By Chelsea Stone. Photo courtesy of Habiba Da Silva.
From eyeshadow primers to nude pumps, the beauty and fashion industries are finally catching onto the fact that consumers have many different skin tones. The latest item to be offered to women in a range of skin colors? A hijab, courtesy of one Muslim blogger.
Habiba Da Silva, a 22-year-old blogger from the United Kingdom, created Skin in order to emphasize inclusivity among the women for women from varying backgrounds and cultures who all wear hijabs.
She wrote on her blog, "The Skin campaign was inspired by many things. Firstly for my passion for cultures and traditions, secondly to break up the trend of having brands with clothing dressed on only lighter skinned models."
The hijabs also cater to men, according to her website, and the scarves can be worn without pins due to their non-slippery texture and crinkled design. Four different shades are currently listed on Da Silva's online shop.
Da Silva, who is of Brazilian and Lebanese descent, said the collection was inspired by the idea of marriage, and all the hijabs are named for words relating to marriage in different languages: The darkest color is called "Aure," the Hausa word for marriage; followed by "Aroosadda," which is Somali for "bride"; "Rukhasti," which means "sending off" in Urdu; and the lightest shade, "Zaffeh," which is Arabic for "wedding march."
"The word, marriage, is all about bringing entities together. This is what Skin is about," she wrote.
Though the hijabs are currently sold out in all colors, some Twitter users have expressed disappointment over their price point. Each costs £20 (about $25), whereas other hijabs could cost $15 or less on average. But Da Silva told Buzzfeed News, "I have put so much [investment] and effort into … this. I literally can’t go anywhere else with the price."
Da Silva said she hope to add even more colors to the collection, but for now, this line is one big positive step forward.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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