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The Big Story

Young Muslims are injecting new glamour into modest wear

But fashion-forward "hijabistas" draw credit and criticism

ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writer | Indonesia

JAKARTA/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Fashela Jailanee clearly recalls how the hijab in 1990s Singapore was inextricably linked to the color black, the absence of makeup, and fashion deprivation. Fast forward 20 years and nothing could be further from the truth.

Today, many young Muslim women who wear the veil are stylish and glamorous, often twisting the headscarf into a turban style instead of pinning it under the chin in order to show off their dangling earrings, and adding high heels, jeans and luxury designer bags. Bold makeup is also part of the trend, including fake eyelashes and bright red lipstick.

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