18-year-old Amara Majeed wanted to destroy the stigma surrounding women who wear hijab.
Majeed first started the Hijab Project when she was only 16, out of a desire to educate people on Islamophobia and what she felt was a “misunderstood and underrepresented minority.” Since first donning a hijab at age 14, she began to notice both subtle and outright forms of discrimination and mockery, from terrorism accusations, to assumptions about her political and moral beliefs. “…I don’t feel safe walking in the streets alone at night with the hijab on,” Majeed said.
However, the birth of the Hijab Project has garnered support from multiple influential news sources, including Bustle and Good Morning America. Majeed’s other forms of Muslim activism, including an open letter explaining the pitfalls of Islamophobia to Donald Trump, have been featured in Seventeen Magazine, and CNN. Majeed is also the author of The Foreigners, a book detailing the lived experiences of Muslim people from around the world.