“As an artist and a designer, I have the means to speak volumes through my work without uttering a single word. My work functions as a refinement of emotions and experiences based on symbolism, color, and image.
When I converted to Islam in 2015, only then did I truly understand what it meant to make a statement without words. My hijab bears the burden of labels such as "oppressed" or "primitive" but in reality, I now know freedom in ways that I didn't even realize were possible; freedom to love, to think, to learn, to forgive, to give, and to expect nothing in return except knowing that my time on this earth was spent treating others with the compassion and understanding that many in this country don't even believe that I deserve as a black, Muslim woman.
For every person who sees me as a symbol of radicalism and extremism, the need to create space for myself and anyone who is seen as "other" or "the minority" grows exponentially. At the end of the day we must remember: to love one another, we must understand one another”