By Debiparna Chakraborty Last Updated:
The hijab is a religious as well as political statement in today’s world. While some claim it to be a symbol of patriarchal oppression, some believers of ‘choice-feminism’ claim it back as a feminist symbol.
Women have always been told what to wear and what not to wear, for centuries, and we are at present living in a world where women in many free nations can choose what they wear, whenever they want to.
Anyway, no matter which side of the opinion-river you stand on, you will love and admire the beautiful work of Malaysian makeup artist, Saraswati, who goes by the name Queen of Luna on Instagram. She uses her colourful stock of hijabs to transform herself into Disney heroes and villains, and so many other fascinating characters!
Did you know Projection cakes were popularised by Disney? Here are 7 Fantastic Reasons To Have Projection Cakes At Your Wedding
Saraswati is not only extremely talented, she is a self-proclaimed Disney nerd, which is a step ahead of a common fan, as all nerds know. And, she is also a huge fan of Comic books, she is also into the whole world of J. R. R. Tolkien, metal music, and science-fiction and fantasy genre in general.
It takes tremendous talent to be able to use makeup as a tool and use your own face as a canvas and bring alive fictional characters that otherwise dwell in a different world than ours. What Saraswati does with her hijab is also a great way to smash notions of Orientalism, which essentially means, “…the way that the West perceives of — and thereby defines — the East.”
Makeup and clothes are very much a part of the dialogue when it comes to the fight toward achieving gender equality. And in her own cool way, Saraswati has done something amazing by her use of hijab in transforming her looks and creatively expressing herself.