Artist Transforms Herself Into Pop-Cultural Characters

Zainab Jiwa from London, UK, is a talented artist who uses all sorts of media to create her remarkable art. From paper to tablet and the body, her mixed media style revolves around pop culture, fashion, and humor. However, her digital content posted online made her name recognizable on social media, both on Instagram and TikTok.

In her recent posts, Jiwa depicts herself as a famous movie, anime, and video games character, all while wearing a headscarf, proving that hijabi women can also be cool.

@zeewhatididthere

HeS gOing tO sAcRifIce hiMselF ##showuswhatyougot ##harrypotter ##fashiontiktok ##notmenothermioneyou ##cosplay ##hijabfashion ##hijabcosplay ##draco

♬ original sound – Kimberly Pizzo

The If I was a… series contains images of the artist depicted as Beth Harmon from Queen’s Gambit, a robber from Money Heist, Iron (wo)man, Thor, and many more.

On TikTok, she currently has more than 438,000 followers and over 7.7 million views. There, she posts videos of herself dressing up as a celebrity, but in a modest way. And people are loving it! For example, she dressed up as Jimmin, Namjoom, Jungkook from BTS, as a character from Harry Potter, and many more.

She’s only in her twenties and has already collaborated with big brand names like Samsung, Benefit Cosmetics, Shein, and more.

If you’re interested to see her content, check out the gallery below. We’ve picked our top five creations. Which one was your favorite?

@zeewhatididthere

Jhooooooooopppe ##WorkThisWay ##SimlishSessions ##bts ##btsbutter ##btsarmy ##jhope ##btsjhope ##modestfashion ##fashiontiktok ##outfitsinspiredby ##streetstyle

♬ Butter – 방탄소년단 (BTS)
@zeewhatididthere

Eid look✌🏽 art by me💜 ##modestfashion ##SageTellMe ##O2HereComesBrighter ##hijabfashion ##illustration ##muslimtiktok ##uk ##ukcomedy

♬ Jalebi Baby – Tesher
@zeewhatididthere

I drew a bit 🤙🏽 ##hijabfashion ##modestfashion ##fashiontik ##digitalart ##tutorial ##AreYouReadyToWear ##RayBanElevatorDance ##fyp ##hijabi ##art

♬ MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
@zeewhatididthere

Lady Hijab back at it☀️ ##FreshWearSpin ##cosplay ##hijabcosplay ##disney ##disneycosplay ##mua ##rapunzel ##makeuptutorial ##hijabi ##makeupartist ##uk ##fyp

♬ original sound – Zainab Jiwa