Tuesday, December 15, 2009

On the Street….Chapel St., Melbourne


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  1. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm


  2. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Very creative use of a scarf and such a lovely smile!

  3. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Beautifull! Love the scarf on the bag

  4. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    beautiful! She has such a great smile!

  5. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I love it! So amazingly beautiful and classy. The scarf wrapped with the bag, shoes, and the Hijab, WOW!

  6. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    she's pretty! lovely photo!

  7. Pennerad

    December 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    perfect. beautiful color.

  8. Sartorial Vancouver

    December 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    The earrings do it for me!

  9. jenn

    December 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    just gorgeous. she and the colors!

  10. what dia like

    December 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  11. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    love the pop of color with her mustard yellow scarf and bag.

  12. evalyn

    December 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Saying nothing about religions that require thier women to be un-seen – this woman is beautiful. That outfit would be chic and stylish anywhere for any occasion. Grace and Beauty are hers.

  13. Saad

    December 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Now this is something we haven't seen on the blog before. She's beautiful.

  14. Verbatum

    December 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I love the scarf wrapped around the bag looks great.

  15. Oscar Page

    December 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I adore how earth tone colors play off of the black on this and she's so radiant.

  16. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Wow, she is really making a statement. This goes against the concept of oppressing women and making them appear unattractive to men. Everything is a highlight to expose her beauty. Even the bag is lifted with a scarf. Good on her

  17. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    BRAVO! The traditional lines worn with such elegance and — dare i say — joy!

  18. Violet

    December 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Gorgeous! She would definitely brighten a gloomy Melbourne day.

  19. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    This is a stunning photograph! I particularly like the contrast between traditional (religious) and modernity/urbanism. Beautiful!

  20. Soren Lorensen

    December 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    such elegant simplicity

    the clean shapes

    and the smile

  21. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    radiant! love the mustard color and her grin. she seems completely unfettered, despite so many cultural perceptions about being very covered up.

  22. elsie

    December 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    LOVE this!

  23. Magsli

    December 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Wow. This is so vibrant and the lines…oh my, it's completely wonderful. Such a radiant smile. Fantastic.

  24. muslim fashionista

    December 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    awesome! it's great to see Sartorialist feature a cute & fashionable hijabi :)

  25. HussahT

    December 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Loving the diversity. You should come visit us in the middle east.

  26. yasamin

    December 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    What a delightful surprise. She has excellent taste and a bright spirit.

  27. Brittany

    December 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    That scarf is such a wonderful color!

  28. Bob Spears

    December 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Lovely colors and fit with a radiant smile. It doesn't get much better than that. The bag and the earrings are just the icing on the cake.

  29. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm


  30. Amber

    December 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    She is so beautiful.

  31. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    As a long-time Muslim fan of your site, I thank you for this amazing photo. Proof that there are lots of Muslim ladies out there who can seriously rock a headscarf.

  32. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Best accessory is her smile…but I love the chunky rings as well. Great to see traditional elements kept fun and current.

  33. Angel

    December 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I love the scarf wrap around her bag!


  34. Paige

    December 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    what a beautiful smile!

  35. J P

    December 15, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I love this … the scarf on her bag, the shoes peeking out, the subtle details on her hands, her beautiful smile. This is why I visit this site.

    peace, salaam, shalom

  36. Imsy

    December 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    wicked colour combintations, and I especially love how she's tied her scarf around her bag.

    and what a smile! gorgeous.

  37. issyme

    December 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Absolutely lovely. It reminds me of the old adage that there is a huge difference between "fashion" and "style". This young woman definitely has style in spades.

  38. Marcel

    December 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    The beauty and diversity of Melbourne.
    You've captured our spirit.

  39. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Lovely. :)

  40. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I love the yellow and brown hues! Her smile is perfection!

  41. Daniel

    December 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Wow! So unexpected, so stylish, so beautiful! This picture really made my day. Thank you for this.
    Let's grow up Later

  42. JustNorman

    December 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    she looks good. sweet face. i can dig it. A+

    the blog that no one knows about

  43. Blue

    December 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Love the orange on black–and she's so simply beautiful!

  44. kal

    December 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    amazing how much life she radiates!

  45. deLAYLA

    December 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Beautiful :)

  46. Erin G

    December 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Wow. I love how everything coordinates – her headscarf, the scarf on her bag, her bag color…all different shades of the same color set. Lovely.

  47. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    So wonderful to see this image! Seeing personal style in traditional cultural dress is fascinating.

  48. Adelaide

    December 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    bravo joli photo

  49. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    What beautiful colors, and a lovely expression!

    The nails are a good touch, too.

  50. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    The Hermes orange is great, but the best is the hapiness in her face.

  51. serena92

    December 15, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    beautiful colour combination. so chic.

  52. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    not only is she beautiful but she really knows how to use color to her advantage.

  53. Allison

    December 15, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    This is gorgeous! The palette, the textures, the touches of silver…well done!


  54. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Me likey !

  55. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Lovely. I always love your pictures, but you have given me an extra reason to – great style should be completely culture-blind!

  56. ellabella

    December 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I love her smile and how the scarf coordinates so well witht he bag it is chic-ly knotted around. Nothing is more stylish that a big smile like that.

  57. Cassandra

    December 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    The colours are so beautiful. & the scarf around the bag!

  58. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Everything about this image is vibrant. The woman, the smile, the bag, the shoes, the hijab. Vibrant!

  59. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    lovely! the smile the color and especially that giant ring! I do wish that I could see more of the shoes.

  60. Julia

    December 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I love how well the colors accent the black silhouette.

  61. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    very beautiful! and she's fully covered!

  62. Dan

    December 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Stunningly beautiful. The simplicity of her matching colors with the added dimension of the textured scarf around a bag wins the day.

  63. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    If only I could get a photo taken in my abaya.. and I'm not even arab!

  64. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    The richness of these colors is overwhelming. Gorgeous. I absolutely love the scarf tied to the bag idea.

  65. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    What a wonderful way to dress up a handbag. beautiful.

  66. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Political comment of the year!

    She is beautiful, her smile, her nailpolish, her shoes, her jewelry!

  67. Naz

    December 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    So fresh

  68. georgiarae

    December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    the autumnal shades look so striking against the black. And she has a beautiful smile!

  69. Media Peasant

    December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

  70. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I love this picture – it strikes me as being very empowering. This lady clearly has style and can mould whatever she wants to look fantastic.
    Well done Mr Sartorialist!

  71. teresa.s

    December 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    how beautiful

  72. robby

    December 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Hijabi fashionistas can be so intense. Their accessories are always perfectly thought out. Even the way she wears her scarf is pretty chic. You can see more here examples: http://hijabstyle.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for including this woman on your blog, Scott. It's really refreshing.

  73. charrgreen

    December 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    simple. classic. beautiful!

  74. vvn

    December 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I love the simple, elegant lines and the effective use of colour–just beautiful!

  75. Jacqueline

    December 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I love the colors. Rusty oranges. Gorgeous.


  76. Anne

    December 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm


  77. Patrik

    December 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Lovely contrast between the two colors, and the genuine smile makes its all the more perfect.

  78. Junkers Corner

    December 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful. From the golden shoes to the different hues of orange as a contrast to the black.

  79. Marlena

    December 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Wow. Beautiful colors.

  80. loolah

    December 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Love her scarf wrapped around her bag and the way the few colours work together. Love it that she's another strand in the many-stranded Australian mix. This blog keeps getting better!

  81. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Wow. She looks great! But is she complying with the spirit of Islamic mandate? Aren't the earrings and tight sleeves a little too alluring?

  82. applepiecrust

    December 15, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Love this. The intensity of the colors, her expression, the earrings, it all works perfectly against the hijab/burqa.

  83. ari

    December 15, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    so beautiful! the colors, and the girl, are stunning.

  84. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    gorgeous. her smile is infectuous, and the blended warmth of the colors in her headscarf, purse, and scarf is beautifully done.

  85. Into the Fashion

    December 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Amazing…..understated folklore!..never seen before


  86. Marina

    December 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    she is so pretty! I love the scarf on her bag and her smile!!

  87. Sally M.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    what a beautiful muslim woman. Sart, i've loved your blog but seeing this woman dressed how i do every day just made this blog so much more special. I love your pics and love being represented by one of my own sisters on your page. perfection :)

  88. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    The best! This is my favourite photo of the last several months.

  89. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Its all about to make the best out of it. I was amazed by the girls in Tehran, they where so chic even though they must cover their hair and body!! :)

  90. Victoria Bitten

    December 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    she is so beautiful.
    i love her smile, the draping of her headscarf, and the way her scarf wraps around her purse.

    subtlety is so sexy.


  91. The Concrete Commentator

    December 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Beautiful! She looks so happy.

  92. anthony

    December 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I've seen Zen monks dressed in silk. Religious haute couture is too flashy.The outfit is also extremely smart.

  93. raluu.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    she's so beautiful and stylish. very, very nice.

  94. Grace

    December 15, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    the way she spiced up her hijab with gorgeous mustard yellow is fantastic

  95. Gabe

    December 15, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the scarf around the bag!

  96. Joy Mars

    December 15, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Does she have a back-pack to match every headscarf and shawl ensemble? What a wardrobe that would be. It certainly is a clever, spirited work-around for the omni-present black tent.

  97. nadia

    December 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    this is a great picture

    shes got elements of great style

    and its all based around the burka

    the color of the head scarf

    the scarf wrapped around the purse

    the peeping out feet

    her earrings

    and the sweet smile

    shes a pretty girl

    im glad youre branching out, there are plenty of muslim girls like this

    and im surprised no one else has commented so far

  98. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    absolutely gorgeous. LOVE the colors, the hint of pattern from the scarf, the ring, everything.

  99. Katie

    December 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    oh. my. goodness.
    she's so gorgeous.
    pretty smile :)

  100. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    she's just beautiful!!
    can't we say it?!
    Yeah! her smile is beautiful!!

  101. Alexxander

    December 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    niice pic.


  102. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    love this. the vibrant, refreshing color matches the smile.

  103. Meadow

    December 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Love the colors, the scarf tied around the bag, and her big beautiful smile. http://www.vivaswag.com

  104. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm


  105. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I love how she is stylish while staying within the bounds of what is appropriate for Muslims. Way to show that fashion and beauty are not about showing skin and being "sexy"!

  106. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    What a breathtaking image! What a breakthrough! You never see this slice of life! Bravo!

  107. Michelle Antognoli

    December 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    beautiful! beautiful! beautiful!

  108. natasha

    December 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    lovely warm colours!

  109. Teffy

    December 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    love the colours..and she's beautiful

  110. Peggy

    December 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    This is marvelous! I am so glad to see a Muslim woman with headscarf honored as an example of fashion savvy.

  111. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I feel your recent efforts in Australia have failed to capture our definition of summer style. Colour, nonchalance, humour, quiet confidence. Perhaps you didn't have the opportunity to venture out of the city. I would have liked to have seen images from beach side suburbs, north and south-east. I'm not referring to this particular image – but in general. If I wasn't living here, I'd have no idea what season it was judging by these pics.

  112. Lisa Carol

    December 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Everything about her is gorgeous.

  113. .::Tuttie::.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    i LOVE it!

  114. Mia

    December 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Cute :)

  115. bridget

    December 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    i lovee love LOVE the rich patterns and colors that are in her clothes and accessories. It's refreshing to find such a vibrant hue in a religious garment.

  116. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Great smile, beautiful colours, smart use of accessories. I like it.

  117. Lorena White

    December 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    an understated beautiful elegance.

  118. FreakMD

    December 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Love the colors and the smile!!!!!

  119. Erica

    December 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    the color! love it

  120. Adlyn Farouk

    December 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    loved how she matched the colours!

  121. Jenny G.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm


  122. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    A joyous smile and a (dare I say trendy?) expression of individuality within the parameters of a restrictive form of dress. This woman is beautiful.

  123. martis

    December 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Wow, original + classical = fabulous. Luv this girl

  124. ColleenMa

    December 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This is lovely; her smile wins me over, and her bag and scarf work wonders!

  125. nualan

    December 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm


  126. Viola

    December 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    She looks very stylish and comfortable. It seems that some people find themselves uncomfortable about/around veiled women; But the ones I know are friendly, interesting and feel comfortable with people focusing more on their hands and faces.

  127. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Fabulous colours, wonderful smile. Great shot.

  128. carola

    December 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    LOVELY SMILE, I love the ring, the nails the bag…ohhhhhhh details!!!!

