SZA Says She Was Afraid To Wear The Hijab After September 11 | Fashion
Singer SZA spoke about the Islamophobia she experienced as a child and how she stopped wearing a hijab veil after 9/11 because she was “very afraid” of the reaction it would provoke .
The singer, who grew up in a Muslim household in a predominantly white community in New Jersey, was speaking to The Snapchat series of the Muslim Girl website on his experiences.
âI stopped covering after September 11 because I was so scared,â she said. âIt was like elementary school, college. I regret so much – like being afraid or caring about what people say about me.
The singer, real name SolÃ¡na Rowe, said she started wearing the hijab again in high school but felt judged by the community for not being godly enough. âThey were like, ‘What is this? You are not living your life properly. You are not really a Muslim. Shut your mouth.’ I always let someone dictate how I was, âshe said.
At the same time, Rowe said that non-Muslims projected onto her the idea that she was “oppressed” because of her headgear. “I couldn’t believe in Islamophobia by randomly deciding that I was oppressed for covering my hair.” She also revealed that her family had been the victim of crimes due to her faith. “Someone threw a brick at my father’s mosque,” she told the show.
The singer said that when she started her career she felt pressure from the recording industry to dress less modestly. âAt firstâ¦ I had a lot of people telling me what they thought I should look like and how I should dress,â she said. “And for some reason, I didn’t care, like at all.”
The singer has hinted that she may wear a hijab in the future. “We played [shows] in Malaysia and Indonesia and it was really heartwarming to be able to cover the show, âshe said. “I always go back and forth [wearing a hijab] like, should I cover? she said, “because I don’t want to be a part-time roofer.”