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The senior class pick for best-dressed female senior at Clifton High School sports a black skirt and skinny jeans, ankle-high boots and a cropped white blazer in her yearbook photo. Her makeup is just about perfect, capped with plum-toned lipstick.

But there is one other fashion accessory that makes Abrar Shahin stand out: a black, white and blue-green patterned scarf — a hijab — that wraps around her head and drapes around her neck.

"There are always cheerleaders who win and popular girls, so I was very surprised it was me, being a hijabi," Shahin said, using the word for a person who wears the Islamic head covering. "It was a dream come true."


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