Muslim Women in Western Culture

Social media is blowing up as the world slowly begins to ease into the idea of different ethnicities and backgrounds intertwining with modern trends. One thing that particularly stands out is the way in which the hijab, a religious head cover typically worn by many Muslim women (although not restricted to the Islamic faith), has finally made its way into Western culture as its true meaning– a representation of modesty, and not a form of oppression. It is rather unfortunate that some people – perhaps not having any knowledge of Muslims and their beliefs, still and may always view Islam as a so-called ‘terrorist’ and ‘extremist’ religion. However, hatred and intolerance do not drag the religion’s followers down, especially Muslim women of this day and age. Together, they are changing the negative views placed on their faith and shedding light on what being Muslim really is about. 

From makeup looks to fashion inspiration, Muslim women have positively taken over the world tucked in our phones through self-expression, with emphasis on these women who wear the hijab, known as a hijabi. Major social media apps and news pages such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Buzzfeed feature hijabis who are simply living their lives to the fullest and thus taking over the internet with their ability to compromise modesty with trendiness. Take Dina Tokio, a London-based YouTuber who was chosen to be a part of YouTube's ‘Made For You’ campaign, which was created to celebrate the creators of YouTube. Being Muslim herself, she has proved that despite the differences in beliefs, people are ultimately created equally and therefore achieve success equally. Another UK-based Muslim blogger to mention is Habiba Da Silva, who launched her own unique brand of hijabs entitled "Skin”, which celebrates the diversity of women through beautiful flesh toned scarves. These women, among others, are undoubtedly the faces of a growing modern society – they have made a remarkable impact on how the hijab defines Muslim women.  With countries being torn apart by the recently suspended Muslim ban in the United States, amongst other troubles that followers of the faith have to face, it is the spark of hope from these women that brings not only the Muslim community together, but the rest of the world.

By Syahirah Harun
Photos from @lifelongpercussion and @dinatokio