I’ve written about this topic in the past and one of my articles was published on another site that went into the whole strange world that we’ve become with hijab fashion.
What I want to get into a bit more is what I think is causing an increasing amount of jealousy and resentment among women.
Those of us who’ve grown up before the internet (hard to believe eh?) used to feel self conscious about our looks and bodies because of the images portrayed in magazines, movies, and television.
But, in time we learned to move on. If you were a woman wearing hijab you learned pretty early on that you weren’t reflected in the media so you kind of tuned it out.
With the internet and all the latest technological tools at the tips of our fingers, we can now make our OWN media. And that is what we’re seeing.
Girls are becoming brands and launching themselves into cyberspace to thousands of adoring fans.
The only troubling issue, is that we are becoming what we wanted to combat. Instead of changing the “ideal” industry standard of what a woman should be, we have become that but with a scarf on our head.
I don’t have a problem with that necessarily. It’s kind of neat to see how we’re becoming more creative at how to manage our identity.
The issue I have a problem with, is trying to make ourselves appear as if we are not in reality.
It’s a hard thing to balance, and I don’t think anyone intentionally sets out to become a caricature of themselves.
However, with younger girls who are growing up with insta-celebrities online, and wanting to be like them, it creates a really tough situation.
Now they are growing up used to an illusion of perfection and plastered smiles. They too want to have perfect makeup and a perfect hijab style that doesn’t budge. And the problem is that they don’t realize that this is NOT reality.
In real life, makeup smears and sweats off, hijabs slide around and lose their shape, and sometimes it just isn’t practical in a corporate job environment to be walking around like you just came off a tropical island.
Why am I writing about all these things? Because I am watching my own two little girls grow up. And I really don’t want them to face more pressures regarding appearance.
As Muslim women who have an online following, I believe it’s our responsibility to be transparent. We can be glamorous but we should give a dose of reality too.
At the end of the day I think it’s all about balance.
It’s fun to take photos that look amazing with great lighting and makeup. It’s fun to post about things that we’re up to and the amazing things we’re accomplishing. But I believe we should be honest about it too and maybe share some of the “non glamorous” parts of our lives every now and then.
After all I think everyone can agree that there are bad hijab days and good hijab days and everything in between.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Muslim women with online followers need to make sure to tell it like it is? Or should they should continue to sell a dream that may not be a reflection of real life?