From Oppression to Fashion

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Originally, the following OpEd was published on Huffington Post on January 19, 2016, written by Nudar Chowdhury.

The recent release of Dolce & Gabbana’s clothing line featuring abayas and hijabs for Middle Eastern women has received notable admiration from the general public —praising the company for its inclusion of modest Middle Eastern culture and for its “enchanting visual story about the grace and beauty of the marvelous women of Arabia.”

Let’s start off by mentioning that inclusion is greatly commendable especially when taking into account the recent backlash against Middle Easterners and Muslims due to the growing global unrest. However, what the media and the company fail to mention is the persecution that regularly follows Muslim women who choose to dress in such a modest fashion — a fashion that was significantly less popular before the release of Dolce and Gabbana’s clothing line.

These are women who walk city and suburban streets with their children and are called terrorists. Women who go to job interviews and are rejected for unknown reasons. Women who walk to school and have their hijab pulled off by an unknown passerby. Women who are pushed onto subway tracks. Women who struggle to do basic tasks every day in a society that continues to reject them because of media bias and political statements.

Follow the story on Huffington Post.

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