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Wearing The Hijab In Britain

For Muslim women in the United Kingdom, the decision to wear a head scarf, or hijab, reflects a complex range of personal beliefs and competing social pressures. Reuters photographer Olivia Harris took portraits of Muslim women and girls in London and asked them why they chose to wear the hijab. She found that their reasons go beyond simple religious observance, and include modesty, fitting in with classmates, and defying the racist attitudes of some non-Muslims.