Hijabi this and hijabi that

I’ve been asked by a few people to write about all the recent developments in the hijab fashion realm.

From, Gigi Hadid on the cover of Vogue Arabia, to Deen Squad’s hijab video, to Halima Aden walking the catwalk, to the Nike hijab campaign.

And you know what? I think my brain hurts.

Why? Because, I feel like there is nothing much to say. And to be quite honest, after writing about these types of topics for over 10 years… I’m tired.

We see history repeat itself over and over. The entrepreneur working tirelessly to get their brand off the ground. Hustling and putting in long hours. But then somehow… someone else gets noticed and they are blessed with success and gain momentum and the spotlight.

And on top of that, billion dollar companies pick up on the ideas, and may not seem genuine. Maybe they want to tap into the Muslim market because of how valuable it is. But maybe there’s good in that? If we have buying power, then we have a voice.

I applaud all these advancements and the fact that every year we get more and more exposure in a “normal” way.

The hijab is now seen as something trendy and perhaps beautiful and acceptable in some arenas. And hopefully it will continue that way. Wouldn’t it be nice to finally have Muslim characters on the big screen (whether hijabi or not), that are just being themselves? When you’re able to see mainstream companies marketing toward you, it can eventually trickle down and enable society to really “see us”.

Perhaps those who are critical of what’s happening are frustrated. Because, they worked so hard in their various avenues with little to no recognition, and others were able to jump on their hard work and rise to the top.

I do feel your hurt. It’s hard not to take it personal when you’ve sacrificed so much. But maybe those others did the same or even more?

I myself have seen things happen where people don’t give me the recognition I think I deserve. And it doesn’t feel good. But who am I to judge and say that someone else wasn’t working as hard as me on a similar idea? You never know what’s happening outside of your own world.

We must remind ourselves, and I speak to myself here first and foremost…to do our work with the best of intentions and because we’re truly passionate about it, not so that we can get others approval.

Of course it would be nice to get recognized for our hard work. And yet, sometimes that’s not the way things turn out.

Breathe in, and breathe out.

Be happy for those who are able to push down barriers that will pave the way for others. And know, that you too helped topple those walls in your own way.