  129. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    This image of this beautiful woman makes me proud to be Australian. You've made my morning that much better – thank you.

  130. carola

    December 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    LOVELY SMILE, I love the ring, the nails the bag…ohhhhhhh details!!!!

  131. Santa Cruz Kid

    December 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful photos I've seen on this site, and I've been following for two years now.

    I love when your pictures show the beautiful diversity of the world. To me, this is just as stylish and womanly as the women in the pink dress below.

    Props to you!
    Please continue to actively pursue representing diverse styles!!!!!!!

  132. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Stunning. Thank you for your willingness to recognize style in different forms. LOVE it!

  133. Emmanuelle

    December 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    What a great palette! I love the colour of the headscarf, and the big smile on her face :)

  134. Hannah

    December 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    She is radiant!

  135. Madeleine

    December 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm


  136. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    L o v e i t.

  137. Birdy

    December 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    gorgeous… love the mustard yellow against the black!!
    cool idea with the scarf tied round the bag.

  138. Nisha

    December 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    What a beautiful smile she has

  139. Guga

    December 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Her semblant is the thing that get the most…. Nothing about the clothing…. i would like to see those girls… wearing the same garments… with different shapes… differt fabrics.. and different colors…kinda like neon or fluo… that would be a step forward for them….

  140. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    That's a great marigold color – especially flanked by the teal and turquoise on either side of her.

    What was making her so exuberant?

  141. Miz.November

    December 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    This look is so perfect in so many ways. I'm enthralled.

  142. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    beautiful colors

  143. Poivre Monkey

    December 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm

  144. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Wow! I love this. I live in a part of Melbourne that has a large Muslim population and I'm often intrigued by the way Muslim women manage to express personal style within what looks like severe restrictions. Just gorgeous!

  145. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Love the bag with the scarf and the errings!!

  146. fsm

    December 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    a perfect choice, this sartorialista is one of the truly inspiring looks one sees around town

  147. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Love it!!!!! So classy!

  148. Franco

    December 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I love the colors and a truly beautiful woman. Very subtle but leaves a strong image.

  149. elin

    December 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    This is one of my favorite shots ever! I was not aware of the trends involved with wearing a tudung/head scarf before attending a uni where the majority of female students in my class were Malaysian muslims. It's incredible! I love the spicy color combination and leather bag/tied shawl combo this young lady has put together. Love the silhouette. She's stunning!

  150. charlie

    December 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm


  151. stepmumoftheyear

    December 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm


  152. r

    December 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    you indeed have an eye for the pretty (: the colours in this picture are just sublime.

  153. raekeung

    December 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm


  154. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Such a lovely smile :)

  155. Ahmet Rauf Saatçi

    December 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    So being a conservative Islamist can come with a style as well…proof!

  156. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I'm quite taken by this image, a very pleasant change of tempo to other shots. There is no limit to expression of style. Stunningly stylish & classy lady!

  157. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    This picture clearly illustrates that when the outfit is simple, a couple of carefully considered accessories can say so much.
    I often hear comments from non Muslim women who that suggest that the wearing of a hajib stifles and suppresses the personality and creativity of the wearer, but in my personal experience and as This picture illustrates, that is clearly not the case. Instead I see many young Muslim women in Melbourne wearing the most beautiful accessories, playing with colour and texture and really working with their outfits. Some seriously classy ladies with scarf collections I would die to own!

  158. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm


  159. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Nice colors, and interesting thing happening there with the bag wearing a scarf. But I have to say that I don't like the idea of women being required to dress "modestly."

  160. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    such creative use of a scarf! (i'm referring to the one on her bag)

  161. Chelsea

    December 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm


  162. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    oh look, a religiously oppressed woman!

  163. Claudine

    December 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    It's wonderful to see a non-Western look here.

  164. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Oh gosh, the details! It's all in the details. Such natural grace and style.

  165. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm


  166. Stefan

    December 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    positively radiant. a gorgeous spirit, beyond the great choice of colours and accessories

  167. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I am enjoying the colour contrast. This woman knows how to accessorize. I love the ring and the bag, nice touch with the scarf too!

  168. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    The earrings confuse me.

  169. Elizabeth Saunders

    December 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Oh she's lovely – I really like the drape of her head scarf and the way her earrings are featured so elegantly. Very nice.

  170. z.ok

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    so incredibly stunning. and the smile is golden too!

  171. souzan

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    it's great to see some diversity. love the colour combination. keep up the great blog.


    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I like her look a lot..very modern very stylish muslim woman.

  173. Jane

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Great colour coordination! and great to finally see some diversity on this blog too!

  174. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Simply beautiful.

  175. Christopher

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Stunning! So beautiful.

  176. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Scott, you've outdone yourself! A truly classic photo. This could very easily become an iconic image for the ages

  177. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    love the scarf and the smile. so much energy.

  178. just laurence

    December 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wow! Those colours just sing!And what a smile.

  179. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    What an elegant young lady. So chic…

  180. Daphne

    December 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm


  181. Ljubica

    December 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    love the colour.. the scarf around the bag is a nice touch

  182. Breathe Hijab

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I love it! Finally a woman in hijab on your blog!

  183. Bella

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    This is brilliant.
    Love the diversity in Melbourne.

    I really hope that you were able to head down to places such as Flinders Lane, Centre Way, and just the overall CBD area. Not to mention suburbs like Brunswick.

    Great work.

  184. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Elegant, gorgeous, stunning

  185. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    She looks fantastic!! I love the ochre colours – so Aboriginal in colour yet so Islamic in look !!

  186. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Love the scarf tied around the bag the splash of colour looks even bolder against the black

  187. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    love the mustard and black and her smile……

    lots of funky but modest young islamic women in Australia, glad you noticed (not me though)

  188. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm


  189. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    this image is gorgeous…
    thank you scott for showcasing a fashion style more exotic and unknown than what people normally envision "fashionable" to be

  190. CM

    December 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm


  191. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Don't you just want to know her and know all about her?

  192. mango

    December 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    she's beautiful t

  193. Marie El.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Beautiful woman indeed. The more I look at her the more I find her interesting. Did she coordinate the colors by purpose?.. U captured wonderfully her vision of style and sense of pride. Thank u once again for the diversity!

  194. Maria Ana

    December 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm

  195. Stacy

    December 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    she's so beautiful! i love her smile – and, of course, the scarf around the purse

  196. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Lovely colours, shame the backdrop is so drab.

  197. Pony

    December 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    wow. she is amazing. those colours!

    you're getting some great pictures out of melbs :)

  198. galsandan

    December 15, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Congratulations, one of your best pics ever. An exuberant, elegant woman – all covered up. Goes to show that stylishness is all about personality, proportion and colour, not the amount of skin on show! :-)

  199. Leanne

    December 15, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Despite most of her body dorned in black, she looks so vibrant! Her smile, her eyes and the warm rich earthy colours of her accessories really pop!

  200. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm


  201. jang

    December 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm


  202. Anamour

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Beautidul! simplicity yet tastefulness

  203. Christine

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Really lovely.

  204. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    beautiful….first covered girl i see on your blog.

  205. Loren Barake

    December 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Nice pic she looks adorable!


  206. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    lovely. thank you for not trying to make this a political/social statement. it's wonderful that you just take the person as they are and share what you see. i suppose this is a spin-off from what you said in the post before.

    also, i love the pashmina on her bag.

  207. AngelaM

    December 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I'm French and here, in France, there is a debate to make a law in order to forbidden the "burqa". Even if I don't like it for personal reasons, I think it's juste insane to want to legislate about that, we have to respect any part, any conception of religions.
    So, this picture is just amazing! I want to print it and cover all the french streets with it!
    Thank you!

  208. Plus Size Bride

    December 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Love the bag and scarf!

  209. Ellie

    December 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Her orange bag is devine. She looks genuinely happy!

  210. The Bloke

    December 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Absolutely beautiful.
    The colour and contrast is dramatic.

  211. LuLu W-L.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Stunning. Love the composition. Just goes to show how lovely women in the hijab can look.

  212. Yayemarie

    December 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Mash'Allah she looks gorgeous..thanks for representing people of various faith in all their "fierceness" love it:)

  213. jasmien

    December 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Wauw i absolutly love it, the colors the balance. Once again an amazing shot.

  214. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    just wonderful

  215. Yolanda

    December 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    My favorite saffron-y colors! She looks beautiful. Spectacular photo. Sart, you rock my world!

  216. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hijab chic – cool!

  217. Eli

    December 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    This is awesome, amazing blend of now with tradition…great smile

  218. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I love the colors! The burnt orange looks spectacular against the black.

  219. Hannah

    December 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I love this.

  220. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm


  221. The Photodiarist

    December 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I LOVE THIS PHOTO. What wonderful contrasts! And the scarf around her purse is ingenious. Best part, though, is her totally engaging smile.

  222. Emma

    December 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    So beautiful!

  223. alison

    December 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I'm always amazed at the beauty behind the head scarves – the women are supposed to be covered for modesty, but it just makes beautiful faces stand out even stronger!

  224. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    This is lovely.

  225. Klever Girl

    December 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    These colours make me want to speak of sunshine on a gloomy day. Adore!

  226. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    wow, she is beautiful! she knows who she is!

  227. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Just lovely. She looks perfectly comfortable in her robe and is obviously quite happy to jazz it up with a few edgy accessories. It reminds me what girls who wear school uniforms do.
    Power to the people instead of, well, the powers that be.


  228. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    This is beautiful

  229. MangoRose

    December 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Beautiful image, fantastic accessorising down to the shoes.

    What a beautiful woman!

    Thanks Sart for keepin' it real.

    More, please.

  230. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm


  231. thefashionphony

    December 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    The beautiful combination of colors reminds me of a desert sun.

  232. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    i think the contrast of the colors is amazing. i love how her earrings peak out from her head scarf.

  233. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful! I love how she's mixed fashion in with tradition.

  234. Penny

    December 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Ooh that orange colour is perfect for her! Is that a silver ring on her right hand?

  235. Liona

    December 15, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Love the colourful hijab. Really compliments her skin. She looks so happy and glowing too

  236. carolina

    December 15, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    wow. she's stunning. i love the colors, the mixture, the textures, and above all, that she is being true to her beliefs…

  237. AnastasiaC

    December 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    i love it!! she's gorgeous …

  238. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Stunning — I'm obsessed with those topaz/butternut/rust/ochre hues!

  239. wanting

    December 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    yay for melbourne! she's so cute. i love the bag and the scarf.

  240. sanand

    December 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    she's absolutely beautiful. the epitome of modern islam and islamic feminism. this is the only photograph on this site that i have seen thus far, that acknowledges fashion of a non-hegemonic/westernized discourse, although she is in australia, this is a reality for many of us immigrants/children/grandchildren of the "other world"..

    thank you.

  241. Luke

    December 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Excellent colors

  242. Menelik

    December 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Represent! As a fellow Christian, I'm content to see a beautiful woman of Islam on the fashion. Simple and elegant, or rather, simply elegant? The earings not only comliment, but complete her outfit. Well done.

  243. hispanic muslimah

    December 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Eye catching contrast of the burnt orange color and black jilbab!
    MashaAllah, represent!!

  244. Dr M.

    December 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Beautiful! Just shows that a woman can accessorise regardless of her uniform.

    Fabulous photo, Scott.

  245. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm


  246. MeganRose

    December 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    absolutely stunning! I love the little pop of gold peeking out at the bottom!!!

  247. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm


  248. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    She looks beautiful. Very nice combination of east and west.

  249. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Great colors. Lovin' the scarf-drape over the purse.

  250. Lisa Petrarca

    December 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    She's beautiful and so happy. It's nice to see how people are able to be fashionable even in restrictive clothing. Love the splash of fall colors.

  251. Cristina

    December 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    She looks fabulous.

  252. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm


  253. Stephanie

    December 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    She's very beautiful, great smile! I love the scarf around the bag. Great Picture!

  254. -h

    December 15, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    o wow! so beautiful. the way the scarf is wrapped around the bag is especially a nice detail.

  255. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Beatiful BEAUTIFUL shot. The colours and and the detail of the scarf wrapped around the bag is just incredible.

  256. Jem

    December 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    i love how this women looks stylish, she just radiates confidence. i expecially love how her head scarf adds a lovely pop of colour to the outfit, such a wonderful shade of yellow. i think photograph may be one of my faveourites, she is not your "typical" subjects, yet she still shows anyone can be fashionable.

