Exclusive interview with blogger The Muslim Girl – Ikhlas

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So, I’ve been doing some searching on hijabi bloggers and the first find was The Muslim Girl. I’m so glad she popped up on the first page of Google results, Alhamdullilah she is a successful blogger.

The first thing that catches my eye when looking at a website is the overall look and feel. The topic needs to be expressed through the visuals. Since I love creativity and design, it’s a natural thing for me to look at first, habit I guess. I was so impressed with the girly feel she added to the blog. The logo is exactly the feel of the blog. It’s filled with pastel colours and it’s a must for every girl to check out! What I like about it is the wide range of articles and topics. From deen talk, to fashion, advice and even weekly chapters on her story, Aisha. Let’s get to know this multi-talented blogger. I’m so excited!

Please do check out her blog here and be prepared to get hooked on it!

Website: http://themuslimgirl.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/muslimgirlblog?fref=ts

  1. Who is The Muslim Girl and why is she so popular? Please explain for those who don’t know.

To be honest, The Muslim Girl can be any girl. She’s a girl that loves her faith but wants to balance it with this dunya. She might wear hijab, she might not. She might be comfortable in a pair of skinny jeans or an abaya. She might like to wear makeup or do her hair. She might love to attend Islamic conferences. She might love sports or books or both. She can be any girl.

The girl behind The Muslim Girl is Ikhlas, a writer and blogger, who’s just like any girl.

2.What inspired you to become a blogger?

I’ve been blogging since 2011, and it was just a way to share my thoughts with the world. But The Muslim Girl began in 2014 and it’s inspired by my desire for there to be a Muslim girl magazine for young girls. I didn’t see myself in the media when I was growing up, but I want things to be different for the girls growing up today. I want them to see themselves in the world around them and to be proud of who they are.

3. What is your everyday hijab style and which is your favourite?

My everyday hijab style is pretty much the same everyday! 😛 It’s a style I’ve adapted, based on the underscarf that I created. When I first started wearing hijab, I didn’t really know about the different kinds of underscarves out there and just used an old small scarf from when I was a kid as my underscarf. I create a bun at the back of head and use the two ends to wrap around the bun (kind of looks like a small turban).

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So when I wrap my hijab, I pin it under my chin and leave one side short and one side long. I then take the short side and wrap it around the bun that I have created with my underscarf. I tie it tightly and then use the long side to drape it over my head and cover my neck and chest. I also sometimes adjust the draping to get some folds at the top and to add volume. I pin it on the side and that’s it!

4. What is your favourite hijab accessory?

I love headbands. They add a little interest to the hijab and are fun to play with.

5. New hijab wearers aren’t confident to try out new styles. What tips would you give them to help them along?

Keep changing it up! You won’t know what style suits you best unless you try out a few. You’ll probably settle on a favourite or a few favourites, but until you try a few out, you’ll never find the one that you love best.

6. Who or what inspires you in terms of hijab and fashion?

This is a tough one! I admire a lot of famous hijabi bloggers’ style, but I’m not really inspired by them. After wearing hijab for 10 years, I know what styles I like and suit me best. The same goes for clothes; I know what styles I’m willing to try out based on my understanding of modesty.

The girls I see on Pinterest and Instagram, regular girls who aren’t really famous, do inspire me though. I’m pretty consistent with my style, so it’s nice to get inspiration online.

7. Tell us more about the inspiration behind Aisha. I love the story…

Thank you! 🙂

So Aisha is based off Emma by Jane Austen, a personal favourite. Emma is all about matchmaking, which lends itself fantastically to a South Asian community that is obsessed with rishtas and marriage and matchmaking. It’s also inspired by my personal experiences going through the matchmaking process in a Pakistani community, which was both crazy and stressful. The rest is fiction

8. What are your fashion must-have items at the moment?

Maxi cardigans! I cannot get enough of them! They are just so versatile and chic. I love the fact that they’re flowy and they’re so easy to dress up or down. They’re the perfect Spring/Summer piece.

9. What are your favourite hijab stores to shop at?
I don’t have one favourite, to be honest. A lot of my printed hijabs are from H&M and Forever 21. I also love I Love Modesty¸ a Canadian store that also has an online shop, for their collection of hijabs. They have so many different varieties in every single colour imaginable so it’s great for when you need a specific colour to match with a certain outfit.
10. What advice would you give aspiring bloggers?

Blog because you love it. Blog because there’s something you want to share with the world. Don’t do it because you think you’ll become famous. There’s a lot out there who have become famous doing it, but it’s not a guarantee. So do it because you’re passionate about it and you want to share your passion with others.

That’s it for today. Hope you enjoyed this instalment of our edition of inspirational hijabi’s.  Join us again soon, when we get to know someone making waves in the Muslim community. Happy styling.

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