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During the occupation of Algeria, the French fetishized local women by forcing them to remove their veils and pose for pictures like this.

This was basically just “oriental porn” back in the day, when women from MENASA were (& still are, for the most part) viewed as forbidden fruit.

The idea behind these disturbing pictures was that French men were liberating “oppressed” Algerian women from their backwards culture and traditions. The forceful removal of the veil also symbolized the white man’s power over these young ethnic girls.

The Algerian females, many of whom were underage, resisted using their facial expressions and body language.

FIVE STYLE TIPS FOR GIRLS 5' AND UNDER

BY SUMAIYAH ALI @thatgirlwiththescarf

“How’s the view from down there?”
“Do you need help reaching that?”
As a 5’0 college student, I’ve heard it all.  As much as I’ve gotten used to my short stature, one of the more annoying aspects of my height that I’ve had to deal with is finding clothes that fit me.  With a wardrobe filled with rolled up jeans and hemmed maxi skirts, I’ve acquired the right alteration techniques to find styles that work for me.  

Here are my top five style tips for petite girls:

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Oh Dear, Icky Summer .. #HijabiProblems

Whilst some parts of the world may still have pleasant or rather cold weather the Middle East has definitely started to heat up! If you’ve been to Dubai or anywhere in the Middle East region during the months of May through August, you know what I’m talking about. There might be millions of people in the world who adore summer but I don’t. Being a hijabi doesn’t make it easy either! 

Summer is probably the worst time of the year in my opinion! The variations of summer in Dubai include humidity, hot-skin-burning-winds, scorching summer sun, cars overheating, Air conditioners taking roughly about a minute or two to ACTUALLY start cooling. Yes, it is hell and no, there isn’t any way to escape it if you lead a life which requires you get out of the house.

I went out the other day and could not figure out what to wear! (Yes, despite being a fashion blogger I have difficulty too!) In this weather condition, you’d want to wear something light, not so tight, super comfy, that makes you feel like a kite! HAHA that rhymes!! Anyway, basically, something like a skirt or palazzos or culottes but I didn’t want to wear exactly that I wanted to mix it up a bit and get creative so here’s what happened! 

I dug into my wardrobe that’s been an ever-so-beautiful mess for quite some time now .. ahh need to sort that out! (I have no time!! And not in the mood quite frankly haha!!!) ……..  I found a full length summer dress which I bought when I was like 15 years old, lol. It’s a spaghetti strap summer dress with a very low neckline. Now what must a hijabi do to cover up? I just put on this casual-ish floral button-down shirt on top and tied it from the front! Added a statement necklace and some pretty embellished flats and YES! I WAS SUMMER READY! You will see lots of this on me this summer .. I was so comfortable in this ensemble! And I love how it looks! It looks like I’m wearing one of those poofy high-waisted skirts! 

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Step 1
    Find a full length summer dress

  • Step 2
    Pair it with a button down shirt (could be plain or printed, your call!)

  • Step 3
    Accessorize!

Easy enough, right? Let me know if you try it!

 Oh and congratulations to all the graduates high school/college/university! I pray for you all to have successful lives in this world and the HereAfter! Ameen! 

All my love,

Heba

Outfit Details:

Dress: Forever 21
Floral shirt: Stradivarius
Flats and Hijab: River Island
Necklace: Forever21
Pouch Bag: Nina Ricci