Many Muslim women have managed to break the stereotype of veiled women in the West, and they have imposed their presence strongly in several fields.
In a report published by ” glamourmagazine ” magazine in its British version, writer Aisha Aleem reviews a number of success stories of veiled women in the media, sports, art and fashion. Read also I man Judeh … the first Palestinian Muslim to reach the US Congress from Colorado”The Voice of Diversity” .. The appointment of the first veiled female judge in Britain Britain gives the green light for veiled police women’s uniform Malaysian Yuna … the veil is not an obstacle to singing and fame
Rafia Arshad, the first veiled judge in Britain
Last year, Ravia Arshad became the UK’s first veiled judge, as she was appointed to the Midlands circuit as a specialist in Islamic family affairs and Islamic law. Rafia, 40, a mother of 3, took the position thanks to her 17 years of legal experience.
Rafia had to prove her adherence to her Islamic identity on more than one occasion, as she had previously conducted an interview in order to obtain a scholarship and her family members advised her to remove the veil so that she would not face any problems, but she refused to give up her hijab and finally got a scholarship and continued her studies.
Rafia had dreamed of working in the judiciary from an early age, but she had doubts about the possibility of achieving her dream because of the veil, but she was able to break the barriers. Today, it hopes to contribute to the consolidation of the climate of diversity in the field of work.
Zina Ali, the first veiled policewoman in New Zealand
Zeina is New Zealand’s first veiled policewoman, and she helped develop the New Zealand Police official headscarf. Zina was born in Fiji and moved to New Zealand with her family when she was a child. She says she considered joining the police after the terrorist attack on the two mosques in Christchurch.
Zeina expressed her pride in representing veiled women in the police, stressing that it will not be difficult for Muslim women to work in this field in the future because they will not have to remove the veil.
Fatima Monji, the first broadcaster veiled on screen in Britain
Fatima is a journalist for British Channel 4, and the first veiled broadcaster to appear on screen in Britain. She studied political science and graduated from the London School of Economics. She previously worked for the BBC before moving to Channel 4 and appearing in newscasts, which caused a sensation in Britain.
Belqis Abdelkader, the first female hijab player in the basketball competitions in America
Belkis Abdelkader is the first female player to appear in the hijab in the first division basketball competitions for universities in the United States. When she was unable to join the professional league in 2014, Belkis was looking to become a professional in Europe, but FIFA regulations forbade wearing headscarves.
Belqis did not give up her veil and joined a global campaign aimed at combating discrimination in the sport of basketball, and in 2017 the International Federation agreed to allow the wearing of headscarves during matches.
Belqis later founded the movement “MUSLIM GIRLS HOOP TOO”, which aims to encourage Muslim girls to practice sports without giving up their identity.
Zahra Lari, the first Gulf Arab to compete in hijab skiing
When she was 17 years old, Emirati Zahra became the first veiled woman from a Gulf country to compete in figure skating on an international level. At the age of 11, she was affected by the movie Snow Princess and this changed her life completely, as she persuaded her father to attend classes to learn skiing, and then found herself waking up at dawn to train before going to school, and later made her way towards professionalizing this sport.
Zahra is currently working to encourage girls in many countries to practice skiing and other sports.
Maria Idrissi is the first veiled woman to appear in a Western fashion campaign
In 2015, Maria Idrissi became the first veiled model to appear in a fashion campaign in the West, by appearing in an advertisement for the “H&M” brand. She has since worked with brands such as Marks & Spencer and MAC products in the Middle East and is involved in film projects that challenge stereotypes about Muslims.
Yuna is a Malaysian veiled singer
Yuna is a Malaysian veiled singer, who started her career in university while studying law and posted her songs on social media to achieve wider success. Yona started writing her songs when she was 14 years old and learned to play the guitar on her own.
Yona announced at the beginning of the month of Ramadan that she is currently working on producing a group of veiled clothes with a Malaysian company.
Nora Afia is the first veiled ambassador for the cosmetics company
She is the first veiled ambassador for cosmetics company COVERGIRL. In the past, Nora was not sure of her desire to wear the veil, but now she confirms her pride in representing veiled women in the world of makeup and beauty.