There’s a Pakistani girl in my high school that dreams of becoming an actress but was always put down by everyone in her family because she wears a hijab. She was on the verge of giving up and not pursuing art when she stumbled upon 19 year old Halima Aden (a hijabi model who was apart of New York Fashion Week). You could tell from the look on her face that some hope was restored if not all. Yesterday while watching the oscars, she broke down and burst into tears when Mahershala Ali’s name was called out as it made her so proud to see that a Muslim had finally won an oscar. She made the decision then and there to pursue a career in the arts because for the first time in so long, she felt like she had a chance. Don’t ever try to convince me that representation and diversity don’t matter.