As an Iranian-American, I am often asked about America’s relationship with the Muslim world and, in particular, how I feel about Donald Trump’s presidency. Let me first say, I did not vote for Trump. But I closely watch his moves, and have been secretly wishing him success in advancing democracy and Muslim reform, even if its incremental.
As Iranians, we have been trained to be very patient when it comes to change. We have learned that change or reform comes in baby steps, but soon the “toddler” begins to crawl, walk and even run on its own. And this in, many ways, parallels the women’s movement in Muslim majority countries.
As women, we owe a lot of our newfound freedoms to the impact of visual media. Women’s access to social media and the world of fashion have become catalysts for change in Muslim regions of the world.
With that said, I adore the way first lady Melania Trump dresses. Politics aside, I find her clothing choices on-point and good for women’s rights. I realize my Anglo friends may not agree with this assessment. But let me share my perspective as one who comes from a Muslim heritage.