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Hana Tajima by Nayzak Hana Tajima by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],



"... It's true that I never decided to convert to Islam, nor was there a defining moment where I realised I wanted to be Muslim... My family aren't particularly religious. I was interested in religion, but very disinterested in how it related to my life...
I grew up in rural Devon (in southwest England) where my Japanese father was the ethnic diversity of the village. It wasn't until I studied at college that I met people who weren't of the exact same background, into Jeff Buckley, underground hip-hop, drinking, and getting high. I met and became friends with a few Muslims in college, and was slightly affronted and curious at their lack of wanting to go out to clubs or socialise in that sense. I think it was just the shock of it, like, how can you not want to go out, in this day and age.

"It was at about that time that I started to study philosophy, and without sounding too much like I dyed my hair black and wore my fringe in front of my face, I began to get confused about my life. I was pretty popular, had good friends, boyfriends, I had everything I was supposed to have, but still I felt like 'is that it?' So these things all happened simultaneously, I read more about religion, learned more about friends of other backgrounds, had a quarter life crisis. There were things that drew me to Islam in particular, it wasn't like I was reaching for whatever was there. The fact that the Qur'an is the same now as it ever was means there's always a reference point. The issues of women's rights were shockingly contemporary. The more I read, the more I found myself agreeing with the ideas behind it and I could see why Islam coloured the lives of my Muslim friends...

Telling my family was the easy part. I knew they'd be happy as long as I was happy, and they could see that it was an incredibly positive thing. My friends went one of two ways, met with a lack of any reaction and lost to the social scene, or interested and supportive. More the former, less the latter."


Hana Tajima Simpson (Not FOX's Simpsons); This British born designer is well known for her online fashion label called Maysaa, which she founded a few years ago. Her endless devotion towards fashion has brought her to a much respected level in the fashion industry. Originally based in London, Maysaa has now opened its wings in the Southeast Asia countries - Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and yes, Malaysia!


hana said "There was a certain idea I had in my head about how a Muslim woman should look which is the black Abaya (baggy dress and scarf), but I realised that this is not true and that I could experiment with my looks, while being modest... It took a lot of trial and error to a find a style and a look I'm happy with."

Hana regularly blogs about her designs at StyleCovered website. While all her clothes are suitable for women who wear the hijab, she says she doesn't design with a specific group of people in mind.
"Frankly I design for myself... I think about what I'd like to wear and design it. I have many non-Muslim customers as well, so my designs are not targeted at Muslims alone..."



I hope this was beneficial.



Why did I choose to draw/write about Hana Tajima?
Well, for many reasons. first, as an example to break the stereotype that Muslim women are oppressed, they are prevented to shine. second, to break the stereotype that a Muslim must be Middle-Eastern. Third, I just wanted to draw something different.



If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
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WishElf Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow this is very nice! The camera looks so real! And the girl looks so pretty in her hijab!!! I love your work!
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!
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Amrock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
My goodness, this is greatness!
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ssetenay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
if you didnt write her name even, i could guess this is hana!
mashallah nice drawing. it looks like her ^^
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ssetenay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
if you didnt write her name even, i could guess this is hana !
mashallah nice drawing. it looks like her ^^
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blooming-shosho Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Asalamu Alaikom

nice work as always is it possible if u share Hana's website ??

thank u for ur time ^_^
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Wa alaykumussalaam

just google "Maysaa".
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blooming-shosho Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ok thank u ^_^
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Hikari-Hany Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
K-On!! style~
anyway, I love your art~~
May Allah bless you.. :iconarigatouplz:
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AisuMaruu Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful story (:
I'd better search Maysaa in my country later! *_*
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bellawing Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist
where do you from..?
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dilnoza5a Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AlhamduliLlah i know about u more))))hope ull tell us even more about urself InshaLlah!)))
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CadburyHersheyLuv456 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. :) Pretty, too.
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jamislamb Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I watch her tutorials! she's very lovely :la:
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halkeye20 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
great pic
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marwa15 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :heart:
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting!
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Wirsha Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the style, and the girl looks awesome , :) Nayzak YOU ARE THE BEST ARTIST IN dV , YOU'RE THE BEST ARTIST OF MINE

THE ONE AND ONLY Artist , :iconcutiesmileplz:
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mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
al slamo alykom wa rahtom ALLAHE wa brkaoth

MASHALLAH MASHALLAH MASHALLAH

very very very beautiful my big bro

thak you very much for much for the hardest work

^________________________^
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Kurommikitty Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm really glad that this kind of artwork is being recognized on DA. Although I'm a Christian, I'd like to think that everyone can like the things they like, do the things they do, and be the people they are, and still be awesome artists at the same time! ;) Keep rockin' on! Celebrating diversity is the best thing about websites like Deviantart. :)
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
just like this: [link]
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Kurommikitty Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes! Exactly ;) The modern world can be an awesome thing.
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edward-clare-naruto Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
And all this time, I thought she was Malaysian O.o
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wardet2ml Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist
wow she is so beautiful
she look so pretty
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ryry-star Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
ماشاء الله رسماتك دائما تثير إعجابي
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Cute.
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is really cool :D
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Alceon112 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Hmm...ah...are you from Malaysia? They way use,"ANd Yes:, makes me think you are really happy to have it in malaysia. BUt i might be wrong though...:P
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I copy some of my articles from websites.
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Alceon112 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Ughh...Nayzak..isnt someone that keeps a secret is a sin?*JOKE*
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
O___O
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Alceon112 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Im just joking...then is there a verse for keeping a secret is it a sin or not?
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clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
if you keep a secret that could benifit or save a life of someone then i guess so. becasue you could've save them but you chose not to
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Joserinu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Maa Sha'Allaah! Love this picture and love the story behind it.
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work, girl, I'm kinda of a similar background, that's why I got hooked into similar movements and religions too.
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AkiraSatsujinki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
So beautiful....And wow! I'm impressed that the artwork was in a 2.5D style; the character was cell-shaded, but the camera looked realistic! Definitely love to see a combination of realism and anime-style! Also, if you had not known yet, this magnificent woman was Yuna's inspiration when it comes to her fashion style :giggle: Interesting fact, no?
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aminavimo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I like the third reason why u draw this :D i love it :DDD
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CyprusBeetle Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is different :) I like it!

I think I will check this person out! She seems very interesting!
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Madi-Q Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Filmographer
Oh this one DEFINITELY HAS to go into the favourite folder XD
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clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
wow this is amaizing article. and your presentation of this art is refreshing and new. i like it
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Bagam Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That camera looks way too detailed and realistci compared to the rest of the drawing IMO.
Maybe you should have painted it in a more cell-shaded style, like what you do with the rest.
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Ain392 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice artwork !
I understand your way of thinking and I know about Hana tajima however I don't agree with the way she uses her hijab.
From what I see the hijaab is being used as a fashion tool in all her photo's ..this combined with skinny jeans and short dresses and what not.
I'm not expecting from anyone to be right away a perfect muslim ..but this some how is "promoting the islam in a wrong way".
This is only my opinion I might be wrong...just felt it was necessary to say this .
I have nothing against her and think she's a nice person.
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Scriddles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This is your best picture yet Nayzak! :D
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SosoSurprise Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Great picture
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