Umme's friend Yusra Qaiser
Vancouver, compared to Toronto, has a fairly small Muslim population but even a casual observer would have noticed the increase in fashionable hijabis (Muslim women wearing the headscarf) in the city over the last few years. Their scarves, often in bright colours and intricate patterns, are paired with flowing dresses or casual jeans, presenting nice alternatives and twists on the clothing styles you normally see on Robson Street.
I first became intrigued by Muslim fashion several years ago, while doing some online research about a headscarf ban controversy in France. After wading through pages of serious news editorials, I happened upon several Muslim style blogs and was surprised by their modern fashion aesthetic. Having just read a fashion feature about how to choose clothes that make you appear thinner, elongate the legs, minimize a wide hips, etc., it was refreshing to see a fashion aesthetic where the focus was more on the clothes, and not on the (always imperfect) body.