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August 18, 2019

The Hijab is Both an Expression of Faith and a Part of Personal Style for Maha Malik

When she was 17, Maha Malik decided to start wearing a hijab. It was a statement of faith that was intrinsically linked to the evolution of her personal style. “I realized, to an extent, I now don’t just represent myself, I’m representing the Muslim world because I’m a noticeably Muslim person by wearing the hijab,” Malik says. “I wanted to portray myself in a more sophisticated way.”

For Malik (who chronicles her style journey on Instagram under the handle @malikawears), the height of that elegant sophistication is embodied by two royals: Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. The University of Calgary grad interprets her own look by keeping modesty front of mind, balancing more form-fitting items such as tailored pants with looser tops, and keeping her sleeves long and her necklines high. “I really think that once I started wearing the head scarf I came into my style,” Malik says.

 

Dress by Vince; shirt by Gap; scarf, personal collection; shoes by Nine West; bracelets by Daniel Wellington (right arm) and Pandora (left arm); rings by Pandora. Photography by Colin Way; self-styled by honourees with consultation by Styleista; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson.

 

Scarf personal collection; tassel earrings from Aldo. Photography by Colin Way; self-styled by honourees with consultation by Styleista; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson.

 

Shirt by Mastuli Khalid; skirt fom Sirens; bracelets by Pandora; rings by Pandora; scarf, personal collection. Photography by Colin Way; self-styled by honourees with consultation by Styleista; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson.

 

Earrings from Aldo. Photography by Colin Way; self-styled by honourees with consultation by Styleista; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson.

 

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