Australian media personality and academic Susan Carland has always been very open about her decision to convert to Islam, and chooses to speak about it to educate others about the religion.
The wife of television presenter Waleed Aly says there’s often misconceptions surrounding the faith, and she’s sometimes asked very ‘unusual’ questions about her decision to wear a head scarf or hijab.
“There are a few unusual questions,” Susan told Be at the 2018 TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday. “Do you shower with that on?” she laughed.
“Do you ever take it off? Someone once asked, ‘But how do you give birth?”
Susan, who describes herself as ‘Hijabulous’ on Instagram, has covered her head since she converted to Islam at the age of 19.
In an interview in 2016, she opened up about the reason she covers her head.
“In the end, the reason I wear the hijab or the headscarf as an active worship to God,” she told Mamamia at the time.
“As a Muslim we believe that everything we do can either be an active worship or just a mindless endeavour.
“It’s just about reminding myself who I am, what my values are, why I’m here.”
Susan recently conducted a workshop with Cancer Council Victoria, to help show cancer sufferers how to tie a head scarf with ease.
“I kept having women who’d lost their hair due to cancer treatment email me or stop me on the street and say, ‘How do you tie your scarf? Where did you buy it?’,” Susan told Be of how she got involved with the project.
“I think about the sixth time it happened I thought, maybe I should approach them [Cancer Council].
“Fortunately the Cancer Council said, ‘Yeh we’re happy to, why don’t you run a workshop?’.”
As Waleed said in his 2016 Gold Logies acceptance speech, Susan is a massive pillar of support to The Project host, and an incredibly accomplished women in her own right.
Just as many eyes were on her as her husband when the couple walked the Logies red carpet on Sunday night, with Susan looking stunning in a green Aleem Yusuf gown, designed especially for her.
“Honestly I’m an academic, what do I know about fashion?” she laughed on the red carpet.
‘But fortunately he [Yusuf] knows what he’s doing and he put this beautiful piece together.”
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