Sunday, 20 July 2008

The Berlinerinnen - Hijabi Art

These photos were taken by Uli Holz for the innovative make-up company Uslu Airlines. The founder Feride Uslu put together the art project, called Berlinerinnen (The Berlin Women), and this is what she had to say:

Feride: I’m Turkish living in Berlin, but I spent 11 years in New York. When I came back to Berlin 2 years ago, I was really surprised about this whole new movement going on with the Muslim girls and their scarves. They didn’t act like wallflowers, they were totally self-confident and so fashionable, wearing these scarves. I mean, there is a whole world out there we have to respect: this is not always about a Muslim wife pushed down. That is why I wanted to show them. As for the series the girls created their own style by putting on the scarves individually.

I think these photos are gorgeous, especially the fourth one. You rarely see Muslim women depicted positively in art or photography, so this is really refreshing!

22 comments:

hani said...

all of them are gorgeous!

Basbousa said...

Beautiful pictures

Magda said...

I love the first and the last, honestly, mashaalah, it looks really stunning when you use lively collors matching with the scarve.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Amazing hijab!

Keep posting.Good job.

Anonymous said...

very beuatiful pics. ever thought about doing a post about staples for hijabis you would reccomend.

Amalia said...

I love all these beautiful colours :)

BuJ said...

very interesting! i never thought i'd find a blog about this.. but i support what you're doing.. good work!! i was reading ur blog about the islam expo! damn, i cannot believe i missed it..these things need better advertising.

Hijab Chic said...

beautiful!
I loved the 2nd one :)

btw, can I add your blog to my blogroll?
http://hijabchic.devote.se/

Anonymous said...

I like the second picture.
This make up company sells cream eyeshadow for $25,i think that's too expensive

Louiza said...

The 2nd girl's scarf is beautiful!!

Scarf Ace said...

gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I like the 6th pic. Apparently there are lots of muslims in Germany, generally of Turkish origin, and theres lots of reverts mashuallah.

Anonymous said...

mmm...what is this all make up about? If you wear make up looking like a christmas tree..you can also forget about the hijab. Nice pics, though, but still i think that we shouldnt forget teh real purpose of hijab sisters! Greetings and Salaams from Finland :)

Jana said...

Hijab Chic - sure thing!

Anon from Finland - sis these are for an art project. I wouldn't actually expect many girls in hijab to walk around with neon green eyeshadow on...

Anonymous said...

ok, but still i don't understand why the modells had to present islam, when makeup has nothing to do with our religion. Maybe I'm too konservative for things like this ;-)

Habayeb said...

awesome pics!

Jana said...

Anon - they were representing themselves. Obviously, we shouldn't be wearing loud make-up like the ones show in the picture, but I don't think they were intended like that anyway. I'm just exploring the ways hijabis are presented in the media, arts, etc.

Anonymous said...

I think these pics are great! They are so artistic and full of a wonderful visual appeal.

As for the makeup, I don't see anything extremely Wrong with it... The colors they chose were very in tune with the overall tone of the pictures, none of the colors were very bold or provocative and even the brighter colors were not intense and concentrated; instead they appeared to be more of a more sheer brightness which was quite complimentary to the more striking hues of the scarves.

I think that there isn't much difference between wearing a colorful hijab and colorful makeup -- it's basically the difference of having the color on your head over the color on your face. Of course moderation is key.

I think that as long as it's not like solid aqua or fuschia or kiwi green, then it shouldn't be too much of a problem, particularly when the rest of the face is so toned down and natural and the highlight is kept to one feature.

I sincerely hope that more of these kinds of high quality photo shoots will be appearing more often in mainstream media. They certainly do a great service in erasing the negative image of the Muslim woman in a scarf as an oppressed being.

Salsabeel said...

SubhanAllah is this what Allah 3azza wa Jal and Rassul Allah salla 3alayhi wa salam are pleased with? For us to wear make up outside our homes and wrap ourself up in all kind of loud colours and tight clothes and then present ourselves to the world as art objects?

Very disturbing indeed. No wonder those sisters in proper hijaab are labelled as extremists when this kind of funky street style fashion is presented as Hijab.

May Allah SWT guide us back to Quran and Sunnah. Ameen.

Jana said...

Salsabeel,

a) Where are the tight clothes?

b) What is wrong with bright colours? The Prophet's (s) wives themselves used to wear red, oranges and yellows.

c)This is not street fashion - this was a photoshoot for a make-up company.

Anonymous said...

wow very pretty!!! im thinking about becoming a model looking at these pics!!!

Lucia said...

I think these make-ups are normal...
And the hijab styles too..no volume, no accesories...just colors
The ladies are beautiful, the skin tone is perfect that's why these colors pop up so much...I dont think that the arabic make up with lots of khol and black colors looks more modest
Mashallah...i like the pictures...nice post

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