When Abrar Shahin was awarded best dressed by her New Jersey high school, she was shocked. Though if you take a look at the street style of the future Rutgers student, the honor comes as no surprise.
"My fashion inspiration is definitely Queen Rania of Jordan," Shahin, who wears a hijab as part of her Muslim faith, told MTV News in an email. "She keeps up with all the fashion trends while looking elegant and modest! My other fashion inspirations are the hijabi fashionistas on Instagram."
The 18-year-old's love of fashion came at an early age, growing up making clothes for her dolls as a kid. Once she started wearing a hijab, that interest didn’t fade. "My hijab is my crown. While wearing it, I feel safe and confident with myself. I have the power to let people see who I truly am." And see her they did when Shahin's Clifton High School classmates voted the fashionista "Best Dressed."
"I am honored to come from a generation that is accepting. My sister, who went to Clifton High School 10 years ago, said she would never have imagined a hijabi winning this award," Shahin said in an interview with TODAY.com.
Shahin says that "as a young Muslim-American woman, I just want to let every girl out there know that they should not be afraid to express themselves through their style! Growing up in this society can be difficult, but the only way to advance and break stereotypes is to stay true to ourselves and beliefs."
Shahin is surely leading by example.