Fashion 

Reem Motaweh Discusses What Dressing Modestly Means to Her: "I Wear My Wrap Like I Wear My Soul"

For the streetwear-loving Muslim creative, fashion is a powerful statement of who she is.

By
5,394 Hypes

Reem Motaweh Discusses What Dressing Modestly Means to Her: "I Wear My Wrap Like I Wear My Soul"

For the streetwear-loving Muslim creative, fashion is a powerful statement of who she is.

Muslim Women’s Day, in its third year, is something to be celebrated. To me this day is about representation. Growing up, I saw virtually no positive examples of Muslim women in the mainstream media. And as a young girl, not having public figures to look up to was both disheartening and isolating. I believe young women benefit immensely from having mentors and role models to relate and aspire to — and so I want to start this article off by thanking the women in my life who have inspired me and helped shape the woman I am today. This day is about passing the mic — it’s about letting the narrative be told by the source. For years, the only exposure to the female Muslim was what society claimed us to be: oppressed, dependent, weak. But now we have this day to show an accurate representation of ourselves: resilient, strong, intelligent, courageous, independent.

I am a Muslim Egyptian-American, who started my own modest fashion company, AboutThatWrap and blog at age 19. The lack of Muslim role models in the arts and media meant I would have to chart my own path, carve out my own space, and try to inspire others along the way. Today, my mission is to be a walking ambassador for Islam — through my unique perspective on dress and style, to help others understand another side to Muslims. I believe modesty and fashion work strongly to help portray who I am as an individual. I try to break boundaries for myself and other Muslim women daily by being myself unapologetically.

Reem Motaweh About that Wrap Modest Dressing Muslim Women's Day Girls Women Woman Los Angeles Editorial Streetwear Fashion Ira Chernova

Ira Chernova/HYPEBAE

I wear my wrap like I wear my soul, boldly expressing the global experiences I’ve been lucky enough to fill my life with. Fashion is a visible, wearable statement of who I am. We don’t all look the same. Our modesty doesn’t all look the same. And to me, modesty is dressing to what makes you comfortable — modesty if not for anyone, is for yourself… and that’s not to fit any mold or stereotype. It is to fit how you want to walk through life.

Reem Motaweh About that Wrap Modest Dressing Muslim Women's Day Girls Women Woman Los Angeles Editorial Streetwear Fashion Ira Chernova

Ira Chernova/HYPEBAE

Muslim Women’s Day honors the women who, on a daily basis, face such adversity as profiling, harassment and judgment, yet persevere with dignity and go on to accomplish so much in their lives. This day urges you to see the human being, the individual, beyond the stereotype. It showcases how strong we are and how we can live within our religion, yet still break societally imposed boundaries by being ourselves unashamedly. This day celebrates that we can be doctors, lawyers, dancers, teachers, artists, athletes, mothers, wives, and truly anything we set our minds to.

Reem Motaweh About that Wrap Modest Dressing Muslim Women's Day Girls Women Woman Los Angeles Editorial Streetwear Fashion Ira Chernova

Ira Chernova/HYPEBAE

Founded by Muslim woman Amani Al-Khatahtbeh in March, 2017, Muslim Women’s Day day is itself a testament to our strength. It is self-empowerment. It is giving ourselves a day and not waiting for others to provide it. It is both about letting non-Muslims know who we are and telling our Muslim sisters we are here, we are united, and we are strong. It is about pulling up a chair to the table, not waiting for it to be offered.

Reem Motaweh About that Wrap Modest Dressing Muslim Women's Day Girls Women Woman Los Angeles Editorial Streetwear Fashion Ira Chernova

Ira Chernova/HYPEBAE

Moving forward, I encourage all people who believe they are either mis- or underrepresented in media to let their presence be known and their stories be told. We are all unique and our differences are what make us beautiful. I hope that brands continue to diversify and that the fashion and beauty space continue to be inclusive. And lastly, let’s break some glass ceilings, ladies.

Read Full Article
Editor
Teresa Lam/Hypebae

What to Read Next

7 Luxury Fashion Pop-Ups and Art Exhibitions You Can't Miss at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019
Travel Art 

7 Luxury Fashion Pop-Ups and Art Exhibitions You Can't Miss at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

Including spaces by KAWS, Louis Vuitton and more.
6,206 Hypes



RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Debut a Sleek Pair of Headphones With Aluminum Carrying Case
Tech

RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Debut a Sleek Pair of Headphones With Aluminum Carrying Case

The limited-edition audio accessory drops next month.
1,535 Hypes


Sakura Season Is in Full Swing With MAC's "Boom Boom Bloom" Makeup Collection
Beauty

Sakura Season Is in Full Swing With MAC's "Boom Boom Bloom" Makeup Collection

Featuring highlighters, lipsticks and much more.
14,006 Hypes

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the website running and to continue providing free news to our readers. We'd appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBAE on your ad blocker.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBAE ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBAE”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBAE page that you were viewing.