More and more, I’m seeing the SAME exact thing on IG. Literally. On my explore page, I find myself thinking “Am I looking at the same person?”, when I’ve actually seen pictures from 3 different accounts. That’s how similar everyone looks. Blame it on the IG algorithm, but this is definitely a more prevalent issue, now more than ever, and will get worse with time to come.
Every person’s content is the same. It’s like a very close up selfie of their face, thick brows, coloured contact lenses, false lashes, bright highlight, and pouty lips. I’m not shaming the use of makeup nor am trying to be the haraam police. But, I couldn’t help but realize how much I’m seeing this, over and over and OVER again. All day long. Nothing changes. Those same accounts keep getting bigger and bigger, reinforcing that this is look you need to have to be ‘successful’.
I can’t say I haven’t been affected. Especially when you put yourself out there so publicly, people are always judging you. I don’t wear makeup every day. Far from it. See me at school, I’m literally a different human LOL. But that’s okay. I like to dress up for fancy occasions and wear makeup. However, I noticed that I’d only want to make IG stories when I ‘looked good’ or would put makeup on to film a hijab tutorial just to take it off the minute the camera stopped recording.
So why am I writing this? I honestly feel so sad and upset when I see girls who are 10-13 years old feeling like they HAVE to wear makeup or constantly thinking that they aren’t beautiful. Growing up, I did not have a lot of self-confidence, but at least I did not grow up with a constant bombardment of how I should be looking by people who WERE LIKE ME. Yes, I saw supermodels and actresses who looked flawless, yet, I was able to make a distinction between them and myself. However, now the pressure is coming from our hijabi sisters, which makes it even more weighting. Now, I’m not blaming ANYONE. I’m not trying to say “well it’s their fault”. But, what I am trying to say is that we cannot ignore the effects of social media and the overwhelming amount of the same content being blasted at us.
Now, you may also be thinking, “Malikah, you know you’re part of this too, right?!”. And I do know, naturally, by being a blogger and always showing the ‘best’ version of myself, I’m contributing to the issue in my own way. So I have been working towards making IG stories showing my regular and REAL life. Showing myself unedited and unfiltered. I talk about real life issues and I address that I do not wear makeup/dress up everyday. Just while writing this blogpost, I found at least 4 accounts with similar ‘looks’.
My motivation to continue blogging is because I want people to love their hijab, whether they be young or old. I want to show people that we, as veiled women, can achieve anything we set our mind to and I try to lead by example. We are not bound by our looks, yet if we choose to, we can dress in a way that we are proud of and feel proud representing Islam with our hijab. I want young girls to get excited about hijab and not think about it as a chore or something they just have to do. Of course, we are all fighting our own battles and not every day is easy. But, that doesn’t mean we have to do things the way everyone does it. We were born to be different, why are we trying to be the same?
Let me know what your thoughts are on this? Do you agree? Do you think I’m overthinking this whole thing?
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As always, lots of love and duas,
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