As a Muslim who is a modern British woman of Pakistani heritage, I wanted to explore ‘the identity of the hijab’ and how it conveys the way I want society to perceive me in contrast to how I perceive myself.
Draped with two scarfs, which are metaphors of my two different identities, my image shows the way my religion and culture would like to portray me and the way I feel as a woman.
From being an outsider on the topic it can get quite confusing on what it is that I really want to say. What I mean by an outsider is that I grew up in a very relaxed family and never have experienced a force of action to wear a Hijab or any other piece of garment to cover up. My father brought me up to discover myself and create my own individuality and character, which I think is extremely crucial.
But thanks to my mother I was able to learn about my culture and values from a very young age, which then gradually led to modesty and respect.
So together I had the perfect combination of the two and it moulded me into who I am today. I truly believe the person I am meant to be exists due to my parents, especially on my father’s part.
You are always going to parts of people; a version of them into you. And you do that by believing what is written or what they tell you as you think it’s a right statement and then you start to initiate it all.
Always stay connected to your own soul and don’t let the system control your way of being and the way you manifest love in your life.
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