Princess Hijab Strikes Again
"Princess Hijab knows that L’Oréal and Dark & Lovely have been killing her little by little. With her spray paint and black marker pen, she is out to hijabize advertising. Even Kate Moss is targeted. By day, she wears a white veil, symbol of purity. By night, her black veil is the expression of her vengeful fight for a cause," states Princess Hijab (princesshijab.org) in her manifesto.
What is that cause? In a nutshell, it is to subvert consumer images—especially of women—and to push cultural boundaries.
And few are spared the Princess' black marker and spray paint in her artistic Jihad.
In the online gallery of her "hijabizing" of ad campaigns, lightly clad models in ads for Virgin Music and various clothing companies have been re-dressed by the Princess in veils and chadors (body-length veil), their eyes popping out of face-covering hijabs.
They are striking as much as they are irreverent, and they have caused anger in both Muslim and secular circles.
Cinderella in chador and hijab men
Even Cinderella dancing with her prince in an animated advertisement for the popular fairytale turned film has had her dress changed to a black chador/abaya.
Next to the "hijabized" Cinderella is an ad of a man with a black medieval-style helmet painted over his head, only his bright blue eyes sticking out of the artistic arrangement.
Princess Hijab told MENASSAT that her hijab campaigns are not plastered on the streets of Paris as an act of "art for art's sake," but instead represent a part of what she calls "art propositions for a more global idea."
In this global idea, Princess Hijab means she pursues what she calls her "noble cause," or her "anti-advertising movement" in an attempt to fight today's mainstream and sexist consumerism.
But what she calls her "subverting visuals" are done in a manner that puts it in opposition to a Western-style advertising format, with its images of scantily clad women and underweight men and women used to sell anything from deodorant to coffee.
Seeing this reminds me of a post I done last year
May 6 2008 A COUNCILLOR today called for more control over advertising posters in "culturally sensitive" areas of Birmingham.
Coun Talib Hussain made his plea after a billboard on the corner of Sydenham Road and Golden Hillock Road, in predominantly Muslim Sparkbrook, was defaced.
The hoarding, close to mosques in Anderton Road and Golden Hillock Road and visible to parents and children walking to Montgomery Primary School, promotes Matalan's new swimwear range and features three scantily-clad models.
The models have been covered in thick white paint to conceal bare flesh.
Coun Talib Hussain (Ind, Sparkbrook) criticised the vandalism but said it was a result of the lack of action from city council bosses. He said: "I condemn the people that did this but at the same time it's wrong for companies to put that kind of advert in sensitive wards.
"I have received complaints on a number of occasions not to put adverts like that in Sparkbrook. "The city council should not give permission to advertising like that in these wards. "Having families seeing naked pictures does not bring the community together, it provokes things."
The vandalism is similar to a spate of attacks in 2005 and 2006 by a group called Muslims Against Advertising.
A Birmingham City Council spokesman, said: "Our only power is to approve where advertising can take place, but not what is put on it. "That is between the Advertising Standards Agency and the firm itself."
The ASA said the content of billboard adverts was controlled by billboard owner and the advertiser, and that the agency only had "responsive" powers.
"If we receive complaints we will consider if an advert should be removed."
They can always fuck off to where every they came from
Now back to the other Jihad