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Hijab cosplay takes off in Southeast Asia

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 01:25

A growing number of young Muslim women in Southeast Asia are taking part in ''hijab'' costume play, finding creative ways to incorporate the head covering into colorful fantasy costumes. Grace Lee reports.

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In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, 24 year-old Sindi Yanti is getting ready for a grand transformation. From the appearance of blonde hair to a puffy blue dress, she's channeling Disney's Cinderella but with her own twist. Sindi is one of the growing number of young Muslim women in Southeast Asia taking part in "Hijab Cosplay", finding creative ways to incorporate the traditional headscarf into fantasy costumes. "Wearing a hijab shouldn't be a barrier for anything," said Sindi. "We're free to be creative." In neighboring Malaysia, more and more costumes with hijabs are showing up at cosplay events like this one, and while role-play has been a part of comic fan culture for decades, hijab cosplay is a relatively new phenomenon. "To be honest it is quite challenging, especially if you want to make your hijab as accurate as the character. Usually I pick up a character that cover most of my body parts, so it's easier for me to wear it in Muslimah style," said one cosplayer. Most of the designs stay true to the Islamic requirements of modest dress for women, inspired by Japanese anime characters or western superheros. Giving young Muslim women a taste of the fantasy experience, while staying safely within religious boundaries.

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Hijab cosplay takes off in Southeast Asia

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 01:25