Fashionable Muslim women are breaking stereotypes surrounding hijab fashion. Fashion blogging has become a trend on many social media outlets for many women to express themselves and showcase their love for fashion. However, not until recent years, hijab fashion has come to light and a few women have taken it upon themselves to change the way the world sees them and their Hijab.
More than 50% of Africa’s population is Muslim, and of those, millions of women. In the past, many Muslim girls were limited to wearing dull colors to cover up and not come off as too flashy. Some struggled for social acceptance, but this new wave of fashion bloggers are have shed light on the issue and encouraged girls to embrace who they are and their beliefs.
I had the opportunity to interview a close friend, Nafisat Abdulwahab. Abdulwahab is a Muslim fashion blogger and native of Nigeria, inspired by her love of fashion and crushing the stereotypes surrounding hijab fashion. “To some people, being fashionable is not equivalent to being modest,” Abdulwahab said. “Many girls have had to sacrifice bright colors in order to be decent.”
Abdulwahab narrates that she comes from a line of fashionable people, “it’s in my blood”, she says. “I used to not wear a hijab. Wearing a hijab was purely my choosing. Fashion has no limitation and I choose to go out of bounds with my pieces,” she says.
“I express myself through the clothes I wear; I wouldn’t be fully showing the world who I am without it. I often have to think about what I am wearing before I leave my house. Piecing together outfits is a bit of a challenge because I want the world to see me as who I am without displeasing my Allah. Striking a balance between the two is very important to me. For check, as long as I am not provocative and I feel comfortable in my clothes, I am good to go.”
Her blog, Nafsblog.com, serves as a medium to shed light on hijab fashion and express herself. Reaching out to many girls around the world.
This nouvelle vague of hijab fashionistas has given a whole new twist to the fashion industry in Africa inspiring designers such as Noor Couture, Qadira’s Qreations and Akilah’s Fashions.
by Ivery Arie