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
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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….
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!
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!
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!
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!
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! :-)
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.
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!
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.
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"..
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!)
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 âno complaintsâ section of this blog or are the comments filtered, sprinkled with sweet candy?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great picture- perfect timing- cause iÂ´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
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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 sidewalkâfull of admiration and joy, instead of hatred and horror.
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..
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.
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.
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!!
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 sidewalkâfull of admiration and joy, instead of hatred and horror.''
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.
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.
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.
ThatÂ´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 itÂ´s not neccessary to do that), I have to say: She looks so happy and sheÂ´s really beautiful and elegant! Just adorable!!!
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!
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)
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.
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.
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!
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 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! :)
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.
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!!
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!
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 =)
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 âThe Sartorialistâ – 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
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!
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!
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.
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…..
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!
quote: "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..
"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.
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… "Stunning" Confidence and happiness are the most stunning things anyone can wear.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. â¥
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. Lovely!
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.
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!
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'!
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!
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
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 ^_^..
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
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!!!
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
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… whatâs 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 :-)
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.
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.
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.
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.