The Rise of Hijabi Bloggers

A phenomena of halal celebrities is beginning to arise and is taking the Muslim fashion scene to new levels. Women that we had never heard of are now common names among Muslimahs. These women have mastered social media, display unique fashion sense and some of them even maintain a side business.

Admirers of these various blogs and Muslim Fashionistas have said that they finally feel they can be fashion forward while still maintaining their religious identity.

But critics of these personalities say that the Muslim bloggers are in fact slaves to the fashion industry and are promoting the objectification and sexualization of hijab and modest fashion

Let me take you back ten years when I first started wearing the hijab. Triangular gray, black and white scarfs pinned at the neck with the two ends tied in the back. Anyone remember that one? That style and design was neither appealing nor attractive in any manner. It really was a struggle to wear it in high school when all the other girls looked so put together.

At that point had I seen some of the Amenakin (Pearl Daisy) hijab tutorials in which she beautifully incorporates the tikka, (decorative jewelry that hangs in the middle of the forehead) I wouldn’t be awkwardly stumbling around Pakistani weddings wearing a grandma style dupatta.

I know of many girls who take off their hijabs either before or after marriage, and in some cases may even feel hijab is the reason why they aren’t getting proposals. As Muslim women we have a fine balancing act, between modesty and beauty.

Having access to muslim bloggers who can offer creative ways to style modest clothes and hijabs ย can be an asset. They are not self-proclaimed experts but normal Muslim women who usually have been approached by their fans to tell them about their skincare regime, weight loss tips and how to get that smokey eye right.

I may not agree with everything that Muslim fashion bloggers promote but I do think there are many ideas and tips which are creative and inspiring. The hijab and the act of dressing modestly is a personal journey for each women and it is something which each of us can improve on.

2 thoughts on “The Rise of Hijabi Bloggers

  1. This is a very timely post and I just started contemplating if I should start a blog myself (not dedicated to fashion, however) ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree with you that it is really lovely having hijabis out there posting about how to try new hijab styles and fashion that is (hopefully) more modest yet trendy.

    There is something so nice about seeing hijabis on the web. It sends the message that we are not alone, that there is a whole world out there like me, where girls dress the way I do and are not isolated. These women are not dull, ugly, uptight, oppressed, etc. We are individuals, we are smart, we are professional, and we can look good while we worship Allah (swt). Ideally, it would be great to just see the outfits that someone has come up with on a polyvore-type “look book” or idea page without seeing the actual person wearing it. Or, if one must post a picture of themselves in an outfit, maybe they could blur their face? I know it is not ideal and I certainly don’t think I know the right answer.

    That being said, I, too, wonder if hijab is not becoming more objectified and even sexualized. In fact, I am sometimes shocked by the pics girls post of themselves on the web and Pinterest, etc. I commend all women who wear hijab, even the ones who may not be at the “level” of covering the way I may interpret/think is best. May Allah (swt) give us all the hidayah to cover ourselves and present ourselves with hayah/modesty in both our dress as well as our manners (ameen). Unfortunately, many of us forget that hijab is not only about covering ourselves. It is also about the way we act and speak and present ourselves, especially in front of the opposite gender. If we are flirting with guys and posting provoctive pictures of ourselves wearing a hijab, then have we truly internalized the idea of hijab? Propably not.

    Thanks for the post!

  2. Mariam,

    Thanks for sharing your views. I also cringe when I see hijabi women who are pouting, layering tons of make up and blowing kisses to the camera.

    I used to follow a lot of Muslim Fashion Blogs but recently have filtered through and follow only those that I feel relate to my sense of balance of fashion and modesty.

    I hope you do start your own blog, keep us updated ๐Ÿ™‚

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