I was born in Newcastle, Australia to my parents who migrated here from Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Sydney and graduated with an International Studies degree. I currently work in the public service but also volunteer for a community organisation called Mission of Hope.
The first photo was taken in the town of Orgiva, Spain. The outfit was put together from all my Australian clothes though! I was inspired by the way that the native Spanish Muslim women wore their headscarves, many with an eclectic range of accompanying bracelets and earings and enough layering to feel confidently modest.
The second photograph was creatively taken by a friend when we were in the Mango Store of London. The hat I purchased in a souk in Granada, Spain. My dress (from Zara) was borrowed from a friend who had borrowed it off another friend. My friends and I like to share and borrow clothes. We like to maintain a spirit of detachment from materials such as clothing, and sharing your clothes is a great way to stay grounded but experiment with different styles while you’re at it!
The third picture was a candid shot taken by a friend in a Parramatta restaurant. The scarf was purchased from Sportsgirl.
The last photo was taken on a trip to Melbourne. At the moment I have fallen in love with midi-length dresses. I wear a lot of dresses. Autumn fashion allows for some warm earthy colours, which is my usual palette anyway and it also allows for some nice layering. With everything I wear, I like to add a touch of good pattern, hence the Aztec print green scarf.
I don’t fit the generalisation many people hold of “what a Muslim looks like”.
As for me, I tend to find that my sort of style is quite unique. I combine faith, modesty and fashion all in one.
This photo captures the freedom and fierceness of the powerful bird who is Fatima Kandil.