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MINI TRAVEL SERIES

For FashionMoodz.com How to Travel Smart: Mini Travel Series A second nature of mine is to explore new places, cities and even subjects. A curious being with an enormous interest in everything life has to offer. Whether it is for holidays, city getaways or actually moving to new countries, I’ve been travelling for as long as I can remember. Read More here.

DRESS FOR BETWEEN SEASON

For FashionMoodz.com HOW TO DRESS FOR BETWEEN SEASON It’s the time of the year where we switch our wardrobe from winter clothing to spring/summer! It’s quite an exciting time to see the sun beam again, the trees blossom and the weather getting a little warmer. Though admittedly in London we are still in a transition of season & weather. We haven’t fully put away the winter coats or knitwear…yet! Read more here.

MODEST ELEGANCE

Article for FashionMoodz Modest Elegance You may have come across the terminology ‘modesty’ or ‘modest fashion’. You probably have seen glimpses of articles mentioning the new boom of modest fashion. However, you may not have paid too much attention to it, as it’s generally used for a niche group of women within certain cultures and religions. This is where the origins and importance of modesty gets diluted; tying it to a specific group of people only. Though the word modesty can be used in different context, let’s look at it from a fashion’s perspective. Read more on here.

LOST TIMES

2014 was my first time travelling without parents, prior to that all my travels was with my parents; any country or destination. As I was starting up my business, I thought visiting Kuwait would be a good idea…both to explore the country & venture my business. I went during Ramadan in late July 2014 with my brother. It wasn’t exactly the best idea to get to know the country, as many spent the summer abroad or in their homes (due to the immense heat and the holy month). However Kuwait marked a way forward for me to travel more often. Though I have been sharing my travel journey on my instagram page @thezirkus, it was just in pictures and not writing. My new challenge is to share my travel journeys and what each destination had to offer until I’m up to date…just a heads up, that is going to be 34 different cities between 2014-2018. Photography and Words | Zinah Nur Sharif

CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION

For Amaliah.com  Conscious Consumption: I Shop, Therefore I Am The number of people within the Muslim communities loving fashion has visibly increased over the past decade. Modesty fashion is an ongoing movement that has been picked up online in the late 2008s. More young girls and women are using fashion as a means to demonstrate their Muslim identity. It’s something celebratory, having the freedom to express oneself through the means of fashion. What is concerning, however, is the increase of compulsive consumption. Read more on here.  Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Rongji Sun & Zinah Nur Sharif

DIFFERENT DIRECTION

I’ve started blogging at the age of 21 in 2010, utilising blogger.com as a platform to showcase my creativity. The intentions were to merely show what I love, what relates to my lifestyle as a muslim woman and how I dress. There wasn’t a masterplan behind it, I didn’t think much of it. I was in my second year of university doing my bachelors degree. Somehow, two years later, it became bigger than I have anticipated, took a direction that seemed accidental and coincidental rather than planned. I kept going with it, as I was exploring possibilities of what I would like to do career wise. I enjoyed doing editorials, I had a thrill of meeting new people, I have discovered new communities and I made new friends. It was all exciting…until it wasn’t. Up until 2014, I’ve been consistent, I decided to create a self-named label and focus more on that. I’m sure we’ve all been at a place where we thought we had a passion for something. That was my place then, I …

HEADSCARVES AND HYMENS

For Amaliah.com Book Review: ‘Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution’ by Mona Eltahawy Abstract: I was meant to read this book as part of my master’s dissertation in 2016. Somehow, I didn’t have the heart to face what I assumed to be an anti-headscarf book. I completed my dissertation and didn’t have the courage to even open it once. Two years later, I went out of my way to purchase the book; consciously spontaneous but subconsciously always in my mind. Read more on here. Styling and Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Ty Faruki Makeup | Safiyah M Model | Olivia Ancell (Body London)

REMOVING THE HIJAB

For Huffington Post UK Removing The Hijab Doesn’t Make You A Bad Muslim Abstract: Who could have ever imagined that a piece of cloth could uphold such significant power? We are used to connecting the headscarf with religious obligation, so it only seems logical to think of religion presiding over how Muslim women should dress. However, only some focus on the political, social and cultural influence it conveys. Read more on here.  Styling and Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Ty Faruki Makeup | Safiyah M Model | Simona Bajorinaite