If there's one thing I learned from my second IFB conference, it's that our community is more ecclectic and diverse than I ever imagined. We have members from all over the world, representing an absolute multitude of races, religions, creeds and cultures. IFB is basically this fabulously chic digital melting pot.
Though our vast numbers and widespread characteristics really showed themselves at the conference, I think all these different people can be under-represented in our content. Color me curious, but I just want to know more about all these bloggers who aren't – let's face it – skinny white girls with a camera and a closet. [Editors note: I am perhaps one of these girls, so I get to say that.]
In an effort to explore our community and get to know the different niches that make up the style blogging world, IFB is going to feature successful bloggers who represent the best of their demographic. To kick things off, get to know some of the chic Muslim style bloggers of IFB.
Asma of Haute Muslimah, based in the US (Texas)
On balancing her faith and fashion:
“Personally for me, everything must follow Islamic guidelines first. And I find that almost every trend can be worked into a more modest look. I mean, except if the trend is minis- well, even then I supposed you could rock them with pants. For example stripes were huge last spring, and you can wear them on scarves, dresses, tunics, whatever really. I don't like to limit myself when it comes to fashion.”
On the challenges she faces with her blog:
“The first challenge is taking photos for my blog. It's really difficult to take photos that not only don't show my face, but don't really show the shape of my body too much either. I need the photos to look good, to look stylish, and I still need to maintain my modesty. (Not all Muslim fashion bloggers do this, this is just me personally.) Second, I always try to point out that you can wear something I blog about however you want. If you're a modest dresser, then work it. If you're not, then you can still wear the trend or style in a different way.”
Hana of Style Covered, based in the UK
On how her religion impacts her day-to-day style…
“I’m a convert to Islam; I didn’t always dress this way. The main thing is that I feel covered. By that, I do of course mean literally i.e. wearing a scarf and covering my body, but it’s as much a state of mind. To know that it is actually possible to feel beautiful without being sexy. It also comes down to simplicity and shunning the ‘excess’ that comes with fashion. Most of the time I’m working from home or with girlfriends so I don’t even think about covering up, but going out just means I pick from a different set of clothes, or add a layer or two.”
On the challenges she faces marrying fashion and her faith…
There are always challenges in getting what you look like to be reflective of who you are, and having lived both, I think it’s no more or less difficult having to cover. It’s just different. A different aesthetic. It took a while to get to know myself this way, but it was exciting being able to experiment and having a whole new set of tools to play about with.
On the Muslim style blogging community…
“Being a part of such a small community of bloggers (especially when I first started) you get to know everyone. We’d do our best to support what everyone else was doing because we know first hand how hard it can be. But it’s also vibrant and a great network to be a part of. Different countries all have their own particular style, and it’s wonderful to have such a diverse cross-section of style at your fingertips.”
Miss Hijabi of Miss Hijabi, based in Australia
On the Hijab, and what it means…
On the Muslim style blogging community and representation in the media…
We would love your feedback on this post, and whether you would like to see more like it in the future! Do you feel like any special niches of bloggers should be highlighted on IFB? Let us know!
[Images credits: Hijabs High; Haute Muslimah; StyleCovered; Miss Hijabi]