Beauty and the Muse

Behind The Scenes: My Photo Shoot

Posted on: August 9, 2013


For the last month I have been planning a photo shoot. I have been going through photos, makeup looks, and styles. I wanted my shoot to be couture, edgy, and unique. I always see a certain type of revealing and sometimes cookie-cutter style that some people use . I wanted to have a shoot and stand out.

I think we may have done it this time.


Just getting to the shoot proved to be hectic. Madinah and I ended up making it on set an hour and a half late. We didn’t get to do the second look but we got some awesome shots.


Waiting patiently while the photographer, Kenneth Harris, gets the lights right.


Last minute touch-ups by MUA: Madinah.


Do you like my Gaga nail ring? The look I was going for was high-fashion, curvy style.


OOTD: Scary Chic


All styles by me. MUA is the very talented, Madinah. And the professional photos above are by Kenneth Harris

Stay tuned for more…The photo shoots aren’t over.


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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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