Artful Message

The widespread image of a woman wearing an American flag as a hijab in the anti-Trump protests, more specifically displayed during the Women’s March, belongs to a 32-year old Bangladeshi named Munira Ahmed.

Originally from Queens, NY, the Muslim woman was photographed by Ridwan Adhami over a decade ago. Fast forward to women’s rights issues in 2017 when Shepard Fairey, the artist responsible for the iconic block-style portrait of our 44th president that came to symbolize Obama’s message of hope, stumbled upon Adhami’s photo. He was seeking to create something to symbolize a new message of hope that he felt was so strongly needed. The image quickly gained popularity for its striking gaze and powerful statement.

Ahmed herself participated in the D.C. march—an event that she knows will go down in history. She believes the experience will stay with her forever. “I felt love. I felt inclusiveness,” she said. “It’s going to take me a while to see what it really means when the dust settles.”

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