Beauty and the Muse

Sunglass Obsession: Summer Trends

Posted on: June 12, 2013

kelis-sunglasses-2013-promo-photo-600x450 By Leah Vernon

My friend went shopping and bought a huge bag of stuff. She pulled one piece out at a time, explaining each article of clothing as we ohhh’d and ahhh’d at every one of  her new closet treasures. She pulled out a pair of sunglasses. They were baaadddd. Jealousy crept on me as she tried them on and posed. They looked perfect on her face too. I wanted them. But I couldn’t have them, she’d got to them first. At that moment, I knew I had to step my sunglasses game up. And I did. I found three pairs that were going to be my staples for the entire summer.


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I grabbed a pair of these “John Lennon” inspired shades when I saw Rihanna rocking them during her concert. I have a big forehead. She has a big forehead. Hey, why not? I thought I could rock them too. I bought them at Plato’s Closet for like ten bucks. They looked cute on me in the store (darn those store lights). But after I wore and took pictures in them, I thought it made my already long face appear even longer. These may be better on faces that are heart-shaped, round, and/or square.




Ok, much better. I fell in love with these “Heart-shaped” sunglasses when I first laid eyes on them sitting idle on a J.C.  Penney’s rack. For ten dollars, I had to have them. Peace. Love. And hearts.

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I wore my 60’s inspired “Cat-Eye” sunglasses to an art show. I got them at Plato’s Closet as well, same price as the one above. I feel old-skool poet when I wear them. And they don’t make my face look like a banana either. 🙂


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Over pizza, a friend and I talked openly about hijab and sexism we’d experienced around it. 
Many people assumed that because I wear hijab it means I’m married. Hence, the idea of a woman wears hijab for a man and not herself or for God. 
She shared a story about going to a club with her hijab and being told that she shouldn’t be there by random Muslim men because she was hijabi. She bluntly replied, “Neither you or I should be in the club as Muslims.” Her story triggered me because I too had been through the same scenario. In addition to that I remember when my ex used to constantly tell me that I didn’t love God enough or I wasn’t Muslim because I doubted wearing hijab. But the chick he ended up going out with, during our marriage, was a non-hijabi 🤔 
My friend said something that resonated with me. “If it’s so easy to wear hijab, then why don’t men do it? They won’t. Because it makes them visible.” Being visibly Muslim, for some of us, isn’t easy. To wear or continue to wear hijab isn’t always easy. So, why are we so harsh on non-hijabis? 
When I went to California this summer, I decided that I was going to wear a bathing suit and ditch my hijab. For so long, I always wondered what it’d be like. Although, I felt guilty for showing my body as a Muslim I also felt empowered because I had the choice. And that I was very much so still Muslim whether I was covered or not. 
As a Muslim woman, I applaud you for wearing hijab, but I also understand if you aren’t there yet. Not all Muslims come in one size fits all. 
What are some common misconceptions about Muslim women that you’ve heard? What’s your take on hijabi vs non-hijabi? And anyone can chime in on this discussion ☕️
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