By Maheen Syed ’19.
Author’s Note: The Hijab means different things to people across Pakistan and the world. The secular point of view generalizes it as a piece of garment without even considering the vast multitude of cultures, classes and personalities of Muslim women which contribute to the meaning of the Hijab differently. The wink of the Hijab-wearing woman on the right is a defiance to the somber stereotype attached to Muslim women and the pixelated version on the left is the blurry way in which we pretend to understand the garment. “Khush raho” means ‘be happy’ in Urdu and is meant as a phrase that unites women who only aspire to be recognized for who they are and to break free from the false representations in mainstream media.