On Thursday, June 2, prospects of UC Irvine’s Muslim School pupil Union collected at Delta Lodges by Marriott in Yard Grove for the membership’s banquet.

Banquets are an state of affairs to robe up, and for faculty pupil and design Rahan Alemi, they’re additionally a time to specific herself by method.

No difficulty the event nonetheless, Alemi has one accent she wears with each outfit: hijab.

“One monumental issue of hijab is people assume that we’re oppressed if we placed on hijab,” mentioned Alemi, “however it’s mainly fairly the other. Hijab provides me liberty, hijab gives me flexibility … liberty from societal benchmarks and attractiveness standards.”

Hijab is a head protecting worn by some Islamic ladies, however it refers to much more than only a head scarf. Hijab is a life-style that has a dedication to residing modestly with like for God at its middle.

Alemi defined when she commenced modeling for Muslim-owned method fashions last 12 months, she commenced to embrace hijab.

“It was throughout 2021 that I began out modeling for Muslim organizations and modest clothes corporations that additionally bought hijab and modest outfits and clothes,” mentioned Alemi. “That’s what obtained me into working towards hijab exterior of residence and out of doors of the mosque.”

Alemi talked about as she larger her consciousness of her faith and utilized it to her every day life, she fell in actually like with the which implies behind the observe and felt empowered sporting the Islamic head-covering.

“It significantly produced me actually really feel glad and cozy and pleased to be sporting it,” Alemi said.

In August 2021, Alemi devoted to carrying hijab solely.

“I had been desirous to placed on hijab for a pair years, however I in no way skilled the braveness or toughness to mainly adhere to by with it, with the way in which fashionable society is. I used to be truthfully petrified of how I might presumably be handled or the chances I might eliminate since of judgment and stereotypes,” mentioned Alemi.

Rahan Alemi began wearing a hijab full time in August 2021.

Rahan Alemi began donning a hijab total time in August 2021.

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Alemi is the preliminary lady in her Afghan family to make some of these a dedication.

“I’m the to begin with woman in my partner and youngsters on each equally my mother and pa’s facet to be sporting hijab. At preliminary it was a difficult technique just because in simply our custom many individuals at the moment actually don’t don hijab” reported Alemi. “It’s a stereotype that it’s an Arab society level, however in actual fact it’s an Islamic issue.”

Alemi, who has been energetic on social media on condition that 2019, additionally eradicated all photographs and movies that confirmed her hair. Her family grew to become impressed together with her dedication.

“Ultimately, my family noticed my actually like and enthusiasm for it, and now I’m so pleased to have my mom and father and my siblings be so pleased of me for taking that stage not just for our family members however for our neighborhood,” Alemi reported.

Alemi carries on to be energetic on social media, placing up herself in substantial-style outfits or modest swimwear, however at all times with hijab. This 12 months all through the Islamic holy thirty day interval of Ramadan, Alemi teamed up with Human Concern Worldwide to lift money for orphans and young children in require in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria and additional.

“Human Concern Intercontinental is a nonprofit agency that attained out to vital influencers who could make an impact and enhance funds with a purpose to assist,” claimed Alemi.

Alemi’s advertising marketing campaign elevated $1,245.

Rahan Alemi poses for a selfie as her sister Ombahran watches.

Rahan Alemi poses for a selfie as her sister Ombahran watches.

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She claimed her system has additionally licensed her to make connections with different Muslim gals within the group.

“Being a function mannequin for different feminine on-line, I’ve had quite a few women and men get to out to me expressing how a lot I helped them of their journey, by viewing my journey. I’ve been on social media for a number of years now, and for my IG followers and my new followers, to see a younger woman in Southern California surrounded my non-Muslims remaining succesful to do this for myself is extraordinarily inspiring for them.”

Her illustration of hijabi lady isn’t just on the web however at fashion capabilities in actual life-style.

“At OC Type 7 days, I used to be invited as a design and influencer and was the one hijabi feminine there,” said Alemi. “It was a shock to numerous people as successfully since they ended up not anticipating to see that, or they weren’t anticipating to see [a] Muslim lady within the vogue enterprise.”

Rahan Alemi poses for a selfie as seen on her cellphone screen.

Rahan Alemi poses for a selfie as seen on her cellphone display.

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Alemi mentioned attending events like OC Vogue 7 days give her a chance to indicate that ladies who’ve on hijab will not be essentially oppressed.

“They will see that I’m not what individuals at the moment would possibly stereotype Muslim girl to be,” defined Alemi. “Lots of my mates and my pals have knowledgeable me they’re so joyful to have a agent like me to show that Muslim woman aren’t oppressed and they’re licensed to be creative and be creative and specific what they love to do.”

Alemi graduated from Irvine Valley Faculty this 12 months and might be attending UCI within the drop, the place she applications to be vigorous within the Muslim School pupil Union and go after a diploma in regulation, all though placing on hijab.

“My hijab is my crown,” claimed Alemi. “I’m positively more than happy of it.”

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