“Everyone deserves the right to love, and be loved in return,” says MOGA founder Azahn Munas.
Designers at MOGA, a Muslim-owned accessories company out of South Yarra, Australia, have created a rainbow-colored headscarf in support of LGBT rights. The hijab comes as Australians are voting on marriage equality.
“During one of the most critical and important times in our nation’s history, we at MOGA are proud to voice our support for marriage equality in Australia,” the companysaid in a statement. “Our love and adoration towards the LGBTIQ community is strong and we have designed a limited edition rainbow striped Pride scarf in honor of their strength, bravery and inclusive spirit.”
The Pride scarf, available for about $54.00 U.S. at the ASOS boutique, is printed on 100% silk crepe de chine.
“Like with our previous designs, our Pride scarf can be worn anyone, regardless of their skin color, religious beliefs or sexual orientation,” said MOGA founder Azahn Munas. “To demonstrate this, we have even draped it as a hijab, a world first, to acknowledge that members of the LGBTIQ community exist in ALL religions, including Islam, which is sadly one of the most homophobic in the world.”
“At the end of the day, everyone should feel proud of who they are, regardless of their skin color, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation,” Munas added, “and everyone deserves the right to love, and be loved in return.”
This isn’t MOGA’s first foray into activism, though: the label also released an Australia Day collection to celebrate diversity and acceptance, and Munas sent a headscarf toislamaphobe politician Pauline Hanson.
MOGA also released a “More than Meat” collection, which included a Lady Gaga-esque headscarf made entirely of actual raw meat to illustrate that women were “not just a piece of meat.”
The brand has strong roots in social responsibility, too: 20% of profits aredonated to the CARE Foundation, which supports access to education for girls in Pakistan and other regions.