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Covering up

An American Muslim’s new fashion line combines Islam’s strict moral codes with a New Yorker’s sense of style

By Sebastian Smith  /  AFP, New York

“They are vibrant and wear amazing colors. Only their special friends get to see them though,” Knight said. “I think it’s sexy for a woman to have secrets, good secrets.”

In Western society, she argues, women are not as liberated as they may think they are.

Knight gave the example of pop stars, saying men are judged largely on their singing talent, while female performers have to go an extra step.

“I think that women in this society aren’t allowed just to stand on their own merit,” she said. “For most of the women who really make it, you know, they have to take their clothes off. That’s the game they have to play.”

In her own work, she’s looking to shift the rules of the game.

“I’m telling a story that people aren’t telling,” Knight said.

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