Join the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal!

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I’m very excited about launching this new project: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal!

Featuring ex-hijabis with awesome hairstyles and tattoos and piercings. Ex-hijabis in bikinis and little black dresses and cargo pants and hiking boots. Ex-hijabis who are femme and ex-hijabis who are butch. Ex-hijabis who are women and ex-hijabis who are men. Ex-hijabis topless and legsome and all decked out and minimalistic and with long hair and buzzcuts and everything. EVERYTHING.

Basically ex-hijabis choosing how THEY want their bodies to look, because bodies are a joy and not a shame.

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I’m thinking each post will feature a new  ex-hijabi with a small story on their background and feelings about the shift from a life of obscurity to one where they can model and fashion their own bodies as they please. Before photos for the posts are welcome but not a must, because I understand that many ex-hijabis don’t want to think about or look at their past selves. I might need private proof that you are indeed an ex-hijabi if you want to participate, though, so we can keep this a safe place for all those who are displaying such vulnerability.

Your body is awesome and not a shame!

I have the preliminary site up with a couple of posts up already but the point is to expand and diversify so that a whole lot of different people are showcased. A few women are in the process of getting posts to me, and soon thereafter I’ll start the photo stories in earnest:

http://exhijabifashion.tumblr.com/

Here are answers to some FAQ:

1) You are welcome to contribute if you used to or still do wear hijab full or parttime regardless of your reasons, or if you are from a country where you are forced to wear it outdoors by law, even if you don’t wear it in private in front of non-mahram men or when you leave your country (Shout-out to all my Iranian and Saudi fans in particular). If you still wear hijab we can obscure your identity as much as possible so nobody recognizes it’s you in your not-hijabi photos.

2) And if you are a NEW ex-Hijabi, we can even do coming-out features if/when you’re ready. It’s a moment worth celebrating! I wish someone had celebrated mine. In my culture we used to do Hijab Parties for girls who started wearing the hijab. I wish we could do ex-Hijab parties for girls who take it off!

3) If you are not an ex-Hijabi but are a closeted ex-Muslim who must live under various modesty requirements, and want to post revealing your legs and tummies and other ‘sinful’ areas, you are also welcome to contribute. I want to retain the title Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal, if our non-ex-hijabi contributors don’t feel that is excluding them. I think it’s important to acknowledge a space that celebrates the unique ex-hijabi experience, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to exclude ex-Muslim type individuals who have not had to cover their hair for various reasons but who have had modesty requirements imposed upon them and want to dissent.

4) Pseudonyms are welcome. Body shots without faces showing, such as back-facing shots, are welcome. We know the deal. Safety first.

5) We welcome photos of people freely engaging in ‘sinful’ behavior as long as it’s not exploitative or harmful others. Send us your shots with your glasses of wine and kissing your girlfriends and boyfriends or cutting up your hijabs, etc. Whatever feels right and vindicating to you. This is a space for us to glory in all that we could not do before.

6) The Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog will be a queer-safe, trans-safe zone. There will be no censorship of anybody’s body parts in any way. There will be no requirements or restrictions regarding gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age as long as you are an adult, size, style, and ability.

7) Because of potential adult content, we will however mark shots with nudity as NSFW and have warnings for viewers under 18.

Interested in joining? Have I covered all the bases? Any questions?

Email me at aveilandadarkplace@gmail.com !

-Marwa

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6 thoughts on “Join the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal!

  1. Wearing hijab is for women’s own sake. It doesnt only protects her from unwanted attention but it also protects her from harmful uv rays! Skin exposure to sunlight is causing a lot of skin problems and even determetologists recommend to cover ur skin and avoid tight/fitted clothes. Islam is a very practical religion it doesnt ask women tocover themsel to opress them . Modesty is a core value preached my this beautiful religion equally for both men and women.

    I personally feel that this project is an insult to the religion and the motive behind it is to humiliate hijabis and to establish that hijab is like imprisonment.
    The result would be a negative message to the world. Donot spread hatred, cultivate better values in society and thats what being liberal is about

    • No one here discusses your religion, Islam!
      But let’s discuss your clue
      “Wearing hijab is for women’s own sake. It doesnt only protects her from unwanted attention but it also protects her from harmful uv rays! Skin exposure to sunlight is causing a lot of skin problems and even determetologists recommend to cover ur skin and avoid tight/fitted clothes.”
      I myself got balded for a while because of that useless hijab. As any other body part, scalp and hair needs to breath too! And the hair itself can protect the scalp from uv rays more than any peace of cloth!
      Go to any international dermatology research organization and you will find tons of articles on how harmuful hijab is!

      “Islam is a very practical religion it doesnt ask women tocover themsel to opress them . Modesty is a core value preached my this beautiful religion equally for both men and women.”
      I can easily understand from that part that Islam is very descriminative against men, as it didn’t care about protecting them as much as women! What about men’s skin now? Islam doesn’t care?

      “I personally feel that this project is an insult to the religion and the motive behind it is to humiliate hijabis and to establish that hijab is like imprisonment.”
      Just trust your religion hun! If you trust it, you shouldn’t care about what others think about it.
      You don’t see hijab as an imprisonment, but this blog proves that many other women saw it as a huge imprisonment and actually hated it, and you know what! Most of them were forced to wear it under the name of your lovely religion and god!
      I think those women who believe it is an imprisonment have the right to take it off. And I think also that this is shouldn’t be considered a humiliation to anyone else as everyone represents only himself or herself!
      You, feeling humiliated, means you don’t trust your hijab and waiting for others to decide how you as a hijabi look like and act.
      I think you should focus more on yourself and get busy with creating your own self image.

      “The result would be a negative message to the world. Donot spread hatred, cultivate better values in society and thats what being liberal is about”
      What creates hatred is oppressing anyone to do something they don’t believe in or feel comfortable doing.

  2. “Modesty is a core value preached my this beautiful religion equally for both men and women.”
    If modesty is imposed or forced on an individual by another individual, an authority figure, or a religion, then regardless of how highly it is rated as a value it becomes an oppressive entity. There are no arguments that are convincing or sensible to grant a practitioner of a set of values the full right to choose what I can do with myself. For the practitioner, letting us choose and understanding the choice being made should be more valuable. No hypothetical situation or what-ifs can change the means to that.

    “I personally feel that this project is an insult to the religion and the motive behind it is to humiliate hijabis and to establish that hijab is like imprisonment.
    The result would be a negative message to the world. Donot spread hatred, cultivate better values in society and thats what being liberal is about.”
    Being liberal in the sense that you mean should open us to discuss all aspects of Islam or practices in order to cultivate better values, including any disagreements or opinions on faulty practices and values. We can’t just promote a set of values. We have to look at how it affects everyone. Apparently, there are a number of individuals, and in this case women who object to their current/former practices or condition of living because of how it was imposed on them. Their condition of living is the result of these faulty values imposed on them by another figure or institution. They are being humiliated every day with little to no advantage favoring them, because they are being told that they’re just wrong and hence are treated the way they are. I don’t think I can ever sit any woman down and tell them what they are forced to do is ultimately for their own good, and the punishment or conditioning that follows to have them accept what they object to is also for their own good. That alone is an oppressive act.
    In any case, if the whole world completely misunderstands this blog and reaches only the conclusion you reached, that shouldn’t stop the discourse that is being carried out here among individuals who need to express themselves. There are already a handful of discourses that dominate the media and cutlure, and common/massive misunderstandings are bound to occur and spread. What reason is there to shut down one discourse among a few dominating discourses?

    I hope the above made sense to everyone. I’m open to hearing any retorts.

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