Much like the (in)famous Banksy of England, Princess Hijab is an anonymous Parisian street artist that has been “hijabizing” billboards with black spray paint and markers since 2006. She is about 21-22 years old and has been ruffling feathers of Muslims, seculars, feminists, and critics alike. This Parisian culture jammer is waging war on consumer culture and the over sexed ads that peddle everything from handbags to ice cream. There is something so visually powerful about her work that I just love.
She not only defaces the ad, but there are subtle and deliberate artistic strokes that take her work to another level. Take the ad with Megan Fox above. I love the understated outline that starts at the left shoulder and trails down to outline and embolden her hands. There’s also the more obvious playfulness with the drip on her lower lip that suggests Princess H is doing more than just forcing modesty onto these ads.
Princess Hijab is pretty hard to track down on the net. I think this is her website, but I’m not totally sure, it could be a click farm. The best thing I’ve found is this interview from over a year ago on Menassat, an Arab news site.