042314 The Hijab Project 2

042314 The Hijab Project 1

Sixteen-year-old Amara Majeed has observed that “a woman needn’t have a different skin color, a foreign accent, or an unusual name because when she decides to wrap a piece of cloth around her head, she immediately becomes ‘un-American,’ or ‘foreign.’”

So the American Muslim teen launched The Hijab Project, a website that allows hijab-wearing women to share their experiences and encourages non-Muslim women to wear hijabs and then write about their observations. The aim is to foster mutual understanding and communication between Muslim and non-Muslim women in America .

Granted, the practice of non-Muslim women trying out the hijab, or hijab tourism, is somewhat controversial and has triggered a #NoToHijabAppropriation hashtag. But Majeed still feels the experience can be “extremely valuable.”

“People see me for who I am rather than what I look like,” Majeed tells Bustle.

Each of the contributors to the site also has a story about ignorance or discrimination they’ve faced while wearing the hijab. Many recall being singled out in airports, labeled as terrorists, or treated as if they were “quiet, vulnerable, weak, stupid, or otherwise simple-minded.”

But by allowing women from both sides to speak, Majeed hopes things can change for the better.

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  • Ivory

    She wants women to wear hijab for a day but she won’t go barehead for a day to understand non Muslim women? I love her confidence.

    • Miss Sisie

      Are you serious? Bare headed women aren’t the ones facing discrimination. It’s like asking black people to wear white masks to better understand the “troubles” of being white…

  • Aiych

    “People see me for who I am rather than what I look like,” — uh, covering up your hair doesn’t mean that people will suddenly not see you for what you look like. They’ll still judge you, still scrutinize your appearance, and still decide whether or not they find you attractive physically. A hijab won’t stop that.

    • Miss Sisie

      To ignorant people, a hijab adds one more thing not to like u for that wouldn’t be there if you don’t have one. This shouldn’t be the case and people shouldn’t be judged for their religious beliefs, especially if they’re not hurting anyone.

  • Sistahsecret

    This idea is good for bad hair days.