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MIMU MAXI: Finding Style in Modesty

In a time where people on television and in magazines are often overly exposed, it comes as a refresher to see people covering up rather than dressing down. Mimi Hecht and Mushky Notik, two sisters-in-law, have made that easier with their modest and stylish fashion company, MIMU MAXI “I think the notion of modest fashion is the idea of modesty not being about hiding yourself but about empowering yourself and not about having to give into society’s standard of what’s fashionable,” says Hecht. In August of 2013, after being dissatisfied with the clothing available to fit their Orthodox Jewish standards of modesty – covered collarbones, elbows and knees – the two Brooklyn-based designers put their idea of clothing that is both modest and fashionable into action. The name MIMU MAXI is a combination of the first two letters of both of their names and maxi from a maxi skirt; which was their first design. But now the name means something different to them. “We’re not just doing maxi skirts anymore. Our overall collection incorporates tops, skirts …

Kicking Stereotypes & Taking Names: Amani Alkhat

Amani Alkhat is not your average college student. This researcher, scholar, public speaker, activist, and writer (whew!) was invited to speak at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance conference at the UN Plaza. We spoke to Amani about her remarkable blog, Muslim Girl, about what it’s like being a young, fashionable Muslim woman in America. She’s got a bright mind full of goals and a heart full of drive, so trust us—one day, she will be in your child’s history book. YHM: Tell us a little about your experiences at Rutgers University and elsewhere. Amani Alkhat: I’ve been heavily involved with Middle Eastern community and with cultural and politically conscious organizations. It was really refreshing to have them on campus; in high school, I didn’t have any communities to connect with. The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) changed my life. I feel like a different person. It exposed me to feminism in all its forms and has helped shape my identity and how I view feminism as a Muslim and Arab woman. YHM: I …