SZA is getting candid.
The ‘Good Days’ singer recently did a Q&A on TikTok, where she spoke about her experiences growing up as a Muslim girl and how her life changed after September 11, 2001.
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She described her secluded upbringing:
“The experience was very microcosmic, very insulated, very much like you don’t know that no one else is practicing the same thing if you’re Black and in the suburbs because you’re kind of in your bubble. I guess I didn’t realize that things were weird and awkward until I got a lot older.”
SZA then went on to explain why she stopped wearing her hijab and its relation to Islamophobia after the terrorist attacks on September 11:
“I regret so much—like, being afraid or caring what people said about me, or in high school feeling like if I didn’t cover all the time that I can’t start covering some of the time.”
“And I did start covering again in high school, and then they were like, ‘What is this? You don’t live your life properly. You’re not really Muslim. Shut up.’ I always let somebody dictate how I was.”
She then went on to express there are times when she still has a desire to wear her hijab and to dress more modestly.
“I remember the other day even talking to Punch, my manager, and being like, ‘Oh, I want to wear a hijab. I wonder if I could.'”
“We played Malaysia and Indonesia, and it was really comforting to be able to cover up for those shows. I didn’t feel like anybody would judge me or was going to say that I was being fake. It was just part of the custom, where I’m amongst my own people, and they just accepted me as whatever.”