Hani Sidow, GLAMOUR's Glam Hijabi columnist, is breaking taboos about being a beauty-loving Hijab wearer, helping inspire other women on Muslim beauty, fashion and modesty. In her third column for GLAMOUR, and on International Muslim Women's Day, she delves into what it means to be a millennial Muslim woman today.
"Being a young Muslim today is challenging. I live in fear that Muslim women are falsely represented in the media – and portrayed in a way that completely goes against my religious values and morals.
We face a lot of oppression, are judged based on stereotypes and aren’t given an opportunity to shine. That’s why days like today are so important: International Muslim Women’s Day is a chance for Muslim ladies to amplify their voices and join together in solidarity.
If you ask me, we should celebrate women worldwide every day - especially because of the struggles they face in society, which often go unnoticed.
A few years ago, I was asked by a friend: 'What should a Muslim woman be?' My response? ‘Inspirational and supportive’. I mean, if we don’t support ourselves and stand together as one, then who will?
We may have been deemed ‘oppressed’ years ago, but when myself and my friends think about what we represent today, it’s a powerful, tight-knit community full of loving people.
For me personally, Islam has become my identity growing up. I would like to think that my actions and the way I represent and carry myself publicly is a reflection of my culture and my religion. I try to dress modestly, be caring with others and treat everyone fairly with love and respect.
However, we are strong, beautiful and powerful, just like all women worldwide, and deserve to be celebrated.
International Muslim Women’s Day is a day that allows us to look back and see all that we have overcome and remind ourselves of who we are.
As a dedication to this day, here are some of my favourite Muslim women who have constantly inspired me on social media, despite it often being a completely judgmental and scary world sometimes.
These lovely women, who have come a long way and inspired so many other ladies, have all shown us that we should be celebrated and proud.
Happy International Muslim Women’s Day! May you all shine bright like the diamonds you are, and may women all around the world be celebrated every day because we are truly powerful together.
Stay tuned for my next column in a fortnight all about modest fashion."