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As I kept going through the magazine and thinking about its readers, however, I just couldn't let it go.
First of all, I was disappointed with the fashion spread.
Conclusion The magazine has a lot of promise and potential and does deliver some measure of material that is quite impressive; however, it also has an undeniably “progressive/ modernist” slant to it which I find a major drawback.
I'm as taken by sparkly shiny pretty things as the next girl out there, but personally I didn't think that a fashion spread featuring made-up, de-hijaabed girls was quite appropriate.
Okay, I get the whole “not all Muslim girls wear hijaab” and “modesty is the key, just keep covered and you can still look gorgeous! There are many other ways to showcase pretty clothes with showcasing the pretty girls along with them.
An interview with a Muslim girl studying martial arts with her father and uncle was enjoyable, as it reminded me of my own brief stint in the field.
Also appreciated was a full-length interview with sister Ingrid Mattson, who had just been elected as president of ISNA, as well as a short article titled “Finding the Prophet in His People,” by sister Ingrid herself.
It kinda looked like Lou Lou or Glamour or some other teen girl magazine… My joy at finding a fancy magazine aimed towards, and featuring, Muslim girls blinded me to any concern about dents to my wallet. Before I launch into a ruthless and scathing critique, let me first say that I think the premise of the magazine is wonderful, and I commend its creators for marshaling the resources and talents to put together such a professional and high-quality publication.
And then I had to fork out sixteen dollars to take it home, but what the hey. And then I experienced the sinking feeling of disappointment that you experience after you find out that the person you dreamed of meeting, whom you've now finally met, isn't really what you were expecting or hoping for after all.
Nor was I impressed with “Muslim Girl of the Month,” and “Muslim Girl International,” where the girls featured weren't exactly what I'd encourage my girls to look up to and follow.
No doubt, it's great that Muslim girls are getting more exposure and in a positive light, but I for one do expect that Islam is one of the main requirements in order for someone to be considered a role model.
Other commendable sections included a Health & Lifestyle Q-&-A column, a feature on cybersafety for Muslim girls, and a full-length report on the admirable work of a Muslim girl who single-handedly founded a non-profit charitable organization for Iraqi children whose lives were devastated by the war. Finally, the travel section was great (a tour through Turkey), and I really liked a cute little page titled “Girl Space,” about the girls and their relationship with their masajid.