'Hijab' promotes positive body image in Brit Muslim women
A new study has revealed that British Muslim women who wear a hijab generally have more positive body image, are less reliant on media messages about beauty ideals, and place less importance on appearance than those who do not wear a hijab.
According to the study, these effects appear to be driven by use of a hijab specifically.
Researcher Viren Swami said that while people shouldn't assume that wearing the hijab immunizes Muslim women from negative body image, the study does suggest that wearing the hijab may help some women reject prescriptive beauty ideals.
The study was published in the British Journal of Psychology.
(Posted on 03-09-2014)