These Muslim cosplayers are incorporating their hijab into stunning costumes

These Muslim women have found a way to incorporate their beliefs of modesty into cosplay and some of the costumes are out of this world.

An increasing number of women are beginning to get into cosplay – and no small number of these women are Muslim. You would think wearing a hijab would make dressing up as costumed character so much more difficult. However, a few ladies are using their hijab as an addition to their costume as hair or pieces of costuming. They will even use nude coloured clothing to portray skin.

Malaysian cosplayer Kira told Mashable that she was inspired to cosplay after seeing a fellow Muslim woman cosplaying and utilising her hijab as a piece of costuming.

Kira said, “Around seven years ago I attended an event and saw a hijab cosplayer… and her costume was modified to that suitable for a Muslim. At that time it was hard to find [any] hijab cosplayers.”

Kira explained that she enjoys cosplay as it gives her the ability to explore her love for characters. However, she chooses her cosplay characters carefully based on covering up and ensuring their clothing doesn’t have other religious elements.

In 2013, a Facebook gallery was created to showcase Muslim women cosplaying with their hijabs.

Another Malaysian woman who is Instagram famous for cosplaying with her hijab is Saraswati, or Queen of Luna. She is known for her make-up skills and her cosplaying of well-known Disney characters.

Inspired by Betty Boop ?? I glued my original eyebrows to make them invisible. I also painted my chin dark to camouflage it with my top, to make it look shorter lol. . . . . #bettyboop #booplove #retro #retromakeup #retrolook #classiccartoons #retrocartoon #cosplayer #facepainting #halloween #halloweenmakeup

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This has been one of the most requested looks since I first joined instagram. I've finally come around to doing this, and here it is magnificient Mystique! ? Eyes were edited but I was also wearing contacts, Wolf Moon lenses from @colourvue_official . . . . #mystique #xmen #marvel #ravenDarkholme #marvelcomics #xmen #supervillain #jenniferlawrence #xmencosplay #mystiquecosplay #cosplayer

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If Snow White came back to life, how else would she look like? . . Hear ye, hear ye… Tahniah kepada #FACEAwardsMY Top 15 finalist! Cabaran kedua anda bertema Dreaming in Candy ?????? Adakah madu di tangan kananmu atau racun di tangan kirimu? Saya memang teruja dan tidak sabar untuk melihat kreativiti dan inspirasi "masterpiece" anda! Selamat berusaha, beauty junkies dan semoga berjaya! Can't wait to see the Top 6 finalists soon! . . #nyxprofessionalmakeup #nyxcosmeticsmy . . Products used: Lenses: – @colouredcontactsuk Blue blind – @ttd_eye Snow Chocolate Fake blood: @jarincsg . . . #snowwhite #twisteddisneyprincess #disneyprincess #sfx #sfxmakeup #disneymakeup #disneycosplay #disneygram #myccuklenses #halloween #halloweenmakeup

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Sailor Moon ? "Dengan kuasa bulan akan menghukummu!" ? Requested by @otamblurr! It seems Sailor Moon is suddenly a very popular character, is there a new show or a movie coming out recently? A lot of you guys have been requesting me for this look, on the last few pictures I posted lol. Deets: @nyxcosmetics_my HD studio photogenic in natural beige @maybelline Clear smooth in honey Lips: @kameliacosmetics Mermaid lipcream in Luna Eyes: @sigmabeauty Gel liner – Wicked @nyxcosmetics_my Lush lashes mascara @nyxcosmetics_my Prismatic eye shadow in blue jeans Highlighter: @nyxcosmetics_my Bright idea stick in Lavender lust Painted headband: A red ruby @nyxcosmetics_my Vivid brights liner in halo @makeuprevolution Matte brights palette @sigmabeauty Gel liner – Liberally roasted Lashes: @muah_studio Upper lashes (Rafflesia) and lower lashes (sweet pea) . . . #sailormoon #usagi #anime #animemakeup #animeeyes #manga #chibiusa #sailorvenus #sailormars #sailormoonmakeup #sailormooncosplay #sailormercury #sailorjupiter #sailoruranus #sailorneptune #sailorpluto #sailorsaturn #animecosplay #mangamakeup

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Jessica Rabbit ❤?? As requested by some of you guys. Using all @nyxcosmetics_my Face: – Sculpt and highlight in caramel – HD finishing powder Eyes: – Conceal, correct, contour palette – Avant pop eyeshadow mixed with sweet cheeks blush palette – Ultimate shadow palette – Vinyl liquid liner in black – Double stacked mascara Highlighter: – Bright idea stick in coralicious Blusher: – Ombre blush in Strictly chic & Sweet cheeks blush palette Lips: – Matte lipstick in pure red – Lip lustre in Mystic gypsy Fanart cred: DanielaUhlig on Deviantart

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We’re kind of convinced that Queen of Luna’s hijab hair looks better than a wig.

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