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Woman faces backlash for no longer wearing hijab in end of decade photo

The woman was wearing a hijab at the start of the decade.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Dec 10, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 8:46 pm CDT

A woman is facing backlash on Twitter after partaking in a meme in which users share a photo of themselves at the beginning of the decade and then another one at the end. 

Twitter user @SynSuzy shared a photo of herself wearing a hijab at the beginning of the decade and then another at the end of the decade. In the second photo, she was noticeably missing a hijab.

“Start of the decade vs end of the decade,” she wrote in the caption of the tweet, which was posted on Friday.  


Over time, the hijab has come to mean different things to the women who wear it: While removing it is a symbol of resistance for some in Iran, others fight for their right to wear it elsewhere. Still, many believe the decision to wear or not wear a hijab should be up to each individual woman. 

For SynSuzy, whose Instagram account says she is a Latvian-Lebanese 22-year-old, she wanted to share a personal choice she made to take off the hijab. 

Nevertheless, many Twitter users are upset by that choice. 

“Question! Why is everyone happy about this???” Twitter user @salma_abuzaid_ questioned. “I mean, why do ppl make it look like we’re doing this for other people and not god? And why are the ones supporting this Muslims..this is actually very sad and disappointing…”

Another wrote that she “definitely looks better in the first pic.”


While she did receive a lot of criticism, SynSuzy also received an outpouring of support. 

“If she has right to wear one she also has the right to remove it,” Twitter user @kennyfrombeqaa wrote.

SynSuzy wrote in a follow-up tweet that she is no longer Muslim.


“Hey I’m Muslim, and I have also questioned my religion, but after searching for answers, I have found them and choose to be Muslim. If you choose not to be that is also okay. To Muslims reading this, stop harassing this woman, you’re nobody to judge,” Twitter user @Beardtimusprim1 wrote.


SynSuzy did not respond to the Daily Dot’s request for an interview, but on Monday, she defended her decision on Twitter.  

“There are 7 billion people in the world, so whoever you are, the majority of the world holds a different nationality, beliefs, values, life, etc. and attacking every person different than you is a tiresome and pretty pointless way of doing things,” she wrote in a tweet thread. 



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*First Published: Dec 10, 2019, 3:16 pm CST