"The less fabric, the better”: That isn’t something you often hear in discussions pertaining to modest fashion. This practical style advice appeared in a June email titled “Read this before you protest in hijab” from American headscarf brand Haute Hijab, along with advice like “tuck in your hijab,” “do not wear pins,” and “bring an extra hijab” in case you’re tear-gassed, as the “residue will stay on your original scarf and potentially get back into your eyes and skin.” The advice was sent to support the Muslim women on the front lines in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. Some conservative communities still separate Muslim women from public spheres, but there’s a resounding number who are determined to stand up for righteousness, and 2020 has set the scene for throngs of female Muslims to take public stances in protest, including rallying against racism and advocating for body autonomy.
“If I could distill down our faith into one word, for me, it would be justice,” Melanie Elturk, CEO of Haute Hijab, tells Teen Vogue. This mirrors verse 135 of the Quran’s fourth chapter, The Women, which states, “Stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah, even if it is against yourselves, your parents or close relatives.”