Muslim women are more visible than ever, and they’re showing the world that beauty comes in many forms
There are many misconceptions about Muslim women who wear the hijab: that we’re oppressed, forced to cover our hair by male relatives; that we’re submissive, and incapable of being “integrated” into life in the western world. These misconceptions are perpetuated everywhere: from articles in newspapers condemning women for covering their hair or faces (or for wearing different kinds of swimwear), to the one-dimensional depictions of Muslim women on TV.
Muslim women are not a monolith, there isn’t one way to for us to be, and we certainly don’t embody the stereotypes that are foisted on us. In the past few years, I’ve been heartened to see Muslim women taking control of our own narratives and being visible in the public eye. Younger hijab-wearing women can turn on the TV and see Fatima Manji covering the news on Channel 4, or Nadiya Hussain presenting a show on the BBC.