Real voices and authentic beauty should never be censored. Meet UK-based personal trainer and influencer Shazia Hossen. As a hijabi woman, she knows just how it feels to be censored on social media and in real life. Through her inspiring platform she is striving for more visibility of underrepresented communities so that all women can be seen and heard.
How have you been affected by social media bias?
I’ve been censored in many areas of my life. As a woman, it's easy to feel ignored in male-dominated areas and it’s been a journey to find my voice and be able to speak. As a Muslim woman, there’s an extra layer. I’ve only worn a hijab for five years so I had to adjust to people’s reactions and public perception. There are rarely any positive things said about Muslim people in Western news and it often feels like we are only one law maker away from being told it’s illegal to wear a hijab publicly. I worry that governments might stop young Muslim girls from partcipating in sports while wearing a hijab which will affect visibility too.