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Hijabi of the Month April 2012 - Iman Khder

Posted on Apr 06, 2012
Melanie Elturk


Introducing our newest feature - Hijabi of the Month! Each month, we'll bring you inspiring women who are contributing to their community in amazing ways. Read on for more!

"I was born in 1989 in a small town south of Alexandria, Egypt in a very loving, open minded and religious family. Both of my parents are teachers, so I had HUGE respect for learning, and teaching. In high school I joined the handball, boxing and running team. I also started writing and won the government award for best writer under age 21.

Iman hiking mountains in the Sinai

I later attended Alexandria university where I majored in History and Literature and wrote my first book about women in Islam. A defining moment in my life was when I started working for Middlebury school in Alexandria as a coordinator. The experience really changed my life as I met new people and taught them about my language, religion and my country while showing it to them at the same time. I was offered a job to be a teacher assistant in Middlebury, Vermont where I am now working as a TA while also working on my masters."

1) What is your earliest memory about hijab? 

I Remember my Mom talking to me about it and telling me how great it is. She gave me my first hijab and said, "This is for you, wearing it is a big decision but when you decide to wear it is up to you." I wore it 3 years from that day when I was 15 and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God for it.

2) What do you love most about wearing hijab?

I love how blessed, loved from above, confident, and beautiful I feel when I wear it. I think every girl is a queen and the hijab is her tiara.

Iman (right) in the Vintage Timepiece wrap

3) What do you love about Haute Hijab?

The first time I came across Haute Hijab I was AMAZED at the beautiful hijabs and I thought it would be a one time buy but I fell in love with the amazingly beautiful and great quality hijabs, elegant wrapping, fast shipping and also great customer service! Not to mention how beautiful they smell! I also love love love the message to empower women out there and support them. 

4) What piece of advice would you give to girls who are struggling to put on or take off hijab? 

Wearing hijab is something you do for God not for humans. If you're struggling, I encourage you to wear hijab, be confident, smart, strong, successful and beautiful and prove to the world how great and elegant Muslim women are. And smile because you've pleased God and made yourself proud!

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