If you are familiar with the Hollywood entertainment industry, you probably would know that Zayn Malik, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Oz are Muslims. But, did you know that these women celebrities are Muslims as well?
1. Janet Jackson
She is the youngest member of the Jackson family. Janet Jackson has been a pop culture singer and has sold over 160 million records and won five Grammys for her hits. She also acted in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000). Janet converted to Islam in 2013, just a few years after marrying Muslim billionaire named Wissam Al-Mana, and toned down the sexuality of her costumes and lyrics accordingly.
2. Ellen Burstyn
Actress Ellen Burstyn is one the few people, who has ever won the Triple Crown of Acting (Oscar, Emmy, and Tony). She has 150 fill credits and countless theater ones. Burstyn was raised Catholic but now she considers herself open to all faiths including Sufi Islam.
3. Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid
She is the Somali-America fashion model, entrepreneur, actress, and is also known as David Bowie’s wife. In her 2001 memoir: “I Am Iman,” she wrote of the difficulties of being a Muslim in fashion industry. She wrote in the book’s closing pages, “May Allah have a mercy on my soul if I have sinned”.
4. Nazanin Boniadi
Nazanin Boniadi is making her mark in both film and television. She co-starred as a CIA analyst on Homeland (2011), which successfully won her Emmy and Golden Globe awards in the Drama TV Series category. She was nominated for a SAG Award in the Outstanding Performance Drama Series category as well. She has also appeared on film as Amira Ahmed in Iron Man (2008).
5. Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdasloo began acting in her 20s and starred in numerous Iranian films, but she left the country for England to continue her studies. After she completed her education, she moved to Los Angles to continue her film and TV career. Proud of her Iranian and Muslim heritage, Aghdashloo continued to take complex roles that pushed the envelope of cultural and religious perceptions.