All this shows is the gross hypocrisy that is Islam.
The veil is an Islamic religious/political symbol in which the wearers of the garment attempt show their (false) piety in public, by being seen as downplaying their looks in order to not attract attention to themselves. They are supposedly just folding themselves into the sea of mass humanity, faceless, colorless, because that’s what Allah expects from them. Got it? So here we have a story that highlights the exact opposite.
Leopardprint with attitude, covered in flowers and bows, or sleek black with gold chains. Sara Shamsavari’s street-style portraits capture young women in veils of a dizzying array of colours and fashions. The Iranian-born photographer was inspired to create the pictures, being exhibited to coincide with International Women’s Day, to celebrate how the head coverings had led to an outpouring of creativity and originality in the way they are worn.
Shamsavari visited different areas of London to take 100 images, 50 of which will go on display in the Royal Festival Hall in London. “They were all people I saw while out walking, so the project had that element of excitement about it,” she says. “I didn’t know who I would see, and then I would find myself chasing down the street after someone.
“In Marble Arch, there is this fashion for looking as expensive as you can, whereas in Whitechapel it was all about creativity – the young women may not have been wearing designer clothes but they had an attitude of ‘we know how to put it together’.”
Shamsavari says she wanted to steer clear of the debate surrounding the hijab, and instead focus on her subjects’ individuality. “I am neither for nor against the veil – I just think nothing should be imposed through force,” she explains. “None of the Iranians I know in the UK wear the veil, and most rebuke it. But looking at these young women, I thought they must be dealing so much with just being young, women and visibly Muslim, yet there is this beauty and vibrancy in them which really shines through.”