How far back does your interest in fashion go?
As a kid I was a tomboy. I’ve always been interested in urban street-style wear and dressing up, piecing outfits together. I’d look at LL Cool J, and go to school with my sweatpants rolled up on one leg. So I was looking at what people were wearing—like oversized hockey jerseys. I loved it.
Who do you look to now?
I’m into chic apparel, too. I like Angela Simmons and Teyana Taylor. They totally dress up and do it well, but they also dress down and do it well. It’s about how versatile their wardrobe is. As a Muslim woman, people think we can’t be stylish. I want to show how [we] can do it, too. You don’t see a lot of hijabis in Jordans, but why not?
Do you wear hijab when you dress up and go out?
Yes. I focus my outfit around my hijab. I love them—I have two-piece hijabs that slide on, but my go-to is the jersey hijab. They’re stretchy and comfortable. One thing about being a Muslim woman is that you collect hundreds of scarves. I typically stick with neutral colors, since it’s easier to manage your outfit, but sometimes I’ll use it as a pop of color.
What are your essential pieces or must-haves?
I love Zara low-waist boyfriend jeans. Not too tight, but super cute. I can keep my modesty when I’m wearing boyfriend jeans. The Gap, ironically, has a lot of jeans I love. I like skinny jeans because they stretch. Sometimes it can be hard to find longer shirts, so I’ll use dresses as tunics and throw them on with skinny jeans, make it work. And my hijab—I need it!