When I first heard Modest Islamic Fashion had hit New York Fashion Week’s runway in September last year featuring a full collection with hijab, I was so eager to write about the story that made history in the world of Modest Fashion. Whatever the events that prevented me to write about the significance on how amazing the story was, I now understand and am thankful I didn’t write about it straight away.
Yes, history was made. Yes, the designs were beautiful. And yes, for once Mashallah, models were not only wearing full length, covered, modest designs, but they also featured headscarves to accompany the D’Jakarta collection. Hailing from Jarkarta, Indonesia, Anneisa Hasibuan is a woman who related to my heart as her heritage was close to mine being from a similar part of the world.
Last December she made her debut at Doha Fashion Week and earlier this year has showcased her newest collection at NYFW in February. She also has received an award from Cannes Red Carpet Fashion & Film Festival. What an outstanding representation in a positive manner for the Muslim woman of today. Right? … Wrong.
Not saying it is wrong in the light of the fashion industry but wrong in the very morals and ethics that shape a Muslim woman. Forbes Indonesia has removed Anniesa Hasibuan from their 2017 Inspiring Women’s list after a fraud investigation carried out by the police on ‘First Travel,’ who has her down as a named suspect in the case, being the co-founder of the company. She is the owner and director of the travel agency and has been named a fraud suspect together with her husband Andika Surachman, president director of the company and both were arrested.
“Forbes Indonesia endorses ethical business practices and wishes to inspire others to achieve their success through ethical means of doing business,” Forbes Indonesia said.
A panel of judges at the Jakarta Commercial Court on the 22nd of August ordered First Travel agency to pay it’s reported 58,682 customer’s back after scamming them for umrah, resulting in losses close to $63.59 million. Umrah, the minor pilgrimage was used as a vehicle to conduct such a scam. It is a fraud case so horrible in my eyes and on the other spectrum, she has made history for modest fashion in the industry possibly utilising these funds. Is it aired in mainstream media that this major well known fashion designer was also a fraud who used funds from people of the same faith? The very same faith she was trying to reflect in a positive light through fashion?
We are talking millions here, not just several thousand. Those poor people who this has affected would have been looking forward to visiting the holy land including the resting place of their beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW and here we are clapping our hands and praising this designer for making it to NYFW?!
For the record, she did do an amazing job in making history and pushing the buck but hypocritical at the expense of the very morals and ethics that shapes a Muslimah. Although it is hard to see positivity or valid reasoning in such situations where facts are present, there is always more than one side to the story and I pray that she rectifies this issue and learns from it.