Today, some women wear the hijab to signal pride in their ethnic identity. Muslim religious writings are not entirely clear on the question of veiling. Asserting identity However, there are other reasons for adopting the hijab. For many other women, the headscarf has become a means of resistance to standards of feminine beauty that demand more exposure. In fact, 13 percent of adult Muslims in the U. Nazma Khan, who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh at age 11, faced years of shaming over wearing a headscarf in New York.