The rise of hijab fashion and beauty bloggers over the past few years has completely changed our perceptions of what it means to be a Muslim woman. Their fashion-forward “Outfit of the Day” posts and brightly colored makeup tutorials are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice modesty for style.
Zohra (better known as Zozoliina) is a 22-year-old blogger who landed on our radar thanks to her Instagram account, where she serves up a bevy of inspiration on everything from casual looks to wear on the weekends to drugstore mascaras for super-long lashes.
She was born in Germany and currently lives in Marseille, France. Her mother is German-Armenian and her father is Algerian, but she is “proud to be a French woman.” Zozoliina tells Yahoo Beauty: “Growing up with this multiculturalism opened my mind. Without my French culture, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.”
Another source for Zozoliina’s pride in being French is L’Oréal Paris makeup designerZiana Salima, her muse. “She is someone who represents the new French woman,” says Zozoliina. “Veiled, careerist … [Salima] is a breath of fresh air for Muslim women in France.”
Even though Zozoliina is Muslim, she does not wear the hijab. (France passed a law in 2010 prohibiting burqas and other face-covering veils, worn mostly by Muslim women, in public spaces. Anyone who is caught wearing a veil risks paying a fine of upwards of $200.) In fact, it has been only five years since she started wearing turbans. “There are so many things that changed in my life since I’ve worn it. Good things, bad things … I took every struggle like a lesson. And I gradually learned not to retain these difficulties,” she says.
Zozoliina’s words of advice to other Muslim women living in France: “Live like you want; your faith is just between you and God. Whatever you do in life, people will judge you.”