by Mabel Roy
  • 1 minute read
  • August 03, 2020
Meet The Influencer Who Has Become The First Hijabi Woman To Model For Jean Paul Gaultier

Taqwa Bint Ali,  co-founder of France’s first modest fashion platform Galeries Zarafet, is taking the fashion world by storm. The French-Tunisian influencer, who is beloved for her tasteful modest dressing and efforts towards creating comfortable attire for hijab-wearers in France, has now made her mark as the first hijabi model for French designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

In the photographs posted on both Taqwa and the brand’s official social media accounts, the 22-year-old can be seen wearing an oversized lime green jumper over a black feather-trimmed skirt and sports sneakers with red shin guards. The images are part of a series titled No Show for the acclaimed French fashion house.

Taqwa  is also actively involved with Akagi Club, an organization that works as a safe place to secure spaces for Muslim women who are interested in keeping active and playing sports. She has also worked with Italian luxury house Fendi as part of a diverse team of women modelling for their summer collection.

As the first hijabi model for the house, this is a milestone for both Taqwa and Gaultier, which has been known for creating unconventional and unique campaigns like using everyday people rather than models for his runway show. Being a renowned and influential icon of fashion, this campaign is a welcome step in the quest for diversity and inclusion of minority communities in the fashion world.

Cover image credit: @jpgaultierofficial

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