Monday, June 22, 2009

Hijab Stylist Nanees

I'm sure you've all seen these pictures before. They are pretty famous on the net, with facebook hijab groups and Muslimah bloggers... Love it or hate 'em, they have inspired many and their influence cannot be mitigated or defined by those who have taken these images up---the haraam police against the clothed-but naked overly made-up "hijabis" , the clothed-but naked overly made-up "hijabis", and the stylish muhajababes who know their sunnah but like pretty things... Um, sorry to sound sooooooo labelling, but I find the first two categories usually only know part of something, and are too lazy to look the other half up or are repeating what someone else said without their own understanding or justifcation. Ahhhhhh. LOL, done ranting now. But these looks really did help me in realizing, that while I could not agree with the styles themselves at times, I could take inspiration from them, and make them into something halal and still.... me.One of the earliest hijab stylists whose designs were featured online is Egyptian Nanees Selim http://naneesselim.com/nanees_selim/about_nanees.html. Many were horrified that her designs were called "hijab" and many were happy for the breath of fresh air that incorporated clothing other than "arab black" into the scene. More girls started wearing hijab, alhamdulilah. When the haraam police called them out (rudely, or even rightly) SOME of them started reading to prove those nay-sayers wrong, and they learnt things, improved their hijabs, but didn't give up the techniques and personality they learned. They knew something was wrong with what the "haraam police said" but they realized there was more to hijab than a headband headscarf. They kept the personality but left off the sexy. Alhamdulilah. Ladies, keep the personality, leave off the sexy, learn the techniques, so you can halal-ify any hijab look that strikes your eye.
For more of Nanees Selim's techniques see this post where her videos are collected http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/videos-techniques-for-styling-hijab.html.

4 comments:

CareMuslimah said...

OMG those first few pics made me realize (when I was starting to learn about Hijab) that Hijab didn't mean UGLY.. Even though I don't wear stuff like that (tight.. etc) But idk.. when you're starting you can't just immediately do everything RIGHT, it was just inspiring

Aalia said...

Asalaamu `alaikum!!

I like the orange with purple plaid colors!!

Stylecoach said...

I like them all, its really awesome and beautiful...

jody said...

very
nice

thanks