Punk is a very eclectic genre. Since its birth in the 1970’s, it’s grown to be one of the largest subcultures in the world. Even though it varies from region to region, it’s one of the most recognizable styles of clothing — from studded leather jackets and plaid prints to chains.
In regards to Muslim fashion, I don’t think people should immediately assume the length of creative fashion for Muslims is hipster-chic fashionista. After all, fashion is huge and Muslim fashion is certainly not limited to a specific style.
Regarding her bold clothing choices, [Sayar] symbolizes that people should not believe in one type of Muslim girl, there are many types of girls out there and they will express themselves in different ways.
Just as punk, lolita, and goth can be found in almost all societies and cultures, it’s also found within the realm of Muslim fashion. Therefore, it is crucial to realize that the Muslim fashionista can be anything: a japanese lolita, gothic-chic, or in this case, punk hijabista and proud!
Tesnim Sayar is redefining the punk genre to fit with modest Muslim dress. She dons a zip-on mohawk with her hijab. Born Turkish in Denmark, she has been wearing the hijab since she was 8 years old. When she was 12, she bought her first rivet bracelet and this eventually led to establishing her identity as a Muslim goth-punk. Regarding her bold clothing choices, she symbolizes that people should not believe in one type of Muslim girl, there are many types of girls out there and they will express themselves in different ways. Therefore, she expresses herself as punk.
Tesnim has also attended Kolding Design School — where she aspires to create clothing that is modest, but also incorporates aspects of her punk-goth identity. While the punk subculture is usually associated with anti-establishment, Tesnim is one of many who believe that there is no contradiction between punk and Islam.