The Internet Is Obsessed With This Hijabi Cosplayer, And It's Obvious Why
We have no choice but to stan!
If you haven't already met, please let me introduce you to Saima Chowdhury.
Chowdhury is a 27-year-old Muslim cosplayer from Birmingham, UK, and she's inspiring younger generations of hijabi women — and many others around the world — to embrace their nerdy side.
Cosplay is the art of paying homage to beloved characters in movies, shows, books, and video games by embodying both their personality and style.
While cosplay communities can be an inviting space for creators to express their love for anime and animated shows, minorities are often massively underrepresented both on screen and off.
There are even those in the community who are known as “gatekeepers.” These are often fans of cult classics who have a singular, whitewashed vision for what cosplay is and what it can be.
This is why representation found in creators like Chowdhury can be so impactful for both incoming and continuing cosplayers.
“OMG, you’re a huge inspiration for us hijabis,” one Instagram user wrote under one of Chowdhury’s recent cosplays.
Other’s have expressed similar sentiments.