Today’s women seek inspiration from a myriad of sources. A woman who has been a leaf of inspiration for many hijab-donning (and other) women out there is the Emirati style influencer Hind Al Madani. She has managed to capture hearts and fashion trends from around the world without ever having shown her face on Instagram. Let’s read her story and get to know why this style blogger has become such a hit amongst hijabi women:
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Hind Al Madani and I am a passionate Emirati lifestyle blogger and style influencer. I have an educational background in Fine Arts along with an MBA in Business Administration. My love for fashion and travel was the biggest motivation to start my blogging journey. Through it, I try and reach my goal of inspiring women across the globe through my day-to-day life activities.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I describe my personal style as chic, elegant and modest with a sprinkle of confidence. I always like to experiment with different types of fabrics, patterns and colours which has really helped me understand how to dress according to my body shape and size. I am not afraid to be a bit edgy as long as I stay true to my style and identity.
WHAT’S THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HIJAB FOR A MUSLIM WOMAN, AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT?
Hijab is the ultimate form of modesty for a Muslim woman. It depicts both religion and culture. What I love most about the hijab is that it adds to my identity. In today’s world, the hijab has evolved so much that it is now styled in many different ways without taking away from being modest. I personally love to experiment with different hijab colours and materials to fit my personal style on many different occasions.
WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR CULTURE PLAY IN YOUR FASHION CHOICES?
My culture fits perfectly with my fashion choice and style. Ever since I was younger, my style has always been modest even before I decided to wear the abaya. Coming from the traditional Khaleeji culture, I decided to take it upon myself and use my Instagram page as a medium of show the world that abayas can be stylish and modern too.
DO YOU EVER FEEL LIMITED BY FASHION BRANDS?
In the past, I felt very limited because most of the brands were Western and catered to Western styles and choices. But that is no longer an issue for me, and for many women who fall under the modest category. Many Muslim Arab and non-Arab designers have emerged in the fashion market and today, the choices are limitless. This has forced Western designers to acknowledge the birth of a new fashion era called “modesty” and add it to their fashion palette. Many are now catering to this type of style. It was a very proud moment when H&M decided to shoot a hijabi model and start their first ever modest fashion line.
WHO DO YOU LOOK TO FOR FASHION INSPIRATION?
When it comes to inspiration, it’s not a matter of who, but of what and where. I get my inspiration from the most uncommon things anyone can think of. I always think of my style as special and unique. Instead of getting my inspiration from individuals, I elicit from objects and places. This could be a beautifully designed invitation box or even a garden of roses. Inspiration is everywhere and it is limitless.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONLY ONE ACCESSORY TO ‘SPICE UP’ YOUR OUTFIT, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I would usually say both a bag and shoes, but if I had to choose one item, it would definitely be a bag. Unlike many people who opt for shoes and believe that it is the first thing someone will notice about you, I feel that having a stunning bag that compliments your outfit will give you more credit.
WESTERN MEDIA TENDS TO PORTRAY THE MOST FASHIONABLE WOMEN AS NON-HIJAB WEARING. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
Although I see this as unjust, sometimes it does not bother me at all. Being fashionable was never about showing the maximum amount of skin or by exposing your hair as an accessory to your outfit. It is more about an individual’s sense of style from head to toe, regardless of what is being exposed. It is not about how little you wear, but more of how you wear it. We can’t change the views of Western media about fashion. What we can do is surely continue to excel in our own fashion sense.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE CHANGED IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY?
Now that there is an awareness, I would like to see more brands embracing the modest fashion line and acknowledge its power in the fashion industry. I also want to see more hijabi models being used as a face for many different brands to represent the modest community internationally. And lastly, I would really love if there was a fashion show or competition dedicated to modest fashion and hijabis that is aired internationally for the world to see.