  257. Farah

    December 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    What a wonderful shot! As a muslim and a hugeee fan your blog I really appreciate to put a muslim on your blog. You show that not only you are an awesome photographer with great taste, it also shows that you are beautiful on the inside.
    God bless you my friend!

  258. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    This is so beautiful. There's something so elegant in the way she drapes her scarf and matches color. She's utterly radiant.

  259. SusieQ25

    December 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    This is the most stylish Muslim female I have ever seen. Absolutely glowing!

  260. Carl Harris

    December 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm


    Dresing modestly doesn't mean dressing dowdy.

  261. dbbg

    December 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    i love this!

  262. SusieQ25

    December 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    This is the most stylish Muslim female I have ever seen – absolutely glowing!

  263. Shayela

    December 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Amazing. thank you for representing a different culture! especially one that isn't often mentioned in fashion, considering how restrictive Islam can be when it comes to clothes (I know from experience with my family).

  264. Kristen

    December 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    this is maybe one of the most beautiful women i've ever seen.

  265. KOMAL...

    December 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I've never been the first to comment a post on this blog…and I have to wonder what the reason behind this picture getting such little attention is…I hope it isn't what I think it is. But this is beautiful all the same.


  266. Sunshinemom

    December 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I didn't know bags could be dressed:). She has a great smile!

  267. ZFromDaGalaxy

    December 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I love that Muslim clothes now consist of some more colors ) I would like to see their light blue clothes with this fowerish "symbols" on the material )

  268. Zero

    December 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    So brilliant, she is the culture lady.

  269. Deniz

    December 15, 2009 at 7:05 pm


  270. Mareile

    December 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    this is truely lived style. great colours, contrast!!!

  271. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    this is more like it :)

  272. rickshawdiaries

    December 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for showing that a hijabi can be stylin' too! Love her outfit, smile & the colors!

  273. Grace

    December 15, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Such elegant shapes and beautiful colours. Her sense of style shows that you can bring individuality into any look. She also proves that accessories are king!


  274. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Scott! I love this picture but PLEASE tell me you didn't repeat the mistake of just going to Chapel Street/South Suburbs?

    That's like keeping a style blog of the US and only going to Orange County.

    I'm worried you may be trying to find the things you liked about Sydney fashion in Melbourne. We don't have a beach culture here. We are not all tanned and athletic. The southern suburbs may have more of that body beautiful feel you seem to be searching for in Australia, but Melbourne as a whole is darker, more establishment, less flashy and oriented to bars, restaurants and band rooms rather than clubs, beaches and tanning studios.

  275. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm


  276. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Wow i love her style! i'm a muslim and i think she looks great, everything is simple and elegent :)

  277. Dancing Branflake

    December 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I love this. Her beauty and the colors around her are perfect.

  278. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    lovely smile, and liking the bag too. nice colours!

  279. Frances

    December 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Gorgeous! Radiant!

  280. Jullie Alonso

    December 15, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    gorgeous scarf!!!!

  281. Heather

    December 15, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    stunning. beautiful.

  282. susanna

    December 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Yay! for something that feels different on this blog.

    Lately I've felt like what I've been seeing is a bit too familiar – though that might be a reflection of Scott's eye. Just like when I look at my wardrobe, it's all picked with the same eye.

    If you're still in Melbourne Scott (my home town), consider going to Flemington or Footscray. The 'Islamababes' are wonderful inspiration.

  283. fashion tadpole

    December 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

  284. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    These clothes dont even do your wicked style justice!!!
    Simply Gorgeous!


    December 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    i love how she mixes the tone of her colors and textures.

    i've lived in riyadh for 12 years,and reminiscing back then, most women just had to wear all black when going out.but before i left i recently found out that more and more places designated only for women,families,and children.they are allowed to take those abayas off,and express their styles.

    its nice to know muslim situated in other countries aren't opressing women as much as in the middle east.

  286. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    just as a woman can look beauitful/sexy/comnfident in a mini and tailored shirt, it also applies for one that is covered in traditional and flowey attire. this picture is wonderful, im glad there is alot more diversity in this blog which i have grown to love over the years.

    sarah c

  287. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    This is soo beautiful!
    You are one of a kind.
    It just goes to show that no matter the parameters, one can be creative and express themselves.

  288. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    So glad to see those muslim outfit used in a fashion way and not in a "wouh i'm a ghost" way. Would like to see more of these in the streets here in France and over the world in fact!
    Express yourself!
    Beautiful pic, you rip!!

  289. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    The saturation and continuity of color is superb! Well done.


  290. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    The saturation and continuity of color is superb! Well done.


  291. valesparza

    December 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I'm always amazed at stylish Muslim women's headdress!


  292. sweet.hereafter

    December 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    What fabulous colors! Absolutely striking. And the best accessory, that smile.

  293. Silvia

    December 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Really simple, real chic!


  294. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    beautiful, truly.

  295. Kayna

    December 15, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    The orange is the perfect one to go with the black!

  296. Connie

    December 15, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    This is truly a beautiful image. She looks completely effortless and proves that true style does not come from wearing designer clothes and followiing trends. Thank you for posting this.

    The Heartbreak

  297. Sara in America

    December 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    what a babe. nice colours too.

  298. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Love the girl and the clothing. I notice how she's draped in a scarf and so is her bag….

  299. Vinda Sonata

    December 15, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    isn't she a very elegant woman? i adore both colors in her outfit. both are very classic and cultured!


  300. Jacob B.

    December 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    The black frames the yellow in such a beautiful striking way! The earrings and the vividness add personality to her look!

  301. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Brilliant Scott…just brilliant!!!!

  302. megustalomejor

    December 15, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Great colors! Great style!

  303. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    she just radiates light.

    beautiful scarf and bag.

  304. Tasneem

    December 15, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    What an earthy blend of sass, style and warmth. Takes stunning to new heights.

  305. Mrs

    December 15, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    What a great photo. It is nice to see a nonwestern take on street style! Thank you, Sartorialist!

  306. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    How wonderful to see someone like her on your site. She shows that you can be beautiful and stylish and full of life and color and follow whatever your faith is. I love it!

  307. Edgar C

    December 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Chelsea said…


  308. Premee

    December 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I agree with whoever said the scarf on the bag is awesome…it is both awesome fashion, and totally practical! This way she won't get up from a cafe/train seat/ whatever and leave her scarf. I am totally going to start doing that with my purse and scarf. Thanks for the inspiration, Scott! (And her smile is perfect!)

  309. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Absolutely love this photo, Sart! Thank you for posting this- it's wonderful to see a positive image of a Muslim woman out there!

  310. Ave

    December 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    What a refreshing difference!

  311. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Gorgeous! She does not look "repressed" just because she is covering her hair *shocking*. ;) Good to see that you can be a Muslim woman and be fashion forward too.

  312. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    You've snapped the sexiest and most stylish hijabi in melbourne! Sart – you live up to your reputation


    December 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    This is beyond inspiring.

  314. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    beautiful. her smile is so natural and just beautiful.

  315. Darcy H

    December 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Um, no. Nice smile, but I gotta say "not".

    BTW——is mine really the only less-than-positive comment? I mean, it's possible, but I'm starting to wonder what kind of fashion discourse to expect here. Is this the ‘no complaints’ section of this blog or are the comments filtered, sprinkled with sweet candy?

  316. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    beautiful- love the ring! And the tighter sleeves on her abaya.

  317. Nancy Magoo

    December 15, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    She looks radiant. Glad to see you skipped past the orange fake girls on Chapel St.


  318. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Stunning and joyful…love it!

  319. Michelle

    December 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    So stunning and joyful. Love it!

  320. Fashions By Lozano

    December 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    love it!!

  321. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Is touching!!!she is lovely,and beautiful smile,and she has style,but you are just wonderful showing all womans without prejudice!

  322. Kate

    December 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    who is her bag by? lovelovelove

  323. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Can't wait to see more Melbourne shots! These photos are spectacular.

    It's really interesting to see your own city through the eyes of a foreigner. I live just around the corner from here.

    I'm quite sad I didn't make it out to the book-signing on Thursday. I got too caught up at work. I really do love your work, Sart. Honour to have you in Melbourne!

  324. beths

    December 15, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Love the shapes–head scarf,robe, bag with scarf. And then the accessories–manicure, rings, shoes. Others remarked on the important colors. This is lovely against the background (cement, blue-green vertical). So refreshing a shot!

  325. Halgan A.

    December 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    This is such a lovely picture portraying that muslim women are beautiful, just they way they are and how they dress!

  326. Scaliper

    December 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    this blog out does itself every day not just by the fashion but also by the diverse range of fashion it covers

  327. Callie Grayson

    December 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    stunningly beautiful!

  328. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    absolutely GORGEOUS!
    love it!!

  329. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    stunning! she's so ancient goddess.


  330. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    thats too pretty

  331. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    As a Muslim hijabi I am absolutely in LOVE with this photo. She represents the beauty in Islam and proves that you you can be modest and still look amazing.This woman is beautiful and the colors are gorgeous.

  332. Joy in Los Angeles

    December 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Beautiful! Love her smile and the colors of her outfit.

  333. The Urban Detective

    December 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    She looks so…joyful. I love it!

    But there is an irony in a fashion blog featuring an outfit originally designed to deflect an objectifying gaze.

  334. hyc

    December 15, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    she is absolutely gorgeous!
    so elegant :) such joy in her smile!

  335. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Lovely and elegant. The gold toned sandals really put the finishing touch on this outfit. With its long narrow sleeves, narrower top and fuller floor length skirt, the abaya really looks more like a simple yet elegant gown instead of just a cover-up.

  336. fod

    December 15, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    breathtakingly beautiful. her smile is priceless!

  337. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Sometimes the only thing you notice is the smile…

  338. Holly

    December 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    She has wonderful style!!! She definitely knows how to show who she is and is an expert in achieving it!

  339. H-ill

    December 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Lovely, I like how her shoes are peeking out

  340. Khalid

    December 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Judging by the comments here, people seem very unfamliar with the great variation in Muslim women's dress from country to country, within the parameters of the religious requirement. For more, see:


    and Sartorialist-inspired Hijabs High:

  341. Laura

    December 15, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    My favorite image yet.

  342. Roberrrto

    December 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    she is the sun in this picture.

  343. Eleanor

    December 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    So good to see Australian Style being given a look on the world stage, she looks amazing.

  344. pRiyA

    December 15, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    WOW! Utterly eye catching and beautiful, the gorgeous woman, her vibrant smile and her striking clothes.

  345. Anonymous

    December 15, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Great picture But Id take dressing freely over having to get "creative" with headscarf colors and backpacks any day.

  346. Ed Hardy Lady Long Steeve

    December 15, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Awesome. I love this, your article so interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  347. Couture

    December 16, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I've said this before, you should come to Dubai!

  348. Nickname unavailable

    December 16, 2009 at 12:15 am


  349. Michael Simon / K L B O

    December 16, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Beautiful. I love her smile. And the scarf around the bag, is really cool.

  350. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 12:58 am

    A few people are commenting about how islamic women are oppressed because of the modest clothes/hijab. I just want to put out there that I think its more of a 'refrain from vanity' thing, as islamic men grow their beards for this reason too.

    Also want to point out that in western culture, (in my western girl opinion) 'sexy' gets confused with 'skin.' I think its quite simple to see, and this photo shows it perfectly – that sexy (or style) has nothing to do with showing skin (or fashion)! Its all in the attitude and confidence.

    She's gorgeous, this is my favourite photo on this blog.

  351. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 12:58 am

    This reminds me of my years in private school. The dress code was very strict but there were always ways to personalize our uniforms.

    I love this young woman's style.

    She looks so elegant and her accessories really stand out against the black.

  352. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 1:33 am

    its really a nice and an extra ordinary job….. I appreciate this type of postings Latest Fashion Updates

  353. ayurvedic treatment

    December 16, 2009 at 2:00 am

    waoo… beautiful its really very beautiful thanks for sharing this picture with us.

  354. Sara

    December 16, 2009 at 2:05 am

    She is absolutely beautiful.
    Your last few pictures have made me want to go to Australia so badly…I love the joyful attitude I see in these people you've photographed. None of them seem to take themselves too seriously and I think that is such an appealing accessory.

  355. Plumcake

    December 16, 2009 at 2:18 am

    probably my favorite shot you've ever posted. Wonderful.

