Don’t Judge A Woman By Her Cover: Muslim Beauty And Fashion Icon Wafa Yahya Defies The 5 Most Common Stereotypes About Women In Hijab
Dubai-based beauty and fashion icon Wafa Yahya and the brain behind the beauty and style blog Wafa’s Diary shed some light on the most common stereotypes that women who wear hijab are facing in their lives.
“As a woman in hijab, who believes in both the power of fashion and women empowerment, I am very open minded when it comes to accepting changes and challenges in life and how everyone perceives veiled women. I believe that fashion gives more confidence to a woman and our fashion sense is a reflection of our inner persona. If you are passionate enough about what you do — you can be anyone you want to be. One of the things that I believe in is being modern yet modest, I support the idea of being trendy but still decent. Sometimes it is not always what we believe in, but also shifting other people’s mindsets” explained Wafa, a notable fashion blogger and UAE influencer.
1) Women in hijab are hushed and extremely traditional – It is really funny when someone think of us as dry as a bone and as quiet as a church mouse. We love fun as well and we love doing what other girls who don’t wear hijab does to blow cobwebs. We love singing, acting and performing, we love to participate in sports programs, we appreciate arts, literature and culture. We surely enjoy life as much as everyone else!
2) Women in hijab are forced to cover – Everyday when I wake up, I love checking my closet and reflect for a minute on what to wear. At night I love reading my preferred book, I watch a TV series that I like and I put on my favourite moisturiser. The bottomline is I have a freedom to choose for my life and this is definitely the same with my choice on what to wear or what not to wear. Wearing hijab is a matter of faith and personal choice. Most Muslim women I know are strong, independent-minded individuals who decide to cover up out of personal choice.
3) Women in hijab are timid – You can blame it in some of the movies that depicts Muslim women in some degrading roles such as members of a harem, oppressed wives, or faceless victims waiting to be rescued by a male hero.
4) Women in hijab are not stylish – Just because someone is covered from head to toe doesn’t mean she is not fashionable. Most of the people think that being fashionable is about wearing revealing clothes, while I perceive fashion as a reflection of inner beauty, and the secret of beauty lies in simplicity and modesty.
5) Women in hijab are all the same – Muslims are a diverse group of people coming from many different cultures. We have different opinions about different issues and matters. We have varying appearance and style. We have different languages. We all have individuality and we are all born unique with distinctive talents, abilities and gifts just like everyone else.