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Muslim Millennial Women On What It's Like To Be Faithful In America

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During a time when misconceptions about Islam and Muslims seem all too common, a group of six Muslim women got together to celebrate their identities.

The squad of women was assembled as part of a collaboration between Teen Vogue and MuslimGirl.com. In a series of five videos, the women spoke about different aspects of Muslim American life -- from dating to choosing whether or not to wear the hijab.  

In one video, the women reflected on what it was like to grow up as a Muslim in America. The women talked about their celebrating holidays with their families, personal encounters with God, and having non-Muslims ask questions about their faith from a very early age. 

"When I started eight grade, I interacted with people who weren't Muslim, who were starting to ask me, 'What is Islam, why are you wearing that headscarf?'" one woman in the video said. "It kind of became my identity, that people are constantly asking me these questions, and that's what I'm known for, the person who is almost an ambassador for the religion."

In an article about the series,  editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl.com, wrote that Islamophobic sentiment has had a "tremendous impact" on Muslim millennial women. 

"Growing up Muslim in America during such a unique moment in our country's history has really shaped who we are today,"  wrote. "We connect with society based on a deep love and appreciation for our faiths and an eager desire to reclaim our identities even in the face of adversity."

For more videos from the series, check out Amani Al-Khatahtbeh's post on Teen Vogue. 

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