Known for its colourful capital, white-sand beaches, salsa, cigars and rum, Cuba forms the perfect destination for a fun vacay. It is the largest island in the Caribbean and is a multiethnic country with many influences from diverse origins.
Three weeks ago my crowd funding campaign for Hijab Unravelled went live on the Dutch platform voordekunst.nl. Since then a staggering 41% of the total amount has been raised: I couldn't be more proud!
Every two years Naarden hosts the Naarden Foto Festival: a photography exhibition featuring the latest developments within the Dutch photography scene, honouring tradition whilst looking towards the future.
According to the dictionary a fashionista is "someone who follows trends in the fashion industry and strives continually to adopt the latest fashions". A hijab is "a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by muslimahs".
Of all the women I have spoken to and met for my documentary project Hijab Unravelled, this has - by far - been the easiest conversation to date. Usually it takes some time to get to know each other, to feel at ease and for the women in question to discover the true definition of their hijab.
Hijab Unravelled is a documentary and a personal interpretation of the meaning of the hijab for all the women I come across through my work and in my life. For some women it's literally their comfort zone or something to "hide" behind,
"Never judge a book by its cover cause you never know what you might discover. Hijab Unravelled's ambition is to show you the various definitions of the hijab. Not only is it these girls' religion, it can also be part of a tradition, fashion or an expression of their passion. So click to explore, the internet opens this door. Relax and sit back with your coffee or tea, you might be surprised by the diversity you will get to see."
The Islamic women's fashion programme Hijab Stailista TV9 (Malaysian TV) struck down in our very own cosmopolitan Amsterdam last week. After their successful first season travelling the globe to interview hijabistas, they came to The Netherlands to interview (amongst others) Hijabvisers for the second season.