Modest fashion has always been surrounded by an aura of negativity. Whether this be in response to religious tensions, political rhetoric or just plain old rudeness… it’s a style that’s wrongly perceived as boring and restrictive. This is so far from the truth. What is often labelled as a regressive style, is actually a freeing and experimental mode for hijabi women.
JewelStreet’s core value is to retain the diversity and unique identity of all jewellery wearers. Our independent jewellers handcraft jewellery in different locations around the world. Different cultures, languages and artistic preferences are fed into their designs. We have built a community where we value these differences, and we strive to make minority voices heard.
With that being said, here’s the lowdown on which hijabi fashion bloggers you should be following on the gram. Get ready for some swoon-worthy style and mesmerising fashion photography. These are strong women who are posting their style in an unapologetic and fierce way, projecting their voices into the retail realm.
Soha is an Egyptian fashion designer and stylist who spends her time between the beautiful landscapes of Dubai and Al Ain. You don’t need to wait around for golden hour when you’re living in a permanently golden climate like this. As expected, Soha’s feed radiates warmth and clarity. Clean backdrops and a neutral colour palette combine to create an aesthetic that channels effortless style.
Maria Alia is an influencer and model of Palestinian and Puerto Rican descent, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Maria writes that her social media presence was built upon a knack for mixing her rich culture and beliefs with her penchant for fashion and design.
Maria views her freelance work as an important avenue to form a dialogue, not only one of cultural significance, but also of raw acceptance, inclusivity and kindness. Authenticity is another important motivation for Maria. She simply refuses to be anything but her unique self, and will never let trends alter her aesthetic.
Another hijabi influencer to keep an eye on is the beautiful Hodan Yusuf. Hers is an Instagram feed that cultivates inspiring content and thought-provoking style combinations. Hodan’s clothing and accessories challenge the inadaptable and highly saturated modern beauty industry. Her feed is one of many that fight against its overtly westernised and whitewashed preferences.
Social media is an avenue through which voices like Hodan’s can be heard. Fashion communication in the diverse digital space has altered the industry forever. Follow Hodan for more thought-provoking ideas, charming captions, and oh-so-much colour.
Mariah Idriss is a model, creative consultant and public speaker who loves to showcase her elegant and expressive style through her Insta. She initially gained recognition for being the first Muslim hijab-wearing model after appearing in H&M’s “Close the Loop” campaign in 2015. Since then, Mariah has become a leading voice for minorities in the fashion industry. It’s so important to give an equal spotlight to those of different shapes, genders, religions and backgrounds.
Amena is a British influencer, wife and mum who has a serious passion for style. Makeup, fashion, food… you name it, she’s covered it. Her Instagram feed is a safe place to express your unique style and independence. You’ll also be excited to know that Amena has a popular YouTube channel too. Here, she’s been known to post styling videos, advice clips and general talks to make people more knowledgeable about modest dress.
We’ve also been loving Ascia’s feed so far this year. She is a Kuwaiti and American business owner, beauty guru and fashion fiend. Those of you who have been supporters of Ascia for some time will recognise her keen eye for a powerful outfit ensemble. Her style is the envy of all the JewelStreet team, and we eagerly await her newest colour combinations. Refreshing and innovative are words that come to mind when you think of Ascia.
Saufeeya Bint Goodson is currently living in the glorious location of Dubai. Incredible fashion photography and impeccable lighting are part and parcel of following this Instagram account. Each image is styled to perfection, and conjures dream-like images of the style we all wish to have. Saufeeya can arrange an outfit that looks like it came straight out of a magazine editorial. Her product recommendations are some of the best in the industry. She’s the woman to put your trust in.
Hanyeh is an Iranian born and Michigan living influencer who loves to break stereotypes on the daily. She is a self confessed accountant by day and blogger by night. She writes in her bio that “Every religion has a trait and the trait of Islam is Modesty” which is the underlying message of acceptance that appears within every single post. Hanyeh shared her health, fashion, beauty and lifestyle tips with her community. They put their trust in her because of her honesty and openness about everything she does. Follow her for classic and chic fashion inspiration.