Beauty and the Muse

Detroit Design Festival: Kickoff Party

Posted on: October 1, 2013



The College For Creative Studies, Downtown Detroit

September 17, 2013



(Right) One of the featured dress designs from local designers.

(Left) A designer from Paris and his work. He said my style inspired him 🙂

ddf2 It was a full crowd at the DDF Kickoff Party.


I was G’ed up for the evening. Rockstar lifestyle all the way.




My blazer is from Torrid and pants from Rainbow Clothing. My earrings are handmade.

ddf10 My dates for the evening.



I found some fashionistas and fashion-misters in the audience.



I love to see rock star glam. Lined stockings and a bad ass mohawk.



Striped and plaid. And all black everything with an awesome top hat.



Best dressed gentlemen of the evening. He even designed his own wooden bow-tie. Straight awesomeness.



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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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