why your hijab Is empowering
Even when it feels like it's not.
There are so many misconceptions centered around the hijab: that it is a symbol of oppression or that girls who wear it are unhappy. It can get overwhelming sometimes, the amount of discomfort that is placed on those who wear it but I am here to tell you that you are wonderful, and brave, and empowering.
You choose to fight against the social norms every single day, everyday you are actively going out and fighting against what is considered normal. It is brave and not easy and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are making a bold statement that shows your uniqueness, and that shows that you are not afraid to be yourself. Being oneself is not an easy thing to do in today’s social media age where everyone just wants to fit in.
The hijab is a symbol that you (and girls everywhere) are more than just what you look like. A hijab does not mean someone is less intelligent, or creative, or funny than anyone else. Wearing super short skirts doesn’t mean someone is less intelligent, or creative, or funny than anyone else. Being able to express yourself through the way that you dress doesn’t make you any less than anyone, and your hijab is a symbol of that. Everyday, women are a symbol that how they dress does not affect their creativity, or work, or their capability. Everyday you are an advocate that you are who you are regardless of what’s on your head or on your body. This is a struggle that obviously not only Muslim women face, but women everywhere, since before we were born. Do not let anyone make you feel like you are less because of what you choose to wear.
How you dress, is only a fragment of artwork made up of hundreds of other fragments that make up whom you are.
By being you, you learn that you are you and you are beautiful. You learn that not only about yourself but everyone around you. You learn to love and respect those around you who are also considered ‘different’ by societal standards.
You are all you, and you are all beautiful.
Let us know how the hijab empowers you everyday in the comments below.
Writer, student, and a lover of art.