By Mahvish Irfan
TMO Contributing Writer
There’s a ton of YouTubers out there, but these 5 Muslim women are shining in the spotlight like no other. They’re addressing a growing and hungry market of young, educated, modern Muslims and taking their talents in everything from activism, to fashion, to comedy and sharing it with large audiences. The best part? They’re reaching out to thousands of non-Muslims and portraying a more accurate depiction of what today’s Muslim looks like: loyal to their faith, country and individualities.
Without further ado, here are 5 Muslim Women YouTubers to look out for!
Tazzy Phe is a 24-year-old, quirky, Pashtun comedian who talks about the oddities of Muslim American life in relatable, yet hilarious ways. She also jokingly teaches people how to look like a Kardashian, be racist and socially awkward all in hopes that you don’t do any of those things. Every Tuesday – also known as Tazzy Tuesday – new short clips are uploaded!
Check out one of her latest funny videos: How to Survive Unemployment
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Stats: 37,925 subscribers, 3,068,893 views, Joined Jul 26, 2006
Haifa is a young, Middle Eastern woman who chases dreams for a living and invites everyone, everywhere to join her. She loves to travel, learn about different cultures and discover the world around her. Her passion for travel is reflected in her videos of her exhilarating trips to Zanzibar, South Korea, India, and more!
Here’s a video of her special trip to Jerusalem. Dare to dream, Haifa says!
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Stats: 45,088 subscribers, 1,568,551 views, Joined Mar 7, 2014
Assma Galuta is a model, fashion designer, blogger and YouTube star known by her fans as AsoOmii Jay. She loves art and fashion but says activism is her calling in life. Residing in Canada, AsoOmii Jay makes short videos that challenge stereotypes and Islamophobia head on. She raises awareness for those who are suffering and regularly posts about important political issues. Her videos include Smiles for Syria, Canadians reaction to the injustice in Palestine, the refugee crisis and more.
Below is her Blind Trust Project video where AsoOmii and friends sought out the reactions of Canadians in downtown Toronto to a blindfolded Muslim man, whose arms were open to receive hugs. The responses were touching and inspiring.
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Stats: 34,210 subscribers, 3,704,098 views, Joined Sep 8, 2011
Amena is one sister who loves flexing her creativity muscle! Her YouTube channel includes everything from makeup and hijab tutorials, skincare tips, fashion advice, vlogs with her husband and more. She is also the owner of Pearl Daisy, where she designs and creates “hoojabs” (hooded hijabs), clothing and accessories. Her friendly, charming personality has earned the love of thousands of fans.
Take a look at her December video, Huge Haul! Winter Clothing 2015
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Stats: 291,460 subscribers, 28,670,602 views, Joined Nov 15, 2006
Kendyl Noor Aurora
Kendyl Noor Aurora is a revert to Islam. She’s tattooed and pierced, but a proud Muslimah with rocking taste in fashion. She models modest wear, loves the color black, stands up for the oppressed, and describes herself as a world-wandering gypsy whose current place of residence is NY. Her goal is to create uplifting content that will inspire others, as she understands how difficult life can be sometimes. Kendyl has recently posted a Q & A featuring her mother, where the two discuss her conversion to Islam, and 3 Ways to Style the Blanket Scarf with Hijab, a helpful tutorial that will get hijabis through the winter!
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Stats: 177 subscribers, 618 views, Joined Nov 30, 2015