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This Woman Created An Instagram Page To Empower Dark-Skinned Muslim Women

"A minority in a minority."

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Liaden told BuzzFeed News she created an Instagram page called "@darkskinnedhijabis" to tackle colourism.

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"Unfortunately, colourism stems deep in the Muslim community and throughout history, darker-skinned people have been treated unfairly, which is of course fundamentally wrong," she said.

"I couldn't help but notice the lack of representation of Muslim women in the beauty community and even more so the unrepresented side of the melanin spectrum."

Liaden said she has experienced colourism first hand. "As a dark black skin Muslim women myself, I know what it feels like to speak up and be ignored," she said.

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"Not to forget that there's a sick underlying form of discrimination and exclusion present in many Muslim communities and culture towards darker skinned people," she said.

"History proves that life is undeniably unfair and severe at times for a woman but even more so when you are 'dark-skinned' Muslim woman."

Liaden's page aims to highlight dark-skinned Muslim women.

Instagram: @darkskinnedhijabis
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People have been submitting photos with the hashtag #darkskinnedhijabis.

Instagram: @darkskinnedhijabis

So far 700 people have submitted a picture via the hashtag.

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Liaden said she has been overwhelmed with the support shown to the Instagram page.

She said, "For the longest time, I felt that I was the only one, fighting my battles alone waiting to be heard.

"Within 24 hours we ranked 1,000 followers on Instagram, this shows the obvious demand of lack of representation and the many that think alike

and support this movement."

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