that they deserve. ‘They are all so gorgeous and stylish and I’m more than honored to be in the same thread as them.’
According to the Global Islamic Economy Report, the worldwide market for Muslim clothing is forecast to be worth £281B by 2020. It just shows how much room for creativity and exploration there is in the Muslim fashion industry for both business and wearers alike.
However, some misconceptions about fashion in the Muslim world are still going strong, which keeps us away from a more dramatic change. One British-Japanese designer and visual artist named Hana Tajima believes that “The biggest misconception is that there is such a thing as Muslim fashion.” In reality, “it’s all just clothing.”
A step towards bringing the Muslim world into fashion was made back in 2016 by Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan, who presented a collection at New York Fashion Week. Inspired by her hometown Jakarta, the designer presented flowy trousers and tunics, and all models were wearing hijabs.
She wrote on Instagram: “I believe fashion is one of the outlets in which we can start that cultural shift in today’s society to normalize hijab in America so as to break down stereotypes and demystify misconceptions.” And the standing ovations proved society is finally moving towards this.