‘You Do You’ Creative Director Logan Jackson on Religion, Fashion & The Tattooed Hijabi

Photo: @auroraisnthome via Instagram

Logan Jackson knows a thing or two about identity politics in fashion.

The Creative Director of inclusivity-centric fashion site You Do You recently photographed Kendyl Noor Aurora, the Muslim fashion blogger formerly known as The Tattooed Hijabi, who spent a year off of social media after facing criticism for the intersection of her religious practice and fashion choices. We chatted with Jackson about the intersection of fashion, religion, and gender identity, as well as what fascinates You Do You about Aurora.

What drew you to this story?
We loved the idea of someone approaching religion on their own terms — doing it their way and finding that it works for them. As a tattooed, queer caucasian woman who embraces Islam, Kendyl was a great example of this and we wanted to find out more. We also wanted to give positive coverage to Muslim women in general.
Is religious inclusivity a core component of You Do You’s mission?
It is in the sense that we try to be as inclusive of as many different bodies, philosophies, and practices as possible. Our method for inclusivity is giving people a platform or discussion and exploration. We want to make YDY about the voice of the people instead of just ours. It’s less about forcing an opinion about a way of life, and more about forming one.

Do you see Kendyl as appropriating Islamic culture in any way? How would you address that criticism?

Since she is a woman of the Muslim faith, no. The practices, which include standards for dressing, are part of the religion. Kendyl had her personal struggles with these standards, as mentioned in her interview. I can see how the criticism would emerge, but I think once one converts to a new religion and takes on that lifestyle, they are adapting to the religion and not a new race.

How do you see fashion intersecting with religion and gender identity?

Fashion intersects differently with religion than with gender identity, and when those three come together, it really becomes all about personal belief systems. Something as fluid and intangible as gender identity when paired with religion makes almost no sense. Religion, while also intangible, is generally set in stone, written like law and abided by as such. If a religion dictates certain things about gender or clothing, it is up to the participant to decide whether or not certain aspects of that religion fit into their lives, and if they are willing to follow it fully or partially. People should be able to customize their faith just they can their personal style.

The Fashion We Loved from 2014: The Year’s Top 10 Moments

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10. Weather wise, this men’s sweater story shot by Rémi Lamandé still feels apropos.
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9. Consider new ways to wear an all-time favorite: denim. Photos by Jaesung Lee.
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8. Ben Rosenzweig captured social media heartthrob Jessey Stevens in the coolest leather looks.
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7. Cozy up with the warmest winter outerwear, shot by Adeline Mai at The Ludlow in NYC.
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6. 2014 was the year of athleisure, and Justin Bridges shot a few street-ready looks you can wear to the gym.justinbridgesdknyportrait1

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5. We love a pop of electric blue. Ben Rosenzweig captures the boldest fur accessories of the early fall.
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4. The Fifth Harmony girls have incredible, adorable style. See their exclusive photos for BlackBook, shot by Justin Bridges.
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3. Glitter in the daylight? Hell yeah. Rodolfo Martinez shoots the sequins to wear before the sun goes down.
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2. It’s the middle of winter, so we’re looking at Logan Jackson’s depictions of the brightest, hottest summer beauty to warm up.
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1. Jaesung Lee captured all the best spring 2015 beauty — our favorite look, right this way.
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Bright Hot Beauty for a Scorching Summer

Baby, it’s hot outside. Photographer Logan Jackson captures how best to work with the screaming sun and high humidity for a beauty look that cuts through the heat. Use your fingers and don’t worry about messing up… Vivid colors + a touch of insouciance = bright hot beauty.

(Click on the images to see looks fullscreen.)

Li wears a Jonathan Simkhai leather bra top in the bedroom; Millicent wears a Cynthia Rowley wetsuit at the beach; Millicent wears a white Donna Karan vest to the office; Li wears a Cynthia Rowley wetsuit on the courts; Li wears a Jonathan Simkhai top at the airport; Millicent wears a Cynthia Rowley wetsuit in the woods.

Photographer: Logan Jackson (God and Man)
Models: Millicent Lambert and Li Ming (Ford)
Makeup: Andie Markoe-Byrne (Bryan Bantry)
Hair: Helen Reavey 
Art Director: Vince Patti
Stylist: Alyssa Shapiro