Occupation English teacher
Aspirations To change mindsets & make a difference
English teacher Zara is a fashion addict who has experimented with a LOT of different looks. She says people often think wearing a headscarf is limiting or a mark of subservience, but she sees it as a beautiful accessory that can help make an outfit. As a British Muslim woman, she feels subject to so many stereotypes, from people not expecting her to speak English to calling her a terrorist. She has a powerful voice and wants to get into activism – Zara we’d follow you girl!!
Tell us about yourself
I grew up in Maidstone, but I’ve moved back to East London, where I was born. Immersing myself in London life has been great, it opens countless opportunities. I teach English, it’s something that comes so naturally to me and I see it as a gift that I can share.
What about the future?
I’ve worked for charities before, but I like the idea of doing something greater to make a real change. Shedding light on what happens to the religious individuals that I relate to is important to me. I grew up being bullied for who I was, because all these atrocities where happening in the world. I am a Pakistani individual, so at school I was called a Paki. Add to that, I’m Muslim, I wear a headscarf - I get called a terrorist.
What’s it like to wear a hijab?
It doesn’t affect my personal style. I think a lot of people might see it as a hindrance but for me, it’s something that adds to an outfit to help portray your personality.