A woman wearing hijab looks away against a red background
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Show coordinator N’aimah Abdullah is breaking barriers in the fashion world. Abdullah donated her creative geniuses at the 35th annual Sealed Nectar Fashion ShowThe designer created an Islamic cruise-themed Islamic design fashionEvent. The runway is filled with beachwear and dancing, as well as tropical music. showAs a place where Black MuslimWomen could express their creativity. “individuality.”
“This is Black women showing their creativity and allowing themselves that place to shine,”Abdullah explained it to ACJ.
“We’re the leaders in fashion and when you start talking about colors and styles and all of these different things — African American women have been unapologetically fashionable.”
Participants in the event shared their desire to empower and lift up designers. MuslimWomen love their modest fashion choices. The move is bold considering society’s frequent pushback against MuslimWomen are known for their desire to be free to express themselves. Pew Research Center found that 56 percent of women in 56 countries experienced this. “harassment from individuals or groups – due to clothing that was deemed to violate religious or secular dress norms.” TheNegative criticism can lead to verbal abuse and in some cases, physical violence. Muslim women have even faced discrimination for refusing to remove their headscarves– which some say they have been denied employment as a result.
Despite the backlash The Sealed Nectar Fashion showis leading the discussion about what it means being a leader in a conversation about how to identify as a Black MuslimHow to make a woman happy fashioncan be used to express joy of identity. Participants took part in the show over Zoom this year due to COVID restrictions, but the chatroom was packed with love and admiration for the designer’s pieces. Rahima Shaban displayed her Beautiful Jamila brand during this event showShe shared that she was able. “see”She is able to express her Africanness in a way that is powerful and profound, and she feels at ease.
Nefertari Hazziez of Queens’ Creations said seeing her designs appear in the showIt brought her to tears.
“Muslims in America, we’ve always had the fashion flair but we just weren’t known for that. So I think that one of the differences is that we are being shown more and we’re being seen more,”She explained.