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Friday, 20 November 2015

Life Wearing The Hijab feat. Fatima Patel


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    I contacted the beautiful Fatima a while back asking if she wanted to be in an interview of mine relating to what life is like wearing the hijab. I just want to quickly thank Fatima for saying yes and doing this interview because she was filled with positivity and inspiration.

I asked Fatima questions on things I have been asked before, or what some people would like to know and are not sure about. I must admit some of Fatima's answers are funny ;) and others touched my heart!
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Fatima done a wonderful job answering the questions and without making you all wait more, let's begin...

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1. Can you explain a little about yourself please?
Hello there! My name is Fatima & I am 18 years old. I am a Muslim blogger who has been blogging for over a year now. I go by the name of La Vie De Beauté for my blog which simply means ' The Beauty of Life' :) I also started my own YouTube channel not too long ago :)

2. What is the hijab?
The hijab is a headscarf which is a long piece of material that is worn and wrapped around on the head in to place so that you are able to cover your hair. Depending on the length of your hijab you can also cover the chest area.

3. Why do you wear the hijab?
The main reason behind wearing the hijab is to cover yourself and for modesty. It is also part of Islam because in the Quran it tells Muslims to cover themselves.

4. Are you forced to wear the hijab? Is it your choice? Or can you have a choice?
Now many people who may not have much knowledge about Islam may think that people are forced in to wearing the hijab and this is completely untrue. I was never put in a position which made me feel like I HAD to wear the hijab or was being forced too. It was out of my own free will and happiness to wear one. The hijab pretty much now forms a part of my identity. If I didn't have my hijab I just wouldn't feel like myself. Wearing a hijab is totally your choice. No one will ever force you to wear it. However many women wear it as they believe that it is a religious obligation. If you did however want to start wearing a hijab and you haven't worn one previously then I would say go ahead and don't be afraid of what people will think or say <3

5. Do you have hair?
YESS! Of course I do. I'm just like any other human! xP

6. Who can see your hair?
No one really other than my immediate family as I usually keep my scarf on whenever I am out.

7. Do you shower with the hijab on? Is it waterproof? Do you sleep with it? Do you not get hot with the hijab on?
 No I don't shower with my hijab on and I don't sleep with it on either. I do take it off when I go in to the shower else it would get wet! Which then leads me to my next point that the hijab isn't waterproof. It's made out of fabric which of course does get wet. I usually take my hijab off when I am at home :)
I honestly don't get hot with my hijab on. Maybe the odd few times but as an all rounder it's pretty good! The material of the hijab is just generally lightweight and the one I like to wear isn't made out of a thick material which is why it's so great for all year round. However, having said that, in the summer depending on how hot it gets, it's the perfect time to explore and experiment with different hijab styles so that you don't feel too hot and stuffy.

8. When can you take the hijab off?
Whenever I am at home I tend to take my hijab off but that's only around my family. If there are guests or people coming over I put it on but generally take it off when I'm just chilling and relaxing at home :)

9. Why do you hide your hair? Why do you hide your beauty?
'The sun doesn't lose its beauty when covered by the clouds, the same way your beauty doesn't fade when being covered by the hijab.' That quote pretty much says it all.<3 Wearing the hijab doesn't take away the beauty, I feel it brings out the beauty of a person!

10. Are you comfortable with wearing the hijab?
Yes I am because I have been wearing it for so many years now and it's become part of me so it's just the norm now.

11. Have you ever been targeted because of wearing the hijab?
 Luckily No. I feel very blessed that the area that I live in is full of Asians and is quite multicultural so you do see a lot of hijabis around and people tend to respect whatever religion you are.
This is just my experience but in other places it is very tough for people because they are easily judged for the hijab as media has portrayed a very bad image for Muslims unfortunately. :(

12. Do you ever get sick wearing the hijab?
No! I absolutely love wearing it. There hasn't been a time where I felt as though I was sick of wearing it alhamdulillah!

13. Can you get the hijab in different colours?
You can get the hijab in so many gorgeous colours, designs and styles! The amount of colours and designs you find these days are is pretty endless but there are loads of hijabs out there.

14. Can you do different styles with the hijab?
Yes! If you were to look on YouTube you would find tons of tutorials on how to do different hijab styles! There are so many different ways of doing different styles which have been influenced by different cultures. There's also other styles which are especially great for certain face shapes. It's kind of like watching hair tutorials but just with a hijab ;)

15. Do you have a signature hijab style that you always do? If so, can you explain a little about it?
 I feel as though many hijab styles just don't suit my face shape but yes I have a signature style hijab! It's really simple and would suit anyone. It's basically a simple hijab wrapped around with a few layers & pinned in to place :)

16. Do you ever find it hard to ‘fit in’ society?
Where I come from I think that it's not hard to fit in to the society because there are a lot of people who are just like me and are hijabis so that's amazing but there are times where I feel like it is hard to fit in to society and feel as though I am restricted because I wear the hijab. By this I mean you have to be a lot more careful with what you do. Another thing is people will look at you and judge you because you are wearing the hijab. I feel there are certain things which every hijabi goes through and finds difficult within society.

