This Instagram Account Celebrates a Minority Within a Minority
Hoden Laiden is a 23-year-old artist and graphic designer from London, but in her spare time, she's doing work to empower women around the world.
The woman behind the Instagram account @darkskinnedhijabis, Liaden launched the page to celebrate hijabis with dark skin. The bio for her account reads, "a minority within a minority," and the young woman spoke to Buzzfeed about the impetus behind her account.
Unfortunately, colourism stems deep in the Muslim community and throughout history, darker-skinned people have been treated unfairly, which is of course fundamentally wrong," she said.
"I couldn't help but notice the lack of representation of Muslim women in the beauty community and even more so the unrepresented side of the melanin spectrum."
The page highlights dark skinned Muslim women by featuring their photos alongside a story, and Laiden hopes that her platform will give a voice to dark skinned hijabis everywhere.
"Not to forget that there's a sick underlying form of discrimination and exclusion present in many Muslim communities and culture towards darker skinned people," she said.
"History proves that life is undeniably unfair and severe at times for a woman but even more so when you are 'dark-skinned' Muslim woman."
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