Inspiration comes to us in many forms. There are so many inspirational hijabis in the world, and today I will only be sharing with you four of my personal ones, as part of my little blogging series for World Hijab Day. These wonderful women inspire me in different ways, so forgive me if my list appears to jump from one point of discussion to another.
Now, in no particular order, my hijabi inspirations:
1. Saufeeya Goodson
This is my take on Modest Fashion, while wearing a hijab (veil). Modest Fashion isn’t boring or dull, to me it’s a form of self expression through different styles. The fashion industry doesn’t really do much to represent us, so here I am repping my style! Modest Fashion 2k15 & @feeeeya #feeeeya #modestfashion
I follow Saufeeya on Instagram and her feed is MAD. It is so carefully curated and her outfits are always so on point. I love how her confidence radiates through every photo that she publishes and how she treats her Instagram feed as a creative space rather than a platform to document everyday activities, which most of us use it for. Saufeeya inspires me to push myself creatively and explore social media spaces in different ways. Everytime I revisit her feed, I am reminded to think out of the box and be unafraid to express myself through my outfits and photography.
2. Hana Tajima
(Image credit: hanatajima.com)
I first gained interest in hijab fashion when I came across photos of Hana Tajima on Tumblr many years ago. I was intrigued at her effortless sense of style – it was never flashy, but more relaxed and contemporary. Whenever I needed a dose of inspiration, I’d take a look at her photos. Even the way I style my hijab is influenced by her! Since then my sense of style has developed to include other influences but Hana Tajima will always remain the first hijab style icon to pique my interest in this art and inspire me to develop that interest into something more.
3. Malala Yousafzai
(Image credit: Malala Fund Facebook)
Reading about Malala never fails to make me question my life choices, all at once. She has my utmost respect and admiration for her accomplishments and her determination to create change and fight for what she believes in. A lot of the times I make the mistake of taking things for granted and not realising how fortunate I am to have been born and raised in a society where education and safety aren’t out of reach. When I think of Malala and the ordeals she went through, I remember that I have so much to give thanks for and also so much that I can do affect positive change. Her strength and courage inspire me so much. I don’t really know how to put this into words… in the course of my years on Earth, I hope that I’d be able to create real, tangible change, the way Malala is doing right now. What a goal to strive for.
4. Niloofar Rahmani
I learnt about Niloofar Rahmani through an article by Buzzfeed which listed her as one of the “Badass women you probably didn’t hear about in 2015″. Niloofar became Afghanistan’s first female fixed-wing military pilot since the fall of the Taliban. And at just 21 years old! Unfortunately, fast forward a few years later, death threats from members of the Taliban and even her own extended family has forced her and her immediate family to flee her home and, according to this article, she is currently in the US training to pilot a special plane. I think it is so admirable that she still has the determination to succeed and live her dream despite the terrifying amount of danger that it puts her in. Her story really inspires me to push myself to achieve the things I want and serves as a reminder that we all have the capacity and the strength to succeed within us. All that’s left for us to decide is how much effort we are willing to put in to get there and how much we are willing to sacrifice to reach our goals.
Do you find inspiration in any of these women as well? Share your thoughts with me!
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