The Hijab May Improve Body Image, Study Says

As issues of cultural identity and beauty shift in an increasingly mobile world, British researchers wondered how wearing a hijab — a head covering worn by some Muslim women — might impact body image in a Western society.

The researchers hypothesized that the hijab may actually promote a healthier body image in women who wore it. Their results, published in the British Journal of Psychology, seem to support their theory. NPR has the details:

Now, this is not to say that all women everywhere should wear the hijab if they want to have a more positive concept of their bodies. But it does shed light on the psychology of women who don't conform to the beauty standards society sets for them, and the value of marching to the beat of your own drum. After all, what is being a nonconformist if not loving yourself exactly as you are, no matter what others think?

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