Usually the Oscars are centred on couture glittery gowns and golden trophies. However this time the spotlight was on Zaineb Abdul-Nabi the first Muslim American woman to have worn a hijab on the red carpet.
Ms. Abdul-Nabi, a 22 year-old-from the Bronx, New York, who is a student at the University of Michigan, was selected as one of six students who won the “Team Oscar” national film competition.
Thousands of college students had submitted short videos along with an essay demonstrating how they plan on contributing to the film industry. Abdul-Nabi’s produced a minute long video that details her hard work, creativity, and promise as an upcoming filmmaker.
At the red carpet event she stated her passion is to highlight “ordinary” people who are often misrepresented in the media.
The hijab proves to be a visible marker of success amongst the younger generation there really isn’t any limits we won’t explore.