8 Hijab-Wearing Women Cooler Than Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie’s suggestion that religious women can’t be cool is not a good look for a brand who’s body-shaming strain of sexed-up Ivy League whiteness is seriously alienating its customers.
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March 5, 2015
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If you thought American Apparel’s employee dress code was strict, you should check out Abercrombie & Fitch's. The purveyor of branded polos and noxious scents are guilty of putting some equally peculiar sanctions on its workers’ appearance.

The “look policy” BuzzFeed obtained stressed that earring shape must be in good taste and that belly button rings are not allowed. (I don’t remember Abercrombie being big on crop tops, but maybe this is directed to the half-naked zinc models standing outside.)

Anyway, it’s the “no hats” part that has had the retailer wind up in the news. Samantha Elauf, who was 17 when she interviewed in a hijab for a sales role in 2008, had her case heard in court yesterday. The decision rests on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which makes it illegal to “fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual . . . because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Abercrombie claims it was Elauf’s responsibility to explicitly bring this up at the time of her interview — even if she didn’t know of the company policy.

Regardless of the decision, Abercrombie’s suggestion that religious women can’t be cool is NAGL for a brand who’s body-shaming strain of sexed-up Ivy League whiteness is seriously alienating its customers. Abercrombie is falling out of fashion, and its own ancient idea of what’s cool is definitely partly to blame. Just contrast the retailer’s increasingly lackluster sales with Elauf’s own vivacious Instagram account:

https://www.instagram.com/p/xNZr6TwvFu

New Years outfit inspo- now up on the blog!💖✨

A post shared by Samantha ايمان Elauf Mustapha (@samanthaiman) on

https://www.instagram.com/p/zGBMRDwvCY

Happy Valentine's Day lovelies! ❤️

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https://www.instagram.com/p/xkXoxswvHf

sporty luxe

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Here are seven other hijab or headscarf-wearing women who are way more relevant than Mike Jeffries.

Sobia Masood

Besides having a great Instagram name — sobi1canobi — Masood also has fairly banging taste in clothes, none of which are purchased from Abercrombie.

https://www.instagram.com/p/wPjJ8uGFTU

Yes it's the coat that everyone has...

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Naballah Chi

Our girl Naballah, an Islam-born communications major, is an explosion of acid-trip colors and good-taste earring shapes.

Buttoned-Up Mayhem

Alnas and Azba are cousins living in California and Arizona, respectively. One wears a hijab and one doesn’t, and they’re both equally awesome.

https://www.instagram.com/p/s3bG28StEO

Flashback in black. #fbf

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NabiilaBee

Nabiila is a fashion student and hijabi YouTube guru who achieves maximum slayage when paired with friends.

Ascia AKF

Headscarf and Reed Krakoff, because #YOLO.

https://www.instagram.com/p/zMiyQ6oj52

Laid back OOTD in @rivafashionme & @ReedKrakoff

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Fahima of Modern Majesty

Bonus points for the Maya Angelou quote.

Farah Emara

Farah would probably be a hit at American Apparel, but hey, that’s not her fault.

https://www.instagram.com/p/uY02-7jIEW

Got too much love for this little girl. #hanouni #cousin

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