- Slma Shelbayah: The hijab is intimate and personal, representing virtues such as respect, modesty, restraint and dignity
- Exploring outside of hijab by wearing it sometimes challenges my choices, decisions and beliefs, she says.
Slma Shelbayah is an assignment editor and producer for the CNN Wire. She is also an adjunct professor in the College of Business and Mass Communication at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Shelbayah frequently speaks on topics such as international communication, Islam, culture and leadership. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)At 15, I never thought I would put it on. And by 18, I never imagined taking it off.