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The Recurring Question
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In eighth grade, a few years before I started wearing a hijab, I took part in a pageant. We were competing for the title of Miss Teen India New York 2009. I mainly signed up for the pageant because of the talent segment. I sang in front of my classmates the year before in a talent show, but I wanted to experiment with bigger audiences. The...

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Wardrobe Change
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    It was the first time, as a hijabi, that I had to find a dress for a formal occasion. I tried on a dress I had originally seen on the store’s website and it exceeded my expectations. It was a strapless black gown with orange, green, and purple flowers throughout the body from an American designer. I had the perfect dress, but...

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