Abrar Shahin, the fashionable hijab-wearing Muslim teenager who in June was voted best dressed by her senior class at Clifton High School, has become a global sensation as media outlets around the world have picked up her story and young people from as far away as Indonesia have praised her.
Even actor Ashton Kutcher talked about Shahin on his Facebook page last week. "Worry about how you feel, not what other people say," he wrote, with a link to her story, first reported in The Record.
Shahin's story circulated on the Internet and was shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, taking hold, it seemed, because of the strong emotional response it provoked. Both MTV and Seventeen magazine devoted stories to her distinction.