H&M Features the First Hijab

So how cool was it for H&M, the world’s 2nd largest retailer to hire a model wearing a hijab. For some of you hearing about this for the first time might be thinking, “Okay, now what?” I know that was me too. That is, until I realized that no one had ever featured a Muslim model with a hijab.  Seeing women in hijabs are such a norm in today’s society, it never even dawned on me that I’d never seen it before.

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When Mariah Idrissi was asked to feature in a fashion video her reply was, “Are you sure they know I wear a hijab?” During a telephone interview, she was asked why she thought H&M were okay with her hijab she replied, “It might be because hijab fashion has boomed in the last few years and to finally see a hijabi [a woman who wears a hijab] in mainstream fashion is a big achievement,”

150929150007-hm-hijab-model-large-169Mariah was born and raised in London to a Pakistani mother and a Moroccan father. It wasn’t until she was 17 when she decided to start wearing a hijabi. “Being a Muslim or not, I’ve always had interests naturally in history or religious studies,” she says. “I spent 10 years in Islamic school, that is a big factor, plus doing the Nasheeds as a teenager made me closer to my faith. I’ve always had elements of Islam in my life.”

This is definitely a huge achievement for her as well as all Muslim women, rock on Trendsetters!

'Hijab fashion has boomed in the last few years,' Idrissi says.

‘Hijab fashion has boomed in the last few years,’ Idrissi says.

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