  356. princess glee

    December 16, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Sincerely, sexy has been over-rated for far too long. She's radiant and that probably makes her way more desirable.
    Lovin' the jewelry and nail polish. The scarf over the bag, who would've thunk of such a thing? Original. Lovely.

  357. febe

    December 16, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Am left speechless!! What a fantastic shot of such a beautiful woman in the most unlikliest setup like The Sartorialist. One of your most iconic shots ever! Well done!

  358. Maria

    December 16, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Absolutely wonderful. Her smile, the colours of the scarf, the scarf wrapped around the bag, the earrings… very refreshing, This is the ultimate example that style in fact hasn't have anything to do with fashion.

  359. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Great clean look.. demonstrating how such a simple outfit can produce great result!

  360. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:16 am

    She is STUNNING. Her scarf makes her beautiful. I love confident Muslim women.

  361. Ashley

    December 16, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. That mustard yellow looks fab.

  362. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:18 am

    There is a film being made about a young Muslim man and his friends and family- check it out! It is in production, but has many examples of great Islamic fashion!


  363. Anna

    December 16, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Lucky girls, she can wear yellow. Never met someone who could really wear yellow (:

  364. Daphne

    December 16, 2009 at 3:32 am

    She looks like a beautiful nomad in the city. Those colours are so warm, just like her appearance. Love the scarf indeed!



  365. iida

    December 16, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Inspiring! The colours are divine.

  366. Rose.

    December 16, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Very Beautiful photo and, once again, the proof that The Sartorialist is more than a fashion blog…
    Thank you Monsieur for your humanism and generosity !

  367. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I´m really looking forward to seing your images after a trip to India or Egipt…it should be interesting to see what your eye captures in other non-western cultures

  368. F.

    December 16, 2009 at 4:15 am

    this is a total Oh-My-God.


  369. Loretta von Duenkelstein

    December 16, 2009 at 4:21 am

    This is a political statement through fashion! Great job!

  370. Leah

    December 16, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Joyous. Colour, texture, line, balance…well considered and perfectly executed!

    I love that you've managed to capture the extraordinary diversity of Australian style.

  371. Moscarama

    December 16, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Stunning. Elegant, classy…

    She found the way to be fashionable and creative even with the clothes she has to wear because of her religion. She is expressing herself with the details (red nails, cocktail ring, long earrings, scarf, golden shoes…), proving that even with the hijab one can be modern and chic.

  372. CiscaKid

    December 16, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I'm so happy you selected this shot- it's just so indicative of the Australia of now re our multiculturalism. I'm always in awe of Islamic fashion here- it may be typically seen as restrictive to Westerners but in its subtleties it exudes such creativity and style. I mean look at the way she has tied the wrap around her backpack!

  373. F.

    December 16, 2009 at 4:49 am

    It's great to see a lady in hijab on this blog.
    She is truly stunning.

  374. jkh

    December 16, 2009 at 4:52 am

    love love love

  375. BoogieMonsterMan ^____^

    December 16, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Long-time Muslim fan here and i'm glad to see one of "us" being shown so beautifully here too. Thank you, and thanks to all those who appreciated it as well :]

    Beautiful photograph and her fashion sense is very graceful!

  376. VerSacrum

    December 16, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Oh how beautiful! Thank you so much for this shot.

  377. goOodmorning

    December 16, 2009 at 5:18 am

    This is beauty, piece and true..

  378. Thug Queen

    December 16, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Great picture- perfect timing- cause i´m really tired of the media in europe- showing islam as if its something dangerous…your picture is just soooo pure- showing people how they are- without any negative sign!
    the atheist

  379. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 5:44 am

    wow…she'so chic. love the colours. love the way she matched things up. plus that nice smile…

  380. sepintar

    December 16, 2009 at 5:55 am

    good job!!beautiful design !!


  381. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Sartorial Haiku #753

    Bright headscarf
    But your best feature
    is your smile

  382. pixie

    December 16, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Someone asked if they coordinate the colors intentionally, yes of course she did. Many of the muslim women I have seen have a glorious collection of head scarves and accessories.

    This radiant woman clearly has drawn in everyone. I too love the colors, they are so attractive but more then that I love her face: her smile, her eyebrows, eyes, teeth. She is just refreshing.

    She clearly shows that looking attractive and feminine has nothing to do with how much skin you show.. its about attitude and your own personal style. And she certainly has a lot of that.

  383. Sabine

    December 16, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful combination of shades and shapes. What irritates me is the nearly naked American Apparel girl next to her (I don't mind nakedness, but this is just such a clash).

  384. The Bou

    December 16, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Amazing pic Sartorialist!!!! Nice to see that fashion isn't only a Balmain jacket & skinny jeans…

  385. Ada

    December 16, 2009 at 7:14 am

    This is something we haven't seen before – beautiful! Love the slight touch the earrings give to the outfit

  386. Eliades Ochoa

    December 16, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Hope she wouldn't have problems because of this photo. I mean, she's muslim

  387. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 7:27 am

    That's such a perfect picture to show at this moment!! Loove it!

  388. San

    December 16, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Simply amazing.

  389. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 8:23 am

    By far this is one of your best photos, in my opinion. You made history, Scott!

  390. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Best one yet: stunning and doing something positive for inter/cross/multiculti understanding. I APPROVE!

  391. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

    She is simply gorgeous and the multicolored scarf tied around the bag is really splended. Her ability to accessorize is astounding. Her resplendid demeanor contradicts completely the Western stereotype of women in veils and I hope to see many more confidently beautiful women like her featured in the blog.

  392. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 8:56 am

    She's gorgeous.

  393. Suze

    December 16, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Wow, this is great…it's nice to see something different for a change. I love hear earrings, the scarf around her bag, and the overall color palette. And a smile is always necessary!

  394. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 9:04 am

    What a lovely smile and striking outfit!!!


    December 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I agree with Galsandan's comment, totally original and global.

    The Fashionart Blog,
    MAISON CHAPLIN.blogspot.com

  396. Maria José

    December 16, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I love orange. It looks Hermés.
    By the way, I read a post in a famous Spanish blog of you are going to design a collection! it's amazing! I will buy your clothes haha

  397. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 9:33 am

    what a statement! just stunning, elegant and lovely…

  398. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 9:46 am

    What a beautiful, joyous, fashionable lady!!!!!!!

  399. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 9:52 am

    the colours are stunning, and the colours makes her shien even more.

  400. AnonymousJK

    December 16, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Nice way to jazz up black!

  401. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

    can not stop looking at this in wonder.

  402. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 10:12 am

    stunning colours, and the colours makes her shine even more.

  403. Mcfeeny

    December 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Honest and gorgeous..

  404. Mariana Busch

    December 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I have to say, that photo is one of my favorites in the blog. There so much true in her smile.

  405. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 10:22 am

    What a beautiful lady and the beauty is in her smile :)
    I really like the outfit but true beauty comes from inside and she is so natural..
    LOVELY :)

  406. Patricia

    December 16, 2009 at 10:47 am

    This is amazing! She is fully covered and she actually looks so sexy.

  407. Angeles Almuna Design

    December 16, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Fabulous colors!!!!! Excellent photo and she is STUNNING!!!!

  408. Hamda Issa-Salwe

    December 16, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I love this post!

    It's so wonderful that you're showing the readers that us Muslim girls can be trendy in our own modest way.

    I adore earthy yellow tones over her black abaya. The girl is simply stunning.

    I'm so proud!

  409. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I have to say its the tiny details that dont do it for me. Her smile is infectious and I'm digging the colour pop but the shoes,nail colour and earrings dont appeal to my aesthetic.Scarf on bag is pretty original and funky idea but wonder at the practicality of frequently going to your bag and having to wrestle a ex-large scarfsnake to get into it?Knowing my luck I would lose my scarf off my bag in 5 mins. She is lovely, regardless of my nitpicking!

  410. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Gorgeous! I'm a teacher in Bahrain, and some of my girls are downright HOT in their abayas and hijab. Not a day goes by where I'm not totally stunned by their radiance and confidence. Great pic!

  411. jen!

    December 16, 2009 at 11:26 am

    how surprisingly lovely and stylish.

  412. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 11:27 am

    i LOVE the fact this picture has attracted the most comments. she is stunning

  413. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Isn't she lovely …

  414. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 11:39 am


  415. Lina

    December 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Seriously this is one of the most amazing shots you ever did. I´m completely blown away

  416. Jonathan

    December 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Beautiful photograph, terrific smile and colours. Wonderful comments.

  417. hi-d

    December 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Wow…stunning! Love the brilliant contrast between the orange shades and the black! NICE!

  418. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    wow could you even get more comments!

    there is a blog – inspired by the sartorialist –


    those people who have been commenting about the 'restrictiveness' and uniform/ strict and oppressive nature of hijab as something this girl has transcended by adding accessories – you should definitely check this out – for many women – its is none of those words but the way they LOVE to dress and are proud of dressing

  419. Silje K

    December 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Love what she did with her scarf around the bag!

    xoxo//Silje K – http://bysiljek.blogspot.com

  420. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    A beautiful picture that reflects freedom of expression.

  421. MissB2U

    December 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    This is a gorgeous photo! I love the scarf on the bag…the colors go nicely in contrast to the bg

  422. Hadley Gets Crafty

    December 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Oh, beautiful!

  423. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Honestly one of the best street style pictures ever, and of course I'm hardly being original in saying this but she looks stunning.

  424. mandymoonlight

    December 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I love the effect the vibrant bag and scarf have with the plain black outfit

  425. Zh.

    December 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    so absolutely fantastic! what a way to bring around hijabi culture :D

  426. Erin

    December 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    beautiful! one of my favorite pictures you've ever taken; I was actually thinking recently about how it must be really difficult for a really stylish woman to wear a hijab or even keep her head covered all the time. I stand very happily corrected!

  427. Amber

    December 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm


  428. Beverly Bohan

    December 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    She is absolutely radiant.

  429. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Can't wait to try wrapping my scarf around my YSL briefcase! (Writing from LA here, where we don't get too many opportunities to actually wear a scarf…)

  430. sars

    December 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    very approchable look

  431. Danilo

    December 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Amazing… Beatiful… wonderful.

  432. Hana

    December 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I like her, she's a very stunning & modern muslim younglady.
    Lovely smile,

  433. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    What a great shot..love the orange. Thanks for including this :)

  434. Hydi

    December 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    She just looks so stylish with all these tastefull colors and so happy! Nice pic.

  435. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I love it!!

  436. Jana

    December 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    What a fantastic photo! It's such a breath of fresh air to finally see a woman in hijab featured on this blog. As the editor of Hijab Style, the UK's first style guide for Muslim women, it's frustrating to see the almost-total absence of Muslim women in fashion media, even though many have a fantastic sense of style. That is partly why I created my blog, to provide a space for women with perhaps less than conventional fashion tastes!

    Thank you again for featuring this photo.

  437. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    ooh i'd love to see what those earrings look like close up

  438. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I'm grinning from ear-to-ear, now, too!
    A real sartorial achievement for this lady.

  439. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    i hope she reads these comments… i'm sure it would make her day… week… month… year!

  440. C

    December 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Nice to see a muslim woman featured. Her outfit makes me want to rethink the whole avoid a black jilbab look; she's really made it work and well!

  441. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 2:50 pm


  442. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Very Beautiful! Thank you for posting this.

  443. Lindsey

    December 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    as everyone has already said, this is gorgeous. I love what she has been able to do with her outfit while still adhering to her faith. the accessories and the gold shoes and the color around her face really make her glow!

  444. Comp

    December 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for this photo.

  445. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm


  446. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    This morning on my walk to work I witnessed a young guy, probably fourteen or fifteen, utter a terrible slur at a woman wearing hijab. She was visibly horrified and humiliated, and it was upsetting for everyone around her. A few people hurled some slurs of a different kind back at him, which only seemed to fuel the suddenly tense and distressing atmosphere of the morning sidewalk. Seeing this picture on your blog a few hours later brings tears to my eyes. You have celebrated a woman who has chosen this expression of herself in a breathtaking way. Your photo is the opposite of the scene on the sidewalk—full of admiration and joy, instead of hatred and horror.

  447. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    beautiful camel-like colors

  448. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! (photo and the woman)
    I love how she successfully breaks the stereotype of a hijabi…
    great style

  449. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for posting. This is my first comment on your site. This picture really captured my attention – the style, the confidence, the smile. Let's celebrate diversity thru fashion!

  450. vala....