17. I know that you are a fashion blogger so how does that work with you wearing a hijab? Is it not hard to stay modest? And how do you match your hijab with your outfit?
Who says you can't incorporate fashion with the hijab? Of course it's possible :D obviously everyone has their own sense of style and there are tons of different coloured hijabs you can buy in stores as well as online so making sure you have a matching hijab can be fixed easily. However, most of the time you will see me wearing a black hijab just because it goes with everything & I feel as though coloured hijabs don't look as good on me :( (I think that's just because I'm so used to wearing black that I find coloured scarfs just don't suit me :'( )
If I'm totally honest, putting an outfit together and making sure it's modest at the same time is difficult at times for me but I do try my best to make sure that I make it look fashionable but also maintain the modesty.

18.  Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from different places and people. I love watching Youtubers as many of them really really do inspire me. My favourite Muslim YouTuber would probably have to be Dina Tokio. Her fashion and sense of style is always on point. Not only that she has such a lovely personality and she is generally really inspirational :) I also get inspired by other Instagrammers and from magazines when I see pictures of an outfit and I will think to my self 'ooh that looks quite nice' so I kind of tweak the outfit to make it fit in with my style.

19. Can you link one of your favourite fashion outfits posts you have done?
Yessss! One of my fave fashion outfits would have to be the one I wore on Eid. (Islamic celebration). It's quite simple but I love the colour combination and the final look of it. I will link it if you fancy having a quick look. Link here.

20. That is a beautiful outfit! I love the pictures you take.
 If someone who wears a hijab wants to be a blogger or a fashion blogger what would your advice be to them?I would tell them to go for it! :) Hijab doesn't come in the way of being a blogger at all! In fact I think people would love to read beauty and fashion blogs from someone who wears a hijab especially the Muslim teenagers of today's generation just to help them for inspiration or ideas with fashion and beauty. If you want to do something then go ahead and do it  <3 Don't be afraid to chase after something you really want to do! If it makes you happy then you should do it :)

21. Would you like to add anything else?
Urmm.. No as far as I can think of I think I've added everything I've wanted to add in the answers :)
Thank you for your Lovely questions. I hope I have answered them okay :)
-Love, Fatima xo


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Thank you very much Fatima!
You were full of inspiration and I loved all your answers! I know I learned a thing or two.
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I hope you all enjoyed reading this post, and learned a thing or two from it. If you have a question unanswered then leave it below and myself, or Fatima will be happy to answer it for you.

I would like to know what you all thought of this post- so leave a comment below.
I can't wait to read your comments and to interact with you all!

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  1. This was such an interesting interview to read because I didn't really know much on the topic and now I feel like my eyes have been opened x

    Beauty with charm

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  2. This was an amazing and very helpful post, hon. I loved getting to know more info behind the hijab and why it is worn, etc. I do respect other people's culture, religion, choices. Huge bonus is when they are peace-makers and lovely human beings :) I do think the idea of modesty is so forgotten and underrated nowadays. I will never share on the blog anything that goes against my faith, spiritual and moral values and my upbringing. I surely respect girls who do the same. No one cancelled modesty and appreciation of a woman's beauty which never should be displayed in a vulgar way.
    Thoroughly enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing, hon.
    xox Nadia
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  3. Personally, I think hijabs are a beautiful accessory. I would wear them just because they're so beautiful, but I don't want to come off as disrespectful you know? But this interview gave me some excellent insight on the hijab -- I learned a few things actually :)
    Love your little blog! It's so full of positivity, which I love.

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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  4. A wonderful post Ramsha. Bravo!

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  5. I am SO happy that you featured and held such a meaningful interview with Fatima, it is honestly about time people truly understand how hijabs work and what the meaning is behind them. Ignorance can really hold us back, so things like this are so important. Thank you for conducting such a great interview and thank you to Fatima for being so well thought out and explanatory in her answers.

    Raashi
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  6. I like your eyes very much!

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  7. Awesome post, dear! It lets us into another world learning more about other cultures. Well done, Rose! Thanks so much for sharing, Fatima! xoxo

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  8. This was both educational and very interesting to read! I really love Fatima's styling with the embellished top and blush pink skirt :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  9. It was such an inspiring interview. So good to read all the answers & thanks Fatima for being all open and honest with us :)

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  10. This is such a great interview (some of these questions are so funny and made me giggle-might be because I know about hijab) and I really like that quote! x

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  11. Hi love, how are you?
    Great post as usual, love it.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
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  12. This is a very informative and helpful topic for people that are not aware of this.
    I'm livin' in the arab country so I know some of it.

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  13. Thankyou Ramsha for featuring me on your blog :) It was a pleasure answering the questions for you. I was just reading all the above comments and wanted to say it's lovely to have such positive feedback. I hope my answers did help any of you who wanted to know more about the hijab and I'm glad people enjoyed it. Oh & thanks to everyone for all the sweet, kind comments :*
    Lots of love xxx

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  14. I absolutely loved reading this! Such an intelligent, beautiful interview!
    WritingMonique

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  16. Very interesting interview!! Fatima has a very fresh perspective into fashion and style.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andrea.

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  17. Great interview! It was definitely a humbling eye-opener to a lot of us!

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  18. No. 7 made me laugh because that is what non-muslim women have asked in the past :)

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  19. This is such a lovely interview, it's so nice to read about the hijab portrayed as such a positive experience for once, instead of the awful things we're always hearing in the media sadly. Great interview! :)
    xo Kiki
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  20. Amazing interview! Thanks for sharing xx

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