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Muslim Wonder Woman Shows There’s More Than One Way For Super Heroes To Be Sexy

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These days I can’t seem to open my Internet box without stumbling across some new artistic interpretation of Disney princesses or superheroes. Some are more effective than others–disabled Disney princesses challenged the ableism of these characters, Anne Frank and Hilary Clinton got the princess treatment, and Disney princess porn somewhat artlessly pointed to the sexualization of these characters aimed at children. While these reinterpretations have become somewhat tired, an artist has re-drawn non-Disney princess Wonder Woman into a hijab-wearing Muslim Wonder Woman in one of the most effective redrawing of established characters that I’ve seen in a while.

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The artist, who goes by Alex, added a hijab, leggings, and a skirt in place of Wonder Woman’s typical hot pants and bustier. The hijab or any head/face covering has become a symbol of oppressed Muslim women, primarily to non-Muslims masquerading as liberators. Putting one on Wonder Woman up ends that paradigm, making it very clear that a hijab does not equal oppression. Instead, Muslim women are as nuanced as women of other religions; the oppression at the hands of men varies, as it does in all cultures.

What’s most striking is the representation of sex appeal in a way that we’re not used to seeing it. While this interpretation of Wonder Woman is more modestly dressed than the traditional version, she still has plenty of sex appeal. I’m not making a case for covering up or showing more skin–the goal here should be to cover up or to show as much as the person in question wants to, whether it’s dictated by a belief system, personal comfort, or any other factor. This shows the diversity of sex appeal, and that there’s many more than just one way to be sexy.

Photos: Wonder Woman, Tumblr [h/t io9]

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  • Kay_Sue

    I feel like this Wonder Woman is better prepared to actually fight people too…unless Wonder Woman has iron skin, I’ve kind of always wondered how effective her original costume would really be…

    • Holly

      I could go on and on about ridiculous costumes on women in comics, but in Diana’s defense, she’s pretty tough and fast so, while her skin isn’t invulnerable to stabby things, you’re going to have a hard time getting your stabby stabbers that close to her. :)

    • Flat Banana

      Well given that in the comics and whatever depiction she is in, she gets beaten and thrown through buildings regardless of what she wears and still walks away. Therefore, what superheroes wear is all just cosmetic and symbolic. Hell, I should start a character with a magical raggedy-ass T-shirt which protects him/her from everything…

  • Mon

    You should do an article on the Burka Avenger. Great concept.

  • Crayzcheshire

    <3 it!! Sexy ≠ Skin (doesn't HAVE to, that is)

  • Holly

    On a related note (and because I get excited when I can talk about comics in any form whatsoever) the new Ms Marvel is Muslim and that’s pretty awesome.

  • ILW

    Not reading this site for cultural- relativistic propaganda. If The Gloss is pro-hijab as a policy, I am out of here. Please clarify.

    • Crayzcheshire

      How about you just leave now? And please don’t come back. Go get your ‘merica on somewhere else.

    • ILW

      Way to make rude assumptions. Everyone who disagrees with your position is a racist idiot? It is possible to have an opinion that diverges from your own quite legitimately. Deal with it.

  • J__o__h__n

    It is oppression. And you can still see her face and parts of her arms.

  • Anne Marie Hawkins

    Why not talk about the new Ms. Marvel? A mainstream publisher is actually putting out a book starring a teen Muslima superhero.