often times, i hear the words “oppression” and “liberation” be thrown at me. you are oppressed because you are not liberated enough in what you wear. you are not liberated because you are oppressed in what you wear. so what’s liberation? is it me standing on a beach in western clothes with the skin on my arms showing, basking in the sun? is that what being liberated means? or is that me showing too much skin for a muslim girl? is liberation me wearing a tight fitted flowery maxi dress? or is that a little too tight?

and am i oppressed by covering myself entirely with my abayah, with no skin showing? but wait, i’m wearing a face full of makeup, though? is that too much? or wait, is me wearing a bright pink colour on top of my abayah too “out there”? is that me being a bit too loud and calling attention? 

and then i wonder … how can i be oppressed if i can wear all these things, make all these choices in how i want to dress myself, and be happy and myself in all these things? wearing a full face of make up, wearing bright colours, wearing western clothes, and showing my skin a little bit, whether that be at home or on the beach, or covering myself entirely in my abayah with nothing on show. how am i oppressed when i, a happy muslim girl, can make all these choices in what i want to wear, in what i decide to wear, and noone can tell me, or has the right to tell me, if what i am wearing is “oppressing” or “liberating” enough. 

since when did judging my level of freedom and happiness come from how you perceive it, and that too, in what clothes i am wearing? but wait, if i do this, then i’m being too much, and if i do that, i’m doing too less. 

how about this: we simply let people, be.

April 21

Team Valmani did a Facebook livestream this morning!

Busy at rehearsals!

Also, this interview with Access Hollywood:

In the Facebook livestream, it was mentioned that Normani had a packed day ahead of her.

She just finished rehearsals with Val, then she was off to the recording studio for the afternoon…

(where we have no updates… the girls seem to be hard at work :) )

and then an event, Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces, early in the evening:

and then Normani was back for DWTS rehearsals for the team performance later in the evening!

Also, Lauren was in the same event Normani want to, but she arrived quite late for the red carpet.

Here are some more Lauren pictures from tonight:

Speaking of Lauren pictures, she posted two pictures from Coachella:

(queen of late posts indeed)

She tweeted this thought too:

Ally greeted Sydney a happy birthday!

Here’s a BTS photo of Dinah on set for U Here Tonight:

That’s it for today!


Mood Board - Night Court ~ High Lord Rhysand and High Lady Feyre

“And above that, perched in a frozen mountainous spread of darkness and stars, the sprawling, massive territory of the Night Court.”

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