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THE TELEGRAPH FILM

This was a collaborative work with The Telegraph, unveiling the subject of Modest Fashion in a video format. My monologue can be seen in the first half of the film. Meet the influencers bringing modest fashion to the mainstream MODEST FASHION from Emma Nichols on Vimeo. From high-end designers to bloggers and vloggers, in this film, we speak to the influencers who are presenting modest-inspired clothing such as the hijab, the abaya, the burka and the burkini in a new and exciting light. With designer fashion houses including Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY and high street staples Zara and Mango all releasing bespoke modest fashion collections, the integration of the movement into the mainstream is opening doors for leading innovators in the industry. More on telegraph.co.uk  

FREYA MAGAZINE

To Veil Growing up in a European village where I naturally stood out due to my race, people treated me differently and saw me differently. Somehow in their ignorant minds, they could not grasp that there are different races in this colourful world and it bewildered them even more when I started wearing the hijab. It was quiet an experience having to face those kind of people, being asked questions I myself didn’t have answers to back then, getting teased by school kids and starred at by strangers. I knew I was different due to my appearance, but I never understood how I was made to feel different due to my character and personality, when in reality I was just like any other average kid. It vexed me how people had the sense to prejudge me due to a piece of cloth before I even opened my mouth. Of course, in due time I have learned that the hijab is more than a mere piece of cloth; it carries symbolism of religion, culture and even …

JET SET BEAUTY

Interview for Muslim Beauty  JET SET BEAUTY | ZINAH NUR SHARIF Where do I begin? I feel as though any way I introduce Zinah Nur Sharif wouldn’t do enough justice to capture her essence – she is effortlessly cool, steal-her-entire-wardrobe kinda stylish and if I were forced to mention just one thing I love about Zinah, it would be that she is just a breath of fresh air. In the years I’ve worked with and have been friends with her, I’ve come to find that there are very few people out there with the same work ethic, determination, passion and creativity as Zinah; spend a day with her and I’m willing to wager that you’ll leave buzzing and inspired! Read more here. Words | Hafsa Issa-Salwe and Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Jihan Nur Sharif

THE SUNDAY TIMES

This was an article for the Sunday Times Style magazine, where I was interviewed to comment on beauty and hijab. The Modesty Maze Some of the best beauty blogs are by Muslim women. We ask how they reconcile make-up and the hijab Muslim beauty blogs are on the rise, their posts tackling, among other things, how young British Muslim women reconcile wearing the hijab, or headscarf, with beauty and cosmetics. “I find it confusing,” says the Muslim comedian Shazia Mirza, who doesn’t wear a hijab. “How can women cover their hair as a sign of modesty and then plaster their face in make-up? You’re either modest or you’re Rihanna. You can’t have it both ways.” Read more on here. Words | Zinah Nur Sharif Photography | Zakaria Nur Sharif

MARIE CLAIRE INTERVIEW

For Marie Claire April 2015 print issue (now also on the website)  Blending fashion, faith and feminism in empowering new ways, meet the women redefining their religions for a new generation Abstract: Religion is in rapid decline among young people, with only 25 per cent of 16-24-year-olds in Britain saying they believe in God. But millennials of different faiths are galvanising the need for cultural innovation, to ensure their religions remain relevant in an ever-changing world by redefining their religions. There are pop-up kosher restaurants like London’s Kosher Roast, and the ‘Mipsterz’ movement – ‘hipster Muslims’ using make-up and accessories to challenge the view that the hijab is a symbol of oppression. Elsewhere, style blogs including Hijab Style, Muslimah Beauty, Church Girl Chic and Jewish blog Fabologie offer tips on how to conform to modesty with style – and they are attracting thousands of hits every week. Read more here