17 Women Share What Wearing A Hijab Means To Them

"Why can't people see me and judge me for me and not for my clothing?"

It's 2016 and yet women who wear hijabs are still met with unfair stereotypes. Some misconceptions surrounding these women are that they're oppressed, forced to wear the veil, and couldn't possibly be feminist. Sadly, there are people who believe that women who wear them are unable to express their own opinions and are ashamed of their womanhood. These stereotypes just aren't true. 

Here to help bust some of these myths are real Muslim women who love their hijabs. They choose to wear a hijab of their own volition and they are proud to put it on. Their hijabs bring them joy and it's the unfair stereotypes that are bringing them down.  

These women used the Whisper app, an anonymous confessions platform, to share what it really feels like to don one.

You can read and learn from some of their confessions below: 

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