    December 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    very nice….love this photo…

  451. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful picture. This lady has great style!

  452. Kyrie Howard

    December 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    she's gorgeous.!!

  453. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    very beautiful

  454. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Mashallah, absolutely beautiful. Modesty and simplicty defined!

  455. grad student in NY

    December 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    thank you so much for featuring a beautiful young Muslim woman! It feels good to see someone "like me" on your site. :) And this girl has definitely got style and class.

  456. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    very classy and simple. not too keen on the colors though but she has done a beautiful job putting her look together. I am always seeing some (moslem) women that over do it with animal print and layers on layers of gawdiness or tons of print with glitter. But her look is just so innocent and refreshing. I think this is just another example how modest doesn't have to be ugly or all black.. and stylish or fashion doesnt always mean showing your "parts off". Also it is a reminder for those that don't know the Islamic code of dress that moslem women too can be fashionable. I had read so many silly comments… like don't they have to wear burqa?! Dont people understand ways of culture? I mean do you wear a kilt outside of scotland? (unless its fashionable to do so) dont think so. case in point. Many of the things women wear over seas is the culture.. not the religion. The religion compels one to dress modest but not to be extreme.. but the cultural ideas seem to have no boundaries.. i mean can you imagine being in scotland on a windy day?? Hello they dont wear knickers under there..

  457. nassy

    December 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    the bags is look funny, hahaha !

  458. Fredrik

    December 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    454 comments, that, my friends, is stunning.

  459. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    great photo!! you have captured beauty, modesty, innocence, and fashion all in one.. BRAVO! would love to see a more diverse in cultural photos and perhaps more photos of moslem women that dress differently.

  460. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    next with a burkha.
    With nice and enthusiastic comments.

  461. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    she looks amazing, confidant and really happy at the sam time.beautiful photo!

  462. yellowRose

    December 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    peace to all – I am amazed at the number and positive quality of comments for this photo – i read every single one. i must say i also had tears in my eyes when i saw this photo. it really touched my heart and even more especially reading 'anonymous's'' story above about his/her morning incident.

  463. Iraqia

    December 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    i have been a long time follower of your blog and i must say that it is refreshing to see someone on here that does not fit the mold of what people would normally call fashionable. But she looks stunning and i love the color of her hijab, keep up the good work!!

  464. A & Z

    December 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I'm living in France and there is a great debate on wearing headscarf at school. And I think that kind of picture give us the proof that headscarf is not against feminity.

  465. yellowRose

    December 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this comment which is so beautifully put by 'anonymous'

    ''… You have celebrated a woman who has chosen this expression of herself in a breathtaking way. Your photo is the opposite of the scene on the sidewalk—full of admiration and joy, instead of hatred and horror.''

  466. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm


  467. Lucy

    December 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I am impressed that 460 people have made comments (is this a record Sart?). She is so charismatic and also gorgeous from her gold shoes to her red fingernails!

  468. zeynep

    December 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    WOW ! 463 comments and counting. you'll hit a record number with this pic Mr Schuman =) which proves that hijabi women are always a hot topic.

    and you are my angel Schuman this came just on time as I was looking for outfit ideas for Berlin FilmFest where I'll be the only hijabi girl among the film crew.

  469. cococollage

    December 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    See this why I visit your site religiously, for moments like this! You caught her in a genuinely happy moment. Nothing can top that.

  470. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    wow! this is simply breathtaking. her accessories are just gorgeous but her smile is even more stunning! (:

    everything goes together perfectly!

  471. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Very elegant and simple photo. However- I feel like her individuality and unique style is not being expressed as much as it could have been.

  472. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Absolutely beautiful.

  473. Omar

    December 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you!

  474. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Gorgously beautiful and decent :) I love the head wrap, colours complement her well!
    hope to see more of this fashion . . .

  475. Amy

    December 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    elegance in its highest form

  476. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    How to dress up basic black? Accessories, accessories.

  477. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    lovely picture!

  478. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Tears of joy flowed from my eyes after seeing this picture and reading the warm comments. "Thank you" just isn't saying enough.

  479. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    It's really great to see some diversity on the blog – such a beautiful and stylish woman too!

  480. Montreal Street Views

    December 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Let me be the first to say……. :–)
    She is stunning, great style, great smile.
    Great reaction to a very nice pic.

  481. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    A perfect example that you don't have to flaunt skin to look beautiful. :)

  482. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    As a Muslim woman who dresses modestly but is always conscious of expressing myself in creative ways I always hoped to see a woman on here I could Identify with.

    On behalf of the Muslim women-who contrary to popular belief- are NOT oppressed I want to extend a sincere thank you for appreciating the beauty in our brand of modesty. It means so much.

  483. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    As Muslim, this is what we like about our women…

    It radiates the natural beauty of the face… as is exemplified by this beautiful lady…

  484. Deloress

    December 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you Sir :)
    We want more !
    [please ;)]

  485. christine

    December 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    mashaAllah she looks great! good to see that the sistas are being respresented in a positive and fashionable light. If you would like to see other modern modest clothing like this outfit, check out http://www.wasimah.com.au. Where Style Meets Modesty.

  486. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Scott you have brought tears to my eyes.Why?Peace!Keep your eyes looking just the way they are…..

  487. Sputnik18

    December 16, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Style on so many levels, I want to move to Melbourne, your Melbourne's series are spectacular…

  488. Natalia F

    December 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    she is SO elegant!

  489. Anonymous

    December 16, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    She is full of radiance. Her smile is lights up her whole image:)

  490. Natalia Sepulveda

    December 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Love it, amazingly beautiful women.

    Her smile is breathtaking.

  491. Craire

    December 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    This photo is wonderful, she manages to look sexy even though you can't see much skin at all. LOVE the bag

  492. Shahirah Elaiza

    December 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I'm so glad you featured her because she's a Muslim woman and she's clearly isn't oppressed as it's obvious she loves what she's wearing. Fashion isn't about how much flesh you can expose. It's about individuality and self-expression and Muslim women/hijabis just want to express their modesty.

  493. Raf

    December 17, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Looking at this makes me happy. Even her bag is has a smiley face on it (where the strap meets body of the purse)

  494. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I've never understood the Western derision of the hijab and abaya. They can be very chic, as this young woman shows us. It doesn't always have to be about skin.

  495. Lolitta

    December 17, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Ohhh, I love it! Love how she dressed up her bag…

    By the way, love your book!


  496. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Wow, shows that a woman can be stylish and show off her personality even when wearing a head scarf.

  497. K

    December 17, 2009 at 12:36 am

    gorgeous, i love the way she wears her hijab + i love the fact that you captured this picture because it shows beauty and faith hand in hand ( :

  498. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 12:38 am

    stunning and vibrant

  499. TimeThatYouWon

    December 17, 2009 at 1:08 am

    What a beautiful woman;
    I love the way the scarf's tied on the bag.

  500. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Thank you. This is an incredible photo :) I love her expression!! She is simply lovely, mashallah.

  501. Amelia

    December 17, 2009 at 1:46 am

  502. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Dear I say it's time for you to visit Rotterdam (Netherlands)! This city is full of young pretty muslim girls that dress on the sharp edge of their rules. Really fashion on its own terms.

  503. Kumiko Ide

    December 17, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Lovely! Simple and radiant.

  504. Beck

    December 17, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Fabulous look!
    Fabulous photo!
    Spectacular eyebrows!
    I'd love to see that ring up close –
    What beauty!

  505. Nikon digital cameras

    December 17, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Wow! Though she dress up very conservatively but she style herself fashionable. I like the color of her Veil. It matches the color of her bag. And her earrings are excellent accessories. She looks stunning.

  506. Philippine Real Estate

    December 17, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I so love what she did on her bag. She put a well matched colored scarf for her bag. The combination looks great!

  507. Philippine Real Estate

    December 17, 2009 at 4:13 am

    I so love what she did on her bag. She put a well matched colored scarf for her bag. The combination looks great!

  508. Dri_Mar

    December 17, 2009 at 4:22 am


  509. annie.yu

    December 17, 2009 at 5:04 am

    So Melbourne's style! So Sydney Road style as well! Miss the chance to see you in Melbourne….just heard that u are here!

  510. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:10 am

    There is a strong idea in this picture.
    All my compliment to Mr Sartorialist ;)-

  511. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Reaching out to your Muslim fans :D

  512. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:48 am


  513. Asi

    December 17, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Wow, great to see pics of women with hijaab. She looks simple but, with style! And a great smile!

  514. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:50 am

    First Muslim girl! So amazing!
    Thank you sooooo much for showing people we are stylish! I love what she is wearing! Thank you so much for this post! You're awesome!

  515. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:55 am


  516. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Please, please, please, please, please do more of this! It's so rare and unique. You see a million people dressed like each other in the name of fashion; It's not fashion.

    This is fashion.

  517. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Merci Monsieur Sartorialist..
    Merci mademoiselle for the beautiful smile (and outfit bien sûr)

  518. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 6:03 am

    That´s exactly what I like when it comes to clothing: pure coulours, minimalistic style of the main garment and carefully chosen, high quality accessories!
    Even if I will never ever understand the deeper sense behind the hijab-thing in these days (probably it´s not neccessary to do that), I have to say: She looks so happy and she´s really beautiful and elegant! Just adorable!!!

  519. Wholesale Dropshippers

    December 17, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Very nice and decent wear. Perfect matching and colors are much beautiful..

  520. Hamda Issa-Salwe

    December 17, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I just have to comment and say thank you again :D

    I'm so grateful for this photo and I love that there are already over 500 comments on this.

    It's just like seeing me up there. This is so inspiring because I want to make it in fashion soo bad but I always thought people would underestimate the effort that I put into my Hijaab and the brain behind it.

    Hijaab is a beautiful thing and you're helping us show that in a time when people see it as an ugly oppressive thing. Thank you so much. Scott Schuman, if you're reading this which I hope you are I just want you to know that you are amazing!

  521. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for featuring an extraordinary look… its a Wow factor.. love it!

  522. Charlotte K

    December 17, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Women in medieval times looked beautiful too, but they were still oppressed. I don't buy it.

  523. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 7:06 am


  524. Salucombo_Jr.

    December 17, 2009 at 7:10 am

    hummmmm, bonita, linda, beautiful…

  525. pearlescent

    December 17, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Dear Sartorialist,

    Thank you so much for such an amazing photograph! You not only managed to capture how she beautifully wears the hijab but also her happy soul that shines through! You've made so many people's day including mine :)
    I believe this is your second hijab photo :)

    It gets very tiring listening to all the views that are against the hijab, and this picture is the answer! A breath of hope that people can understand that it has nothing to do with oppression and everything to do with expression..
    She beautifully translated her modesty into something that's bright, elegant, and the best of all is that she wore it with such a radiant smile..

    Love her backpack and how she accessorized it with the scarf, her shoes look nice, and I'm dying to see a close-up of her hands, her rings look interesting..

    Thank you again!

    (I too think you might hit a record with this pic! 522 comments for now! Congrats! :D)

  526. Miya

    December 17, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Stunning and stylish Hijaabi : )

  527. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Photographs like this one educate as well as intrigue our artful eyes.

    Thank you.

  528. Elaine Tardem

    December 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Tudo está em harmônia. Os tons se completam, mesmo fortes, transpassam uma leveza impressionante. E o sorriso, contagiante. Acessórios na medida certa. Resumo: linda e chique!

  529. Ste

    December 17, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Love it!
    This yellow is so radiant…and her smile too.

  530. Style Scanner

    December 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

    The burnt oranges tone so beautifully.

  531. lendmeurear

    December 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Wow she has a great sense of style. Amazing!

  532. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful smile and earth colours. Wish she were free to wear other outfits. But she's not.

  533. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 11:23 am


  534. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Not too sure what's empowering about this….she is attractive though.

  535. Daughter of the Horn

    December 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

    It's great to see a Muslima on your blog. Thank you, Mr. Schuman. You've done great!

  536. polka dot

    December 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Just curious: is the most comments you've ever received in one post? ; )

    I'm with everyone else: this is perhaps my favourite shot. Living in London, I often see Muslim women with beautiful faces, beautifully accessorized, and want to shoot them for my blog. I once ran after a couple with my camera, who looked fearful at first, but when I explained what I wanted to do, he translated it to his girlfriend whose eyes lit up & she smiled.

    But then their bus arrived and it was too late to get the shot, we smiled and waved and went our separate ways.

    Iconic shot, Scott. And great composition with the muted red light and black on the right.

