I was laying down ruminating on what to write next when an idea popped in my head while I was chatting with my friend. I was like what if I can interview her and feature her on my blog. We touched on few areas about hijabis. Meet Zainab, a fashionable and sassy hijabi. Without much ado, Let us get into it.
A brief bio about you
I am Zainab. I am originally from Chad but now live in Cape Town. Right through high school, I studied everything in Arabic though i also learnt French from my dad at home. Due to my passion to write and speak English, my dad sent me to South Africa to learn it. I fell in love with Cape Town so i decided stay here after learning English. I am about completing my BTech in Biotechnology. Planning to do my Masters next year In sha Allah.
Being brought up in a Muslim family, when would you say that you started wearing Hijab comfortably and confidently?
I did not really ear hijab when I was young since I went to girls – only school. The Event that made me change my mind was when my brother refused to take me with him for a family reunion some years back. His excuse was that I was not properly dressed for events where everyone will be there. I started wearing hijab for more respectfully treatment.
What does Hijab and modest dressing mean to you?
Due to Islamic culture and personal preference, I wear modest dress and hijab to cover myself. Modest dressing enable me to integrate into society and make friends regardless of religion. I noticed that when people wear Burqa, It is not easy to integrate into society unlike other Hijabis.
What do you like most about Hijab?
It makes me feel more comfortable. It prevents me from unnecessary cat calls on the street. Like a day, a guy was harassing me at the bus station bugging me for my phone number , the moment i turned to face him and he saw my hijab. He apologised profusely and left. That event made me realise that people especially guys respect me more with my hijab.
Being an Hijabi, what kind of challenges have you been through?
At home (Chad), I feel comfortable wearing my hijab because I live in a Muslim neighbourhood. My hijab challenges started when I got to Cape Town, being a Hijabi is not easy. Even most Muslims at my school do not cover their hair. My classmates ask a lot of questions to doubt my intentions for using hijab. But Alhamdulilah, I still wear my hijab.
Do you think the modern day fashion cater to hijabis outfits needs?
Yes but only conservative clothes in Muslim shops. When it comes to fashionable clothes, I do buy clothes like sleeveless dress from shop; I get a long-sleeved undervest to hijabize the outfits. It does increase expenses though.
I know you love fashion, how do you merge trending ideas to your outfits?
I have always love wearing fashionable clothes while drawing my inspirations from Arabs and Indian cultures. Long skirts and cute blouses never go wrong expect in windy weather. Jean with medium-length gown tops. It is a big difference in South Africa. I have noticed that my dress sense has changed a bit to fit in i.e. now, like rocking takkies, jeans, makeup and fashionable accessories.
What beauty tips do you have for hijabis?
Being a woman with a sensitive skin, I have regularly take care of my face to prevent pimples. I hop from one dermatologist to another all in the name of fixing skin issues. The setbacks are the massive expenses and too much prescription medicines. I started making my beauty products like face masks and watch what I eat to cut the breakouts. The key to my skin care routine – wash, deep cleanse followed with oil-free moisturizer twice a day. I only have time for home facials during school breaks.
Which of the current trending fashion outfit ideas or beauty tips do you like the most?
I love the latest eyebrow on fleek styles and makeup. I heart trending Maxi dresses too.
Any advice for an Hijabi-to-be that will like to start wearing hijab?
My first advice is to take hijab as how you will feel when you do not wear underwear. Your hair as a woman is an aura which should be covered. Take it easy, one step at a time. A tip to choose your hijab based on seasons – No black hijab in summer; no heavy hijab in summer. Do not be upset by upcoming questions about your hijab, rather answer subtly and nicely. Be positive and kind always.
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