Here’s how hijabi CoverGirl Nura Afia is doing since the election
Beauty blogger and CoverGirl brand ambassador Nura Afia sat down with Cosmopolitan to talk about her life post Trump’s presidential victory. Just before the election, CoverGirl’s first hijabi brand ambassador released a national campaign and became one of the most visible Muslim women in America. With the amount of hate crimes against Muslims comparable to those right after 9/11, we expected Nura’s life to be less than easy right now. But in spite of the discrimination she faces every now and then, the wife and mom is doing just fine.
Nura is happy that her public platform is helping to paint Muslims in a positive light.
"It's mostly been positive," Nura says of her new gig. "It's a breath of fresh air for everyone. As long as I've been alive, I don't think I've seen a hijabi in any type of commercial on U.S. television."
It’s no secret that Trump’s win has incited violence against many disenfranchised groups. And even though social media has played a huge role in birthing allies, it can be hard to believe that support is truly out there.
Nura shared of one experience in particular where she received a compliment from someone she didn’t expect — giving her hope that the good outweighs the evil.
"I was in a predominantly white area of Colorado a couple of weeks ago with my sister," tells Nura. "We were going out to eat and this really nice lady was like, 'You are just so very beautiful. Your scarf looks beautiful and I wanted to let you know you're really beautiful.' That's never happened to me before. She looked like somebody that — maybe if we're being stereotypical — would have been the perfect Trump supporter. She was a blonde, older white lady."
It’s nice to see that people are coming together right now. We definitely wish for more of this!