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Ten Reasons Why The Presence Of Kamala Khan Is Needed Now More Than Ever

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This is Kamala Khan, Marvel's only Muslim superhero.

She made her debut in August 2013 in Captain Marvel #14 and got her own series less than a year later.

The series "Ms. Marvel" became an instant international bestseller.

The series "Ms. Marvel" became an instant international bestseller.

Many of you know, the Muslim community has been facing an increase of discrimination and Islamophobia. And with the presidency of Donald Trump, Muslims are being treated as second class citizens.

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 28: Protesters gather to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo by G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 28: Protesters gather to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo by G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images)

Now more than ever, it's crucial to support art and media that portrays Muslims as ordinary people and Marvel's Ms. Marvel does exactly that.

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Here are ten reasons why we all should start (or keep) reading the comic series.

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1. Her Presence Breaks Stereotypes

Kamala is the first Muslim superhero to get her own series. Her presence as a young superhero allows many readers to see the everyday life of American Muslims and diversifies the comic universe.
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Kamala is the first Muslim superhero to get her own series. Her presence as a young superhero allows many readers to see the everyday life of American Muslims and diversifies the comic universe.

2. The first issue breaks down self-confidence issues many young WOC face

In the first issue, Kamala breaks down her issues with her self-esteem and how being surrounded by skinny, blonde, white women in the media makes her feel unwanted and ugly. Kamala's struggle with self-confidence highlights a problem many women of color face.
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In the first issue, Kamala breaks down her issues with her self-esteem and how being surrounded by skinny, blonde, white women in the media makes her feel unwanted and ugly. Kamala's struggle with self-confidence highlights a problem many women of color face.

3. Her character is beneficial to all WOC

A teenage WOC who battles the evils of society and the supernatural? Check. Kamala's character opens the gateway for other mainstream comic publishers to diversify their characters so their readers can have more heroes to relate to.
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A teenage WOC who battles the evils of society and the supernatural? Check. Kamala's character opens the gateway for other mainstream comic publishers to diversify their characters so their readers can have more heroes to relate to.

4. It gives readers a real look into Islam

Religion and superheroes was just something that never mixed in many comics, but Ms. Marvel changes that. In the series, you see Kamala routinely go to her Mosque for prayer and guidance. This allows many readers who are probably not familiar with Islam and its practices get an up close look through Kamala's experiences.
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Religion and superheroes was just something that never mixed in many comics, but Ms. Marvel changes that. In the series, you see Kamala routinely go to her Mosque for prayer and guidance. This allows many readers who are probably not familiar with Islam and its practices get an up close look through Kamala's experiences.

5. Kamala is apologetically Muslim.

She never shows regret for her faith or any indication she's ashamed of her faith. Kamala's dedication to her faith is something truly remarkable in the comic world.
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She never shows regret for her faith or any indication she's ashamed of her faith. Kamala's dedication to her faith is something truly remarkable in the comic world.

6. It proves that not all Muslim women wear the Hijab

A big misconception about Muslim women is that they are forced to wear a hijab and the headscarf is a symbol of oppression, but this isn't the case. While Kamala's has a friend who proudly wears a hijab, Kamala doesn't because she chose not to.
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A big misconception about Muslim women is that they are forced to wear a hijab and the headscarf is a symbol of oppression, but this isn't the case. While Kamala's has a friend who proudly wears a hijab, Kamala doesn't because she chose not to.

7. It gives an inside look of the Muslim family household (which is pretty normal)

She has dinner with her family every night and argues with her parents about boys and homework. She gets grounded. She bickers with her brother. But they love they have for each other is just like any other American family.
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She has dinner with her family every night and argues with her parents about boys and homework. She gets grounded. She bickers with her brother. But they love they have for each other is just like any other American family.

8. Many of the stories in the comic parallel to real stories related to Muslims

Her character finally gives Muslim readers the chance to relate to a superhero in many different ways.
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Her character finally gives Muslim readers the chance to relate to a superhero in many different ways.

9. Kamala doesn’t fit into the societal mold of femininity (and that’s awesome)

She is what society considers a tomboy and that's pretty awesome.
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She is what society considers a tomboy and that's pretty awesome.

10. She proves that Muslims girls are just like any other girl in the United States

They have crushes. They go to school. They study hard and make goals for themselves. Kamala shows that Muslim girls are just like every other girl in America.
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They have crushes. They go to school. They study hard and make goals for themselves. Kamala shows that Muslim girls are just like every other girl in America.

Keep doing you Kamala.

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