Hijab is now standard dress for Muslim women in many countries where it was relatively rare as little as 10 years ago.
One reason for this is that hijab lets women wear makeup and be fashionable without being considered irreligious. That is, a woman can be a “good Muslim” and still be fashionable. But some are concerned that the pressure to conform to a standard of acceptable religious dress is increasing—that hijab isn’t considered religious enough if too much fashion is displayed. One thing is sure: there’s a fusion going on in the Muslim fashion world that no one would have imagined a few years ago. Before most women who wore hijab avoided drawing attention to themselves, which was the whole point of hijab. Some Muslim women strongly object, saying that this makes light of the very real struggle of millions of women who are forced to wear hijab or be punished.
But there will be no stopping the new revitalization of hijab as fashion, as this BBC news clip suggests.