When you see a fashion blogger looking flawless on Instagram, it’s easy to assume that they’ve always been masters of their own style.
That’s definitely not the case. One fashion blogger, Naballah Chi, took to her site this week to explain her emotional journey with style and wearing her hijab, explaining that she often considering giving up her headscarf.
‘I had sometimes felt that wearing hijab did not allow me to reach my true potential,’ she wrote. ‘I often felt that I couldn’t participate in certain activities with my hijab, and so this feeling had taken me down a road that I never want to travel on again.’
She goes on to describe her experiences in a beauty pageant, which left her lost, wearing the hijab for some events but not for others.
‘I was the only woman wearing hijab in the competition,’ Naballah told metro.co.uk.
After that experience, Naballah decided to refocus on her faith. Her emotional journey has led her to a place of acceptance.
She now embraces her hijab and has dedicated her blog to helping women around the world to style their hijab in ways that make them feel good.
‘To me the hijab not only represents an obligation, modesty, purity, righteousness and protection, but [it] truly is the ultimate state of respect and liberation,’ she wrote.
‘It’s straightforward,’ Naballah told metro.co.uk. ‘I love my faith and I also love being stylish and fashionable – but my faith comes first because it is what gives me direction; it is what I stand for and stand by.’
‘There is nothing wrong with being a stylish Muslimah, as long as its within the boundaries of Islamic requirements.’
‘Faith dwells on the inner beauty and fashion and style deals with the outer beauty.’
‘I love my Muslim identity. I think my hijab is refreshing and empowering. It’s a shame that the significance of Hijab is understood by so few.’
Naballah has now made a name for herself with her confident, bold, and colourful style, which she documents on her blog, YouTube, and Instagram.
‘I love all colours,’ Naballah told us. ‘I don’t ever deliberately set out to blend in the background. I don’t even think that’s possible as a Hijabi woman.’
‘Once I have a Hijab on my head I’m easily visible, even if I’m in all black.’
‘I think confidence is a state of mind and part of my confidence has to do with the fact that I’m highly self motivated. I don’t care about what people say or think about me.’
‘If I’m ever criticised and theres something good to take away from the criticism, I use it as a learning experience and move on.’
And to those young women who are struggling with their own journey with the hijab, Naballah has these words of wisdom: ‘Learn about Hijab and why Muslim women wear it.’
‘Research online, read books or talk to someone with Islamic knowledge. This can help dispel any misconceptions or insecurities about Hijab.’
‘Never feel that you are alone.’