A friend of mine recently introduced me to a Paris street artist who goes by the name of Princess Hijab.
Princess Hijab’s style involves editing ads by painting hijabs and chadors on female and male figures…
…which she says is done as a cheeky attack on a pervasive, hypersexed consumerism through the use of symbols that are, particularly in France, being seen as anti-Western and anti-French. It’s the covering up of one ostensibly sexist image with a depiction of an article of clothing that’s seen by many Westerners as sexist and controlling.
She’s managed to offend quite a few Muslims and French nationalists so far, which to me is a sign that she’s pulling off some provocative and interesting street art.