  537. dyana hanni

    December 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    my favourite amongst all :)

  538. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Okay, you just completely MADE my day with this photo. I feel like this blog was so moving away from the everyday fashionista to high fashion and YOU brought it back in a snap. THANK YOU SART!!!!!!!!!! LOVE HER.

  539. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Imagine how stylish she would be if she could wear whatever she wanted…

  540. Hazoon

    December 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    She looks so lovely… love her smile :)


  541. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Great shot. I love when your shots make me think beyond the clothes and the picture.

  542. cori

    December 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    love her!! so elegant! and hip and love the colors!

  543. Micha

    December 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    It's amaizing, is one of the most commented photos, and there is no flesh or miniskirt shown, the beaty that stunt us is the beauty that she projects.
    The happines is the most beautiful accesorie.

  544. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I love it!

  545. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Wow Scott! Def your best picture on the blog.

    This lady is indeed very elegant and comfortable in her own skin despite living in a culture where the notions of acceptable beauty challenge her modesty. I love the colours, I LOVE the simplicity and the spirit that radiates.

    I've been following you for years now and this is def my favourite picture of yours. Please more diversity from now!

    Plus, I also am very pleased with all the positivity radiating from the comments. Keep it Scott!

  546. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm


  547. sman

    December 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    LOL! now as well as following the updates on your blog – i'm also following the updates to comments on this photo!

    i would like to say in reply to what someone suggested – i think she IS wearing whatever she wants – doesn't look like she is being forced to wear anything she doesn't want to wear to me!

  548. dramaqueen

    December 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    One word: beautiful.

  549. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    she looks happy to been shooting for you.
    I haven´t seen this much comennts in your blog before.

  550. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    one of the most inspiring photographs I have ever seen


  551. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    what a dream women!

  552. Forever Ashbury.

    December 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    The colors are simply stunning.


  553. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    muslim style – 21st century

  554. kristin

    December 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm


  555. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Reminds me of a sport bike

  556. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    great colors – great attitude… thanks for featuring awesome muslim style! Modest and lovely…

  557. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    oppression with style!

  558. C.

    December 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Finally some Islamic fashion! There is a huge wonderful world of stylish Muslimahs out there! You should go to Senegal or Malaysia for inspiration!

  559. Hamda Issa-Salwe

    December 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Muslims can be stylish too :D Awesome post

  560. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I've been wanting to leave a comment on your blog for the longest time but I always forget.

    I've always enjoyed looking at pictures on The Sartorialist that are once in a while accompanied by your tart, sometimes wiry, but always fresh observations about your subject or why you took a certain photo.

    However, I really only became a fan of The Sartorialist after getting hold of a copy of your book! There were many insights in there that really reflected the mindset behind the photos you take and I love that. I love that you have an extremely egalitarian approach towards style and it becomes something that transcends so many boundaries- age, religion, cultures, countries, race, gender rather than an elistist ideal and I really respect that you find beauty in all subjects.

    You are always kind and gentle in capturing a person's aura and there is a great deal of humility that shines through. Its like a magical and soft light that is cast upon the subject of your camera's eye.

    Ive written a mini (fan-like) essay here! I hope you come to Singapore for a book signing someday!

    p/s: I love what you did for Art of the Trench as well- my absolute favourite picture is of "Hiroko in Paris". Such a lovely little girl!!!! It makes me laugh.

    Thank you

  561. Anonymous

    December 18, 2009 at 12:33 am

    I'm speechless. I absolutely love this photograph. Her smile just makes this shot so much more stunning and beautiful on so many levels. I would love to see more!

    Well done! You truly made my, and everyone else's, day. Thank-you

  562. Elizabeth

    December 18, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Stunning, Sart. Soooo proud of Melbourne. She's gorgeous.


  563. rehane

    December 18, 2009 at 3:55 am

    amazing! you surprised me again, I've already loved so many pictures 'out of fashion catwalk' like those of old men in NY & indian man with a strap… Anyway, you DO fashion!

  564. LB

    December 18, 2009 at 4:15 am

    I heard about this one and was momentarily distracted by Garance's photo!

    Awesome really. I think there is a lot more to this lady. There is something about her. A cheekiness. An honesty. A beautiful melee even? maybe?

    Even the red light maybe which caused traffic (and him) to stop?!

  565. Anonymous

    December 18, 2009 at 5:22 am

    What is it about this lady that earns so many comments? Can't put my finger on what is so special, but she most definitely is.

  566. Fashionhase

    December 18, 2009 at 5:26 am

    A radiant smile on your face will always be in style. She shines and the beautiful colours just support her beauty. Wonderful pic of a beautiful woman!

  567. Wholesale Dropshippers

    December 18, 2009 at 6:58 am

    hahaha I agree with your statement LB…A cheekiness. An honesty. A beautiful melee even? maybe?

    Nice one..

  568. Anonymous

    December 18, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Thank you sooooooooooo much Scott, this truly made my day! I'm a Muslim but I don't wear headscarf but one day i want to do that and this inspires me alot!!! When i take that step i want to still look chic and fabulous just like this lady right here. Thank you once again. Ps. It's fun when you show other cultures. Keep up the good work! :)

  569. hatun

    December 18, 2009 at 9:16 am

    omg, over 500 comments! this lady truly rocks! she is inspiring..

  570. Sabrina

    December 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Love all your photos, but I have a special affinity toward this one;) The smile on her face, and the sparkle in her eyes – radiant, genuine, brilliant. You really captured the moment. Bravo!

  571. Eunica

    December 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Absolutely love this picture. Orange against black is so stunning.

  572. Candice

    December 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Super outfit and such a gorgeous woman!

  573. OhSoMuslim

    December 18, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Simply Amazing!
    The colors are wonderful!

  574. Christa

    December 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Her smile is magnetizing.

    It would be interesting to research this: is there a correlation between smiles and comments?

  575. linda

    December 18, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Wouahhhh very nice picture! hello from france

  576. Anonymous

    December 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    simple yet regal. her beauty is shining through in her smile .

  577. an english reader

    December 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    this photo reminds me of Peter Sander's photography-
    ''the art of integration''- it's an amazing collection.


    - a great photo always has a great story, thanks for this one : )

  578. Anonymous

    December 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    A picture of oppression.

  579. Renee

    December 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Sart- have you ever had a picture elicit 500+ comments? This shot and the woman are stunning. You sure hit a nerve, struck a chord, whatever you want to call it. I keep coming back to this picture because it is so appealing. The genuine gratitude from several people who have commented is moving. On days when you wonder whether what you do matters, come back to this picture and these comments.

  580. Anonymous

    December 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Yes, the lady has a lovely smile.

    And the colors are beautiful.

    But let's get real, people. The fact is that if she decided to NOT wear that shroud tomorrow, she would be beaten and possibly killed.

    So…. she's great at accessorizing something she has no choice about wearing.

    Congrats, I guess.

    Diversity is a wonderful thing. So is freedom of choice.

  581. Oliviaa

    December 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I could say that I love the outfit, the colors, the wonderful silhouette this woman has–which I do–but mostly I just love the way that beautiful scarf is slightly trailing on the ground.

  582. Sari

    December 18, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    WOW, I love her sense of style!

    She's simply stunning, masha'Allah :)

  583. atchoo

    December 18, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    This is such amazing. You show the new point of view about women in hijab :)

  584. fashionedit

    December 19, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Brilliant! You captured a beautiful woman comfortable in her skin & clothing. The comments are testament to the beauty of this shot. P.S I am very fortunate that my friend stood in line to have my book signed for me (in Melb) Thank-you for hanging in there for hours!!

  585. me

    December 19, 2009 at 1:25 am

    I like the fact that she doesn't have to wear tight clothing or show a lot of skin to look beautiful.

  586. hijabi

    December 19, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Her smile & happiness speak volumes about her freedom & liberation from the oppression of exposing her body (which is usually imposed on women by men).

  587. Urooba

    December 19, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Love it!
    Thank you for this!

  588. Sohiny

    December 19, 2009 at 6:02 am

    love this! this is excellent stuff.

  589. Hawa

    December 19, 2009 at 7:41 am

    though i come from a muslim background, i am atheist and a hardcore feminist, this goes against all my ideals, i dont care how stylish it is!

  590. le pearl

    December 19, 2009 at 7:44 am

    She looks beautiful. I love Chapel st. The best street in Melbourne by far!

  591. Benio

    December 19, 2009 at 8:54 am

    It's wonderful to see how a hijab ~that allegedly casted those who observe it as being oppressed or incompetent in todays secular view of human right~ has enabled the true beauty of those who practice it to shine through ^^

    As in the case of the lady in the picture…only a person with inherent sense of style can smartly pull off that kind of look…Such graceful creature…subtle confidence and self-worth ^^

    Thank you and congratulations Sartorialist for capturing her beautifully!

  592. juju ariel

    December 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    cheers from cairo!

  593. Geraldine

    December 19, 2009 at 10:03 am

    i couldn't help commenting on this! it's so ethnic and yet so modern, classic and chic!

  594. Anonymous

    December 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

    LOVE LOVE love this picture…as another long time muslim hijab wearing reader of teh blog VERY excited to see this picture here, the girls got spirit! delicious colours!

  595. Anonymous

    December 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THIS!! I seen the picture in your book of the two hijabis in all white…but I didn't feel it really captured how stylish we can be! THIS DOES! And her smile…the colours ekk. Love. Totally might have to try my hijab this way…she makes it look so effortless.

    You are good sir, I appreciate the diversity shown on your blog =)

  596. Anonymous

    December 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I was in Melbourne earlier this fall (spring there) and passed the amazingly beautiful woman a number of times on the street—she is stunning.

  597. Lola-Elise

    December 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    She's beautiful. The earthy tones reflect her character well. Great shot.


  598. c.a

    December 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm


  599. YR

    December 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I wrote this to u in an email and after reading all the wonderful comments i want to share a part of my 'comment' with everyone-

    Dear Sartorialist –
    Everyday I check your blog and enjoy slices of life from different cities through your eyes.

    Sometimes I am inspired and sometimes I am suitably intrigued –

    Today I check your blog and I am overwhelmed.

    Dear Sartorialist – what I see is this wonderful figure, full of life and love, and I get tears in my eyes.

    For I see a reflection of myself on ‘The Sartorialist’ – a 'western' muslim woman (I am British, living in NYC) – happy and proud of who I am, a woman who loves beauty and style and color and who yearns for the world to know that my world isn't the drab ''black tent'' that one of you commentators mentions.

    I want to thank you for recognizing *me* in your world of style and beauty – because as you showed so well throughout your photographs beauty really does shine from somewhere within and shines through the eyes, the smile – it is not about perfection of features or the amount of cloth

    thank you

  600. Camillea

    December 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Confirmation that style is about wearing clothes – not wearing very little. A unique style inspiration!

  601. Anonymous

    December 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Its so encouraging to see that Muslim women are using their creative outlets to incorporate modesty and fashion. What an important message this photograph sends. You can be fashionable and beautiful, without showing all you've got in your kit!

    And its almost as she plays homage to Islam itself, with its beautiful art and beauty. Discounting how patriarchal interpretation had destroyed Islam's image.
    Bravo good woman, Bravo!

  602. Misbah

    December 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Wow, she is beautiful. You have truly captured the spirit of a Muslim woman in a non-Muslim country, that I and many other Muslim women, who cover just as she does, embody. Also, you've given me an idea for a new color of headscarf to try out. Thank you for the inspiration and for supplying me with a little more confidence in wearing my traditional attire!

  603. Clarissa

    December 19, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Yet again, you have perfectly captured joy, the reason why I follow this blog. Proof positive that it's the little touches that complete the outfit, and that true style comes from the individual wearing the clothes and not the clothes wearing the individual.

  604. Lovelace

    December 20, 2009 at 12:45 am

    She looks like a good Aussie chick

  605. Juno

    December 20, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Like others, I'm glad you found this woman's style unique and notable as it is quite different from your usual photos. I'm even happier that you found her in Melbourne. Now if only you'd wonder off to the Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia…..

  606. Aiena Zahira

    December 20, 2009 at 3:00 am

    i love how she puts her style forward without leaving her faith behind. i adore this lady!

  607. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 4:16 am

    can i just say to you scott that it is wonderful for a very successful person within the western fashion industry to finally appreciate the idea that wearing the hijab does not make you boring, or oppressed, but AN INSPIRATION, that one can cover all her skin yet look amazing! And you have captured this in a single shot, a perfect one! Thankyou so much and this one photo has now not only inspired me but many others to do what you do! its a work of art!

