words + pictures/ FATIMA SAID
On February 1st, women of all backgrounds and faiths celebrated #worldhijabday on social media platforms. Seeing this form of empowerment through Hijab (religious headscarf) was incredibly beautiful and is what inspired this polaroid series.
Hijab is a widely recognized symbol of Muslim faith and the woman wearing it embarks on a spiritual journey. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding the decision to don the hijab, which sparks debate amongst many. The false notion that an individual who wears hijab is extremely religious and perfect puts many young Muslim women in a position where they feel disconnected between their inward and outward appearance.
Although I cannot speak for all women wearing hijab, I think wearing Hijab pushes us to be the best version of ourselves. It is very easy to give into what society wants us to look like but going through hardship makes it that much more purposeful. Wearing a hijab in this political climate is an act of bravery, defiance, resilience, and a form of liberation in an overtly hyper-sexualized environment.
Hijab challenges us to be self-aware as well as nurture our intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This polaroid project is dedicated to women who challenge preconceived notions of what Hijab is and who Muslim women are.