A few weeks ago, Indonesian Muslim fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan created quite a storm in the fashion industry with her ingeniously crafted fashion that incorporated the traditional Islamic dress into modern fashion. YouTuber Nura Afia, is the latest example of how religious tradition can meet modern fashion.
Among all the messages that this sends to people, perhaps the most important is that the clothing of Muslim women does not have the oppressive connotations that most people usually assume. Even politicians like Republican Donald Trump have said things that unapologetically hinted that Muslim women are not allowed to talk in a public forum. As such, how Muslim women like Hasibuan and Afia, even as “hijabis,” are making so much news is an interesting question to be asked.