    Great big thanks from LONDON!

  608. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Oh my gosh, the most comments I have ever seen you get…. will I be number 600?

    Lovely photo, her spirit shines through, AMAZING!!!

  609. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 7:28 am

    moroccan women in general have a great sense of style!

  610. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Great Shot! Thank you…
    Please, more pictures of women in hijab… ;)

  611. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Stunning! Thanks!

  612. ichay

    December 20, 2009 at 9:01 am

    woooow i love it! a girl with the scarf <3
    and thanks to Sartorialist

  613. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 9:27 am

    stunning! She is such an inspiration. Thank you so much for posting.


  614. Adrian

    December 20, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Simply beautiful. Just proves that you don't have to show much skin and can be attractive and beautiful!

  615. Danielle

    December 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm


  616. asuka

    December 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    "evalyn said…Saying nothing about religions that require thier women to be un-seen – this woman is beautiful. That outfit would be chic and stylish anywhere for any occasion. Grace and Beauty are hers."

    i agree with evalyn.religion is not a barrier to even fashion…it's the only border to narrow-minded people..and those colors are pretty-ly defined..:D thanks for opening up..

  617. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    gorgeous colors and an equally stunning smile

  618. greendress

    December 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    @Anonymous 10:43

    "But let's get real, people. The fact is that if she decided to NOT wear that shroud tomorrow, she would be beaten and possibly killed."

    Sorry, but maybe you need to get real: not all women in western countries who wear the hijab or burkha are doing so for de facto reasons.

    I was a university student during the first Iraq war and it was shocking to see – over night- my Muslim and Arab peers go from wearing jeans and blouses to the hijab and burkha. They chose that route of showing solidarity with their kin.

  619. Wafa

    December 20, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    This is beautiful!!!!!

  620. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    she rocks the Islamic culture for woman!

  621. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    in love.


  622. Nadia LeDrew

    December 20, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    This is funny because when I opened these comments the first word I saw was the first word I thought of when I saw this woman…
    Confidence and happiness are the most stunning things anyone can wear.

  623. Kiwi

    December 21, 2009 at 12:24 am

    so SO happy to see a this!


  624. sman

    December 21, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Mr.Sartorialist… surely you have a comment to make on the sheer number of comments you got from this one?! ; )

  625. Deeds

    December 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

    gorgeous combination!! this picture stands out. enough said.

  626. Barbara

    December 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

    What a beautiful girl. Love the colours, too………

  627. Anonymous

    December 21, 2009 at 10:01 am

    so simple and so elegant!

  628. Anonymous

    December 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Undeniably stunning. This proves, in my view, that style comes within – it is an outward projection and not something that can simply be put on. These garments could easily have been sewn by this woman herself, but just look at the result! She would easily outshine and outclass someone without style and confidence who was wearing the most expensive clothes money could buy. Good for you for spotting this beautiful woman and look.

  629. Anonymous

    December 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm


  630. Anonymous

    December 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Apart from the fact that this lady has it all together stylewise, and the joy on her face, what grabs me about this photo is the composition of it. The woman in sharp focus against the misty grey ashphalt, the way her hands stand out against the black. A feast for the eyes. Thank you Mr Sartorialist.

  631. Reuben

    December 21, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I was going to applaud thesartorialist on featuring a stylish woman outside of western influence and I could not help that most of these comments are more revealing of the commentors' islamophobia. Take note all, fashion occurs in more worlds than just yours and maybe you understand it, exotify it or hate it but there's far more out there than we all realize and this picture is proof.

  632. Cee

    December 22, 2009 at 6:51 am


    Its so nice to see a veiled woman on your blog! More! Please!

  633. Mr Brown

    December 22, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Nice smile.

    In all honesty the bag and scarf are pretty mundane.

    There isn't a lot else to talk about.

    That's the purpose of a burhka.

    But yes. They often come with a great smile.

    The outpouring of emotion on this seems a little disingenuous. Almost a reaction to a presumption you know shouldn't be held.

  634. Keziah

    December 22, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Absolutely lovely – lifted my day

  635. Anonymous

    December 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    thank you!

  636. R. Fouda

    December 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I always like Black abayas, NO OTHER COLOUR, the colour just paraphrase all about Hijab, Simple Elegant Modest Sharp and Respectful, This girl just put all that, and added, A charming Natural Smile! I was just thinking a couple of days ago that i want to wear my abaya again( i wear suits or blazers mostly), I think I'll do that tommorow! thanks for the amazing pics!

  637. Anonymous

    December 23, 2009 at 5:05 am

    she makes my best dressed of the YEAR set! bravo! lady-like elegance is so under appreciated by the hollywood celebrity obsessed crowd.

  638. Jen

    December 23, 2009 at 5:10 am

    What a stunning photo. Thank you for visiting Melbourne and capturing the cultural diversity that makes our city so special.

  639. Jen

    December 23, 2009 at 5:18 am

    What an amazing photo. Thank you for visiting Melbourne and capturing the cultural diversity that makes our city so special.

  640. Fatty

    December 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Absolutely stunning! Would love to see more of this, keep up the great work!

  641. Anonymous

    December 23, 2009 at 11:40 am

    As a woman who dresses modestly and has worn hijab, I am in love with her grace and style.

  642. Ruby Mines

    December 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Wow. I love this. Great colors, the pashmina around the bag is so smart. The whole look is very sliming and elongating. I love the rings as well.

  643. Anonymous

    December 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Perfect in every way possible.

    She's Gorgeous, the shot is Brilliant … every detail captured makes one want to stare just little longer.

    Stunning work! I Love It!

    Please continue this trend!!

  644. Anonymous

    December 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    It's good to see that a diverse range of nationalities can be stylish and chic

  645. z a t i

    December 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    love it. the Sartorialist rawk.

  646. Anonymous

    December 24, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Oh wow, she is beautiful. I'm in awe. Great job.

  647. Anonymous

    December 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    this is could be the most sartorially and culturally important fashion photograph out there right now.

  648. Simo

    December 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    It's just beautiful

    Reeeeally beautiful to see her like that

    I mean the smile, style, every little details…



  649. isabela

    December 24, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    This picture is just magnificent. I would say a lot of compliments on the scarf around her bag, but her best accessory is her smile. She has such a wide and beautiful smile. My favorite pictures are the ones where people smile. It just tell all about them.

  650. Bo-Bo Gal

    December 25, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Not only is this image stylish, it is also extremely beautiful. The contrast of burnt orange against black and the repetition of the head scarf and the scarf tied around her backpack is just sublime.

  651. thisiswhatMARGAthinks

    December 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Lovely! Shows so much personality:)

  652. jenn

    December 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    beatiful colours! she looks so fresh and happy!


  653. Alchemist 7-2521

    December 25, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    The colours are so rich, Earthy, and her smile is wonderful. Great get, Sartorialist!

  654. Asim

    December 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    As others noted, this is one of your best photographs.

  655. Anonymous

    December 25, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I love her look so original and classy. But i think that the best is without doubt the smile. Thank you for such photo, simply fantastic ;)

  656. S

    December 25, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Simple, elegant and graceful. it shows that any woman can be creative regardless of her traditional/religious clothes.

  657. Ether

    December 26, 2009 at 6:47 am

    awesome pic!

    it's rare to see a muslimah (muslim woman) who styles her garment like this woman, and probably even more rare to find one willing to allow you to shoot her. you must be very charming, sir :)

    best in 2010!

  658. tita

    December 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

    she's just so gorgeous

  659. Anonymous

    December 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I have never seen so many comments left for one photo – amazing!

    Her style is also amazing – she has honored the customs of her society, but made it SO modern and stylish. Incredibly well done.

  660. Niki

    December 27, 2009 at 10:36 am


  661. liberrrtina

    December 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    omg. i'm impressed.
    that's really STUNNING. she's the best one, this month.

  662. Anonymous

    December 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    thank you for showing a beautiful, stylish, arab woman

  663. Hijabis On Ranting Tour.

    December 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Beautiful just like all the women across the globe :)

  664. Aria Ningsun

    December 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    What a vision.

  665. HNF

    December 28, 2009 at 7:49 pm


  666. Anonymous

    December 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I'm a Muslim woman who wears Hijab and this was such a pleasant surprise to see on your site.
    To answer some comments that I saw through here: yes, she's complying with Islamic attire perfectly–what more is that she's a perfect example that Islam DOES NOT oppress women. She's dressed modestly and and carries herself with respect, without having to lose her personality or the right to express herself–which is what the idea is all about. ♥

  667. Zahra

    December 29, 2009 at 1:27 am

    One of the beautiful attributes of the head scarf is that it allows the public to scrutinize and display true features of a Muslim woman such as her personality, warmth, and mind.
    I love that this photo seems to capture that. Her bright personal style and smile permeate off the image.

  668. madina

    December 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    This made my day. Beautiful woman, beautiful outfit, beautiful photo.

  669. madina

    December 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    This isn't a burqa—a burqa is when the entire body is covered, even the face. This is an abaya and a hijab.

  670. afterhardshipwillalwayscomeease

    December 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    It's so cool you put this pic up!

  671. Anonymous

    December 29, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Aside from the her beautiful style. I feel this picture is more then just about her oufit. When i look at this picture the first thing i notice is her smile, and how she excludeds confidence. This picture truly shows that its not too much about what you wear but how your wear it.

  672. dina

    December 30, 2009 at 5:48 am

    totally gorgeous. i love this!

  673. Maha

    December 30, 2009 at 7:16 am

    This is truly an amazing picture ! Thank you for your blog and this picture! It truly shows you that the best and most stylish accessory is a smile.

  674. Little Lovables

    December 30, 2009 at 10:14 am

    truly gorgeous!

  675. Anonymous

    December 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm



  676. Anonymous

    December 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    More beautiful pictures like this please? :)

  677. Anonymous

    December 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm


  678. Anonymous

    December 30, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    her ring is so cool! really pops out.

  679. Febri

    December 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    extremely beautiful


    December 30, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Very happy! she is stunning.

    Trop jolie, j'ai eu un coup de coeur ;-))

  681. Mars

    December 31, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Love this shot!

  682. Anonymous

    December 31, 2009 at 4:29 am

    beautiful, somthing cultural and different for once.

  683. Laveena

    January 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful…..breadth of fresh air

  684. Anonymous

    January 2, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Great colors and a beautiful smile!

  685. bonitaandjohnny

    January 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I think this women is really stunning. she brought us a really modern figure and style of muslim women. chic

  686. Allison Taylor

    January 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    stunning! Love the way the orange colors stand out against the black. Great bag and beautiful scarf. The long earrings look great as well.


  687. ADJ

    January 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    this is one of the most moving photographs i have ever seen. the modernity of the bag contrasting the black background of the dress is amazing. the punch of color around her face matches the joy in her eyes. i am in awe!

  688. ai

    January 3, 2010 at 6:41 am

    she looks amazing.

  689. Anonymous

    January 4, 2010 at 4:33 am

    At last! A woman with hijab on your blog! smashing! She looks radiant.

  690. yellowRose

    January 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

    @esther – it really is not such a 'rare sight' to see a stylish dressed muslim woman. http://www.hijabshigh.com/

    @ anonymous – please don't assume that every muslim woman is an arab – this lady could be of any number of nationalities – unless you know her and know for sure she has an arabic background.

  691. yellowRose

    January 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

    sorry i meant – *ether* not ester

  692. Tinna

    January 4, 2010 at 10:48 am


  693. Anonymous

    January 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    she is stunning. thank you for capturing this.

  694. julia

    January 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Amazing. Absolutely stunning.

  695. E and O

    January 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I am simply in awe of this photo. the color. the mood. the image itself. entrancing.

  696. Anonymous

    January 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    She's lovely.

  697. Megan

    January 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    the women of cairo really know how to work it. talk about color. let's see some of them!

  698. Anonymous

    January 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    This woman is gorgeous. I love everything about this outfit from the statement ring to the autumn colored scarf and bronze shoes. One of your best pics yet. Thank you.

  699. gianne

    January 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

    what's with all the comments about her dressing being restrictive? and all i see is a confident woman, comfortable in her own right. modesty is something so rare these days; it's really refreshing to see a person like her. don't oppress her into dressing into something less 'modest'!

  700. Ritoca

    January 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I love to visit your Blog and look at the beautiful pics you post here. But, this one is one of the best I ever saw here. Congratulations!

