A Muslim fashion blogger has become an internet hit, thanks to her YouTube videos showing women hundreds of different ways to style their hijabs.
Mum-of-three Saman Munir, 35, from Toronto, Canada, who’s been posting videos on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram since 2011, says she wants to show women how to style their hijabs so they’ll be ‘covered and still look beautiful’.
‘I’ve always loved fashion, and you can inspire so many people through social media,’ Saman says. ‘When Dolce and Gabbana launched their hijab range recently I was so happy and impressed. Finally a big designer is catering to Muslims too; it makes us involved in the fashion world.
‘I do what I do because I want to wear my hijab confidently and to admire it, not just wear it.’
While she has over half a million online followers, she admits she does get some negative comments. ‘Some people write ‘this is not right, it’s not the Islamic way, you’re going to burn in hell, you’re wearing too much make up,”‘ she says. ‘The first few seconds you feel fuming and then after a deep breath you let it go.’
‘I think sometimes it’s just jealousy, or because people have only seen the hijab worn in a certain way before.’
However, she says most people are positive about what she does and women tell her she’s inspiring them to wear their hijab confidently.
‘Sometimes even non-Muslims are inspired and message me about my styles, saying they love the way I wear hijab and that they want to wear one too,’ she says.
She started posting her videos in 2011 because she couldn’t find many styling tips online. ‘I was looking for three years for someone who’d show me different styles but I couldn’t find anything,’ she explains.
‘The way you pin your headscarf gives you a different look as well, or you can even add different accessories to it,’ she adds. ‘It’s amazing what you can come up with different colours and materials.’
She also now sells her own hijabs online and gets sent designs from all over the world.
And her fans aren’t just online. ‘My daughter says “Oh mummy I want to be like you,” but I tell her she needs to be a bit older first,’ Saman says.
Republished from Islamic Fashion & Design Council (IFDC).