Beauty and the Muse

Leo’s Birthday Dinner: Sushi Style

Posted on: August 23, 2013



I am a Leo baby. My birthday August 13. We wanted sushi!


I stepped on the scene looking like a character off of Star Trek. And my face was beat!


Madinah, the MUA, phresh off the runway.



Me and my big sister, matching like Ebony and Ivory 🙂



(Left) Me and Aliyah. (Right) Amirah J and I. My sophisticated ladies always come through.



(Left) Ahysiah. (Right) Meme. You guys looked ultra fab.


Royal blue and blazers.


They tried to make me throw the curtain back in the picture. And this is what we got. Lol.


I love all my ladies. Much support.


We got gelato from Yogurtown!


This pic is worth a trillion words.


I was so in love with my “OOTD”. The scarf is from Forever 21. The blouse and blue pants are from Rainbow. The blazer is from Torrid. The necklace is from VictoriousMe in Toronto. The clutch is from Dot’s. And the studded flats are from Cato’s. The Star Trek shades were from Plato’s Closet.


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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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