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A recent photograph on Kylie Jenner’s Instagram account has sparked backlash and a conversation about the hijab. The photo features Jenner in a scarf that partially covers her head—similar to the Islamic headscarf many women wear—surrounded by a set of old TV sets.
Jenner posted the photo on Tuesday with no caption but just a hashtag #CR15, a reference to the 15th issue of CR Fashion Book magazine with the Kardashian and Jenner women on the cover.
HIJAB IS NOT A FASHION STATEMENT. it is not something you wear to look ‘quirky’ or whatever the fuck you think you’re doing. this isn’t even disappointing with how problematic you are but it is ugly @KylieJenner— sad broke whore. (@socratestyIes) October 1, 2019
Why you wearing hijab for aesthetic— deleisi🇲🇽 (@dd_htx) October 1, 2019
Jenner’s scarf in the photo may reveal too much of her hair to be considered traditional hijab style. In Islam, many women cover up all of their hair, and others wear it in a way that reveals a thin line of hair. On the whole, Muslim women who wear headscarves remain disproportionately affected by Islamophobia.
The fck is this ???— Nadia 🌫 ~SUGA's Interlude~ (@Nadiaepiphany) October 2, 2019
So Kylie Jenner can wear a hijab for aesthetics purpose but when muslim women do it they got physically attack or even screamed at ?? https://t.co/1VXqjKehZI
Women dying not to wear hijab.. but hey 😃 everything for a right shot, amrite?— The Captain (@ZDX12451217) October 3, 2019
Meanwhile if a muslim women wears a hijab theyll call her a terr0rist— ♡ (@personaslights) October 2, 2019
Some commenters said Jenner’s scarf is just fashion and recalls the headscarves that were popular in the 1960s.
Why is a scarf on the head automatically only belonging to Muslims and seems as a “hijab”. It was used way before Muslims did it, and women have been wearing scarves on their heads for fashion forEVERRRR. Every body gotta get triggered easily. https://t.co/SE6ZMqFq3S— s (@lebyrian) October 1, 2019
The Jenners and Kardashians have a history of being insensitive to other cultures and even profiting from them while those cultures continue to be punished specifically for those attributes. Kim Kardashian, for example, tried (and eventually failed) to co-opt the word “kimono” for her brand.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque