Tiq Zulkifli dons the hijab and is inspired by Korean fashion. She always keeps up with the latest fashion trends and ensures that she still stays modest.
Story: Nur Haslin Hashim
Photos: D. Renumathie
The term “hijabster” is defined as a Muslim woman who dresses up as a “hipster” while conforming to the requirements of Islam. This term has been used extensively in Singapore as well as in Malaysia.
However, many conservatives in today’s society look at dressing modestly as if it should not be stylish. If you wear anything out of the norm, you will be judged. At times, people look at you differently because of the hijab on your head.
This has not stopped Tiq Zulkifli, 25, or better known as Automatiqhigh in the online community, from being trendy and dressing up in any way that she likes as long as she is “covered”. Though she was once rejected at a job interview for wearing her hijab and was told to remove it, she still believes that there are a lot of opportunities out there if you leave your doors wide open.
When Tiq first made the decision to put on hijab in 2013, she set limits to the types of outfits she could dress in and ensures that the scarf or hijab covers her chest all the time. This is so she adheres to the rules that have been commanded in Islam.
Having garnered more than 13,000 followers on Instagram, this social media influencer always has her fashion on fleek. From just a simple outfit combining a shirt and pants to rocking a ruffled-sleeve blouse under a maxi dress with hem frill, Tiq finds inspirations and keeps up with the latest fashion trends through social media and blogs.
“The world is so fast paced now. Things change in a matter of seconds, so you need to keep yourself connected to the internet,” she mentions.
Nonetheless, modesty and fashion can go hand in hand. It is only a matter of time to get used to modest fashion and it is important for you to be comfortable in the outfit that you choose to wear.
One thing Tiq believes in is to let people be and wear what they want.
“We should always be open to changes and ideas from others, especially from those that hold the same beliefs as we do. If we don’t support our own community, who will?”
Like Tiq, there are other hijabsters out there who share her beliefs. We take a look at how they take modern fashion and reinterpret it in this lookbook: