In a blog, “Hijabs on Western Political Women,” I displayed a brood of queens, princesses, first ladies, members of congress, foreign ministers, journalists, and even movie stars looking anywhere from faintly ridiculous to outlandishly bad as they wear some variant of a hijab.
It then occurred to me, what about Muslim political women – are they all in hijabs, chadors, jilbabs, niqabs, and burqas? A little research found that at least some of them not only avoid any Islamic apparel but fit a Western standard of beauty and glamor, making a sharp contrast to those Europeans and Americans in their tatty hijabs.
Beyond making this contrast, offering their pictures here suggests that, at least in the highest political circles, the Islamists will meet strenuous opposition from women. So, bring on the sequinned gowns, jeans, jewelery, curling irons, and make-up.
Let’s start with Khadiga el-Gamal, wife of Gamal Mubarak, daughter-in-law of Husni Mubarak, and possible future first lady of Egypt.
Queen Rania of Jordan:
Sheikha Mawza, wife of Hamd bin Khalifa, ruler of Qatar:
Mehriban Aliyeva, wife of the president of Azerbaijan:
Asma Al Assad, wife of Bashar Al-Assad, ruler of Syria:
Princess Consort Lalla Salma, wife of Muhammad VI, king of Morocco:
Sheikha Hiya, wife of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai:
Aesha Qaddafi, daughter of Mu’ammar:
Princess Amira Al-Taweel, wife of Saudi prince Waleed bin Talal:
Farah Diba, former empress of Iran:
Benazir Bhutto, the late prime minister of Pakistan: