A hijab, which is often referred to as a headscarf, is worn by Muslim women all over the globe. It is a symbol faith, much like a flag or a banner. In cultures around the world, one can see the beautiful array of this traditional Muslim head dress. Most western eyes, however, don’t understand its purpose, what with their passing frosty glares and all. Some even see it as a sign of oppression, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
To close this transcontinental gap and challenge stereotypes, there is a growing number of Muslim women who are finding creative ways to integrate their modest clothing styles and hijabs into pop culture via Cosplay. The most prominent of which, is Malaysian-based makeup artist Saraswati, known to her Instagram fans as Queen of Luna.
Wearing a hijab may seem to many like an act that confines and stifles creativity, as many obtuse westerners might think. But for women like Saraswati, the fusion of geek fandom with cultural attire are but an opportunity for imagination and incredible transformations.
Saraswati is no stranger to internet fame, having accumulated over 400,000 followers in Instagram. And it’s easy to see why. Saraswati’s colorful hijabs replicate wigs, hoods and hats. Morphing her into princesses, superheroes and anime characters to astonishing effect. Putting the holy in “holy heck”.
Recreating Disney characters since 2013, Saraswati’s 300+ works includes the Little Mermaid, Mulan and Jafar from Aladdin, as well as number of comic book heroes such as Mystique, Dazzler, Bane and more. She has also brought other classic cartoon characters to life, such as Daphne from Scooby Doo, Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Betty Boop.
Articles about her, and other stand out Hajib wearing cosplayers continue to go viral. Every loop around the internet continues to challenges stereotypes, social norms, and flips the script on what it means to be religiously modest and modestly religious.