My interview with VICE about the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal
I’ll take a moment to note that this interview is the first time I publicly use my real name in conjunction with my ex-Muslim work!
Here’s an excerpt:
But my body is not an object of discord to be covered up. Many of us have left Islam or rejected its modesty norms because we refuse to be treated as such, refuse to have our hair and limbs hypersexualized to the point that we are considered a danger and temptation simply for having them where eyes can see. The move to celebrate the body and reject doctrines of modesty is one that I have seen openly embraced by many religious people as well.
And after having our bodies treated with such denigration and restriction, I feel it is very apt for us to have a space to celebrate our bodies in all their shameless glory, publicly, to tell our bodily histories, publicly, to adorn ourselves in beautiful things, publicly. To finally be able to determine how we want to present our bodies, how we want to look and be and feel.
Check the rest of it out! And don’t forget to visit the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal too!