Wearing a hijab can be empowering in many ways, in fact it’s probably the strongest feminist symbol currently in society.
Almost every person desires to look good and waste many precious hours on appearance, these hours could’ve been spent helping people in need, improving your true self.
When you wear a hijab, you are automatically cutting out that desire that requires you to be perfect to others penetrating judgemental stares. With a hijab, you are not only covering your head, with the hijab you hide the empty shell you show to society and reveal your true self, your personality, just like removing the layers of an onion.
You are also dressing modestly, dressing modestly and confident with the clothing you wear on your head is not just a piece of cloth anymore, you are now being the ambassador of your faith.
Since by wearing hijab you are automatically cutting back on that desire to look good, you are now focusing on other aspects of your life, such as your personality, education and your goals.
So it’s empowering in the sense that it is allowing you to move beyond on being obsessed with your looks or what people think of you, and focus on many other long-term aspects of your life. Things that actually matter more than just looks.
I am not saying you should look ugly, you should always dress well, but with hijab, there comes the responsibility to be less ornamented or show off to other people.
Like mentioned above, almost every person desires to look good, and when you start cutting back on desires, and you accomplish that. You become more motivated to cut back on other desires. It’s like a chain reaction. This is also very empowering because you learn to control yourself and to control your impulses and think rationally, and not let your heart control you.
Just think about it, there must have been moments, where you controlled yourself from desires that you knew were harmful and with the ability to control yourself you can achieve anything you desire. So controlling yourself, isn’t that empowering? The ability to not cave in to peer pressure or hate, you just let it drip you off like nothing and continue your day unfazed by others opinions.
So with looks out of the way, what’s there to love left? It is her personality, her intelligence, her inner core, not the outer, her true self not a facade made to please others and standards. Isn’t that empowering? To not value a woman by her face, but by her true self.