    Regards from Rio.

  701. Mr Brown

    January 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    702 comments and counting.

    I'm taken aback by what seems to be surprise.

    Burka or not a great smile is a great smile.

    That's why some burka's only have an eye slits.

    In which, great eyes are great eyes.

    Beauty and personality will always shines through.

  702. Anonymous

    January 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    i am amused 702 comments abt a picture….what a pumpkin

  703. Beth Ruby

    January 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Wonderful photo, this lady looks so happy I can't help but smile to myself as I look at the photograph.

  704. Kaveh

    January 7, 2010 at 1:24 am

    More than her elegance and sense of style it is her spirit and charm that captivate me. She is truly a beautiful spirit. Made my dat!

  705. Elsa

    January 7, 2010 at 4:09 am

    i really love her smile…
    her dress… her veil…
    everything bout her!!!
    everything is perfect.

  706. Hijau Lumut

    January 7, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I love this one!!
    She's so beautiful in her Hijab… ^^

  707. Anonymous

    January 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Wowza, over 700 comments!! Goes to show we love your pictures, especially the non typical "fashion" ones. Please some to Lagos, Nigeria!!

  708. Anonymous

    January 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

    a great smile and that wonderful color

  709. Chantal

    January 7, 2010 at 11:58 am

    How pretty!
    I love the colors she used, so perfect:)

  710. Hellwafashion

    January 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    This is a great photo, love it!. A lot of ladies who wear abaya's really know how to dress and grab attention with accessories.
    There's lots more women like this in the Middle East for you to come and shoot!

  711. Sally

    January 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    wooow amazing girl and colors!

  712. abed

    January 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    love her ! fashionably beautiful

  713. Anonymous

    January 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Over 700 comments and so many interesting and nice contributions. Dear Sartorialist, thanks God, your visitors are open- minded and respectful fashion victims :) LOVE and PEACE my fashionistas, Wa Salam

  714. Hellwafashion

    January 8, 2010 at 5:02 am

    I love it! there's lots of women in the Middle East who dress that well, please come over and take some pics!

  715. Anonymous

    January 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I Lovie it, ….

  716. Lu

    January 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Esta bellisima imagen rompe muchas barreras. Te felicito y envidio por encontrar a diario la Belleza y retratarla con objetividad y total ausencia de prejuicios.
    Un beso Latino desde Hamburg. :)

  717. Anonymous

    January 9, 2010 at 3:38 am

    amazing picture and amazing outfit
    it shows that being a committed muslim can look great while obeying GOD

  718. eliza

    January 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    She is soooo beautiful! And what an amazing picture!

    I'm all happy inside now!

  719. ratna wulandari

    January 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    i like this photo
    i like her style
    i like her hijab.

    all is perfect

  720. Anonymous

    January 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

    absolutely stunning…. the colours, the style and the confidence in her smile

  721. Anonymous

    January 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Looooooooooooooooooove it!!!

    Want more :)

  722. Wiam

    January 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Wow..Wow..WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! You dEfO need more pics like this in your blog please! Beautiful work mayn,i absoloutely love this,& reading all these comments just make me so happy,n so does her gorgous infectious smile ^_^..

    Love from the UK :-)

  723. Hijabi_Chick_Fashion8r

    January 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm


    More pics like this please ^_^

  724. Anonymous

    January 10, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Stunning and elegant. Bravo!

  725. Anonymous

    January 11, 2010 at 2:24 am

    aww..aww..awww..Just awesome!!
    Black & mustard <– perfect comb.

    Love the yellow mustard on the hijab, scarf, bag.. + the gold – ish earings & shoes that matches everything.

    *Beautiful smile

  726. Anonymous

    January 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm


  727. Diana

    January 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Her smile is brilliant!

  728. buttz102

    January 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    brilliant photo the styling is perfect

  729. Eden

    January 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    i love it..so creative

  730. Eden

    January 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    i love it..so creative

  731. Christie

    January 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Oh, she is lovely!

  732. Uzair

    January 13, 2010 at 12:35 am

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  733. Anonymous

    January 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

    The colors and the vibrancy of her smile are beautifully shown. Very elegant.

  734. Anonymous

    January 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    The vibrant colours and the peek of the shoes! I love it.

  735. Anonymous

    January 15, 2010 at 5:30 am

    The raw emotion mixed with the pure, classic style displayed creates an intense emotion for the audience. Timeless elegance.

  736. n.a

    January 17, 2010 at 2:43 am

    gorgeous colors! thank you so much for featuring a Muslim one:)

  737. Anonymous

    January 20, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Absolutely beautiful, a breakthrough shot. Possibly my favorite one yet! Such style!

  738. Ghita

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Wouw I LOVE it! Being a Hijabi as well it makes me really proud to show that we can be fashionable as well! I love this girl's smile!! Stunning

  739. Ayah | Kcaii

    January 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    wow! 735 comments. :) now 736.

  740. Anonymous

    January 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    the photo is transcendental

    and the comments that follow are heartwarming

    i was afraid to click / read ppl's reactions; so glad i did.

  741. Anonymous

    January 22, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Adding another comment :D

    Thank you for featuring a muslim woman with a hijab. I've had enough of the scared or mocking stares people look at me when I'm wearing my abaya on the street (in NY).
    As a muslim woman, I feel oppressed. But, get this, I'm not oppressed because I am forced to cover up my body and wear my black abaya or burkha everyday, but because other people oppressed me and forced me to take my headscarf off and "dress like a normal, decent person" even though I dont want to. They told me that I have to stand up for myself and stop wearing veils. Guess what, I'm standing up for myself. I have my strong faith, and I refuse to stop covering up my body just because some people are scared of sitting beside me in the subway.

    After seeing this shot, I feel that I have more courage to do things that I think is right (like wearing my hijab and covering up). I dress up the way I want to and I should not care what did other people think about it. Thanks a lot, Sart :D

  742. Tim McFarlane

    January 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    This is gorgeous! Very elegant and fantastic color choices that she's made. Wonderful smile, too.

  743. Yu

    January 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

    very nice! beautiful girl and beautiful look

  744. Arab-esque

    January 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Whoa 735 comments! I don't think I've ever seen as many comments on one post!

    This picture is absolutely stunning. :D

  745. Anonymous

    January 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Simple yet beautifully Stylish!!!!

  746. Anonymous

    February 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I just Love it !!
    so classy with her hijab !

  747. Natalia

    February 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    great. unforgetable

  748. Anonymous

    February 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

    A evelyn, Islam doesn't force their women to be "unseen." It actually celebrates them. Modesty is seen as beautiful and a true celebration of beauty. I am not Muslim but I know this much, it is ignorant to assume. — but the hijab looks great on this photo!!!

  749. Anonymous

    February 9, 2010 at 8:31 am


  750. Anonymous

    February 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Beautiful. Muslim women oppressed? One picture paints a thousand words…love it!

  751. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Beautiful and modest, she looks comfortable and confident in what she's wearing. And her smile is amazing!

  752. AmericanHijabi

    February 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    that smile is infectious! i, like her, also wear an 'abaya [long, loose flowy dress] and LOVVEEEEE playing around with accessories to play it up/dress it down. Big rings and colorful bags are a must in any hijab fashionistas wardrobe.
    ps — i was reading some of the comments below, and just to clarify, these long dresses do NOT come only in black. lol, loads of colors, thought the overall shape is supposed to be generally loose.
    Personally, however, I think black is the most flattering color on many women and can go with almost any other color, granted you've got the right accessories to pull it off.
    Thanks for showcasing this! =) -hijabi girl from US

  753. vintage1944

    February 14, 2010 at 11:58 am

    love the scarf bag duo.I am so stealing it.She is lovely

  754. Karina*

    February 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    the best of your pics.


    nothing to add.

  755. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Beautiful, just breathtaking! She looks so simple, and yet so vibrant and elegant at the same time. Great photo!

  756. Sparky007

    February 15, 2010 at 4:52 am

    When I first saw this, I couldn't stop smiling for a long, long time. She reminds me of summertime, joy, and the simplicity of nature. The colors are so bold, and clear. Breathtaking!

  757. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

    simply beautiful.

    a stylish combination of different shades of orangey colour: the earrings, the 'tudung' (headscarf), handbag, scarf… plus a sweet smile. =)

    thanks for such an awesome pic.

  758. J and V

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    We have fallen for this look. It is so very extraordinary.


  759. TussahSilk

    March 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Beautiful. I love the way her hijab swirls around her. Everything about this lady is radiant. Fab!

  760. caraboska

    April 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    This girl is so hijabi that even her handbag is wearing hijab – who would have thought??? :D

    I personally think the sleeves are just right – tight enough not to immediately expose your whole arm if you need to raise it for some reason, but not so tight to give any actual details.

    And as for the earrings… someone thought they were alluring. My answer to that is that I think it's pretty kinky to get turned on by inanimate objects :D

  761. Syafiqah Khan

    May 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    now, who say us muslim women cant wear a hijab and still be looking pretty darn hot?

    This photo proves its all.

    Thanks for putting it up :)

  762. n-j-b

    May 25, 2010 at 1:39 am

    i guess it goes to prove that you can be all covered up yet look chic + stunning while u are at it :-D

  763. Anonymous

    June 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Fabulous! Shows that (in contrary to SATC 2) women don't need to take off their scaves to look fashionable and express themselves!

  764. Saamia Hossain

    June 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    she is stunning… and her whole aura is amazing: she is a confident, beautiful Muslim woman. Amazing.

  765. Zaenab

    July 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Lovely photo :D

  766. Anonymous

    November 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

    This is such a stunning shot! And so on the pulse (as always)…

    There's a whole fashion subculture happening right now throughout the Arab/Islamic world, where countless different elements and influences are being fused together and the result is often refreshingly original, thought provoking and above all simply beautiful… what’s more it's a growing industry worth millions of dollars!

    If you want design inspiration and to see something truly original, book a trip to India, Malaysia or Dubai!

    With Harrods now stocking DAS abayas, and John Galliano, Nina Ricci, Jean Claude Jitrois, Blumarine and Alberta Feretti all designing their own abayas it's about time the West looked East… we need more than ever to focus on the things that connect us :-)

  767. Anonymous

    December 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    This is one of the most breath taking pictures i have ever seen in my life. wooow

  768. Meemo

    August 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Stunning :0

  769. Kinzah

    September 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    this is the essence and beauty of the Muslim woman. she’s modest in what she wears and how she carries herself. her smile is pure and simple, stripped from worldly desires – exuding confidence in who she is.

    Islam does not require their women to be “unseen.” they are not meant to be left behind and forgotten. God asked muslim women to cover in order for them to be given the utmost respect they deserve.

    i’m so proud that this photo represents a group of women so misunderstood.

  770. tuuna

    November 27, 2011 at 4:07 am

    so beautiful. love it.

  771. Bridget McHale

    December 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Find magazines in that foreign language – most of them have lots of visual aids (photos) that’ll help you.

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  773. Sammy

    January 26, 2012 at 5:08 am

    For crying out loud, we are NOT oppressed. She can wear whatever clothes and colours she chooses. You people really need to take your blinkers off, stop believing everything you read in your local rag about terrorism/oppression and talk to a Muslim woman to realise we’re not all subservient doormats. I love the positive comments but the ones about oppression make my blood boil.

  774. RoSh

    May 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    realizing that today’s hijabis wear their hijab without covering their chests, i simply love how she doesn’t go with the trend. but one minus thing only, her ears should be covered as well.

  775. julian

    October 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Gender politics of the hijab aside…..

    I think she looks fantastic !
    I love this shot, and her style is elegant, simple, beautifully and richly coordinated perfection.

    I would love it even more if she uncovered her head…….am positive she’d be even more beautiful than she is here.

  776. Grace

    June 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    So beautiful! The leather knapsack is an elegant touch with the mustard coloured head scarf. Love the earrings and her statement making ring. Lovely woman. Very respectable for staying true to her faith and looking stylish at the same time.

  777. Souri

    December 4, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Now that is not your typical Chapel Street outfit … :-)

    Great to see that you covered Melbourne a bit … you should come back it summer now!
    Have to venture down to Chapel Street and take some street photography one day. So close to me …

  778. Tas KW

    January 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

    just gorgeous. I adore how earth tone colors

  779. Ferderic

    May 28, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Beautiful Stylish & Lovely Smile! <3

  780. Lamya B

    March 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Great pic!

    Thank you.

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