Surrounded by heavily embroidered and sequinned dresses and shalwar kameez in Saiqa, an upmarket boutique in Tooting, south London, Aisha critically eyed her reflection in a full-length mirror. The stunning three-layered dress she had tried on needed a little alteration – a pinch here and a shortening there – she and the designer Saiqa Majeed agreed.

Although absorbed in choosing an outfit for a special occasion, Aisha was quick to celebrate Sadiq Khan's anticipated victory in the London mayoral election. "The United States has had Obama, and this is our moment. It's amazing that London is about to get its first Muslim mayor," she said.

"This vote is a reflection of London's epic diversity. This is a city of tolerance, the best city in the world to be a Muslim. It's terrible that for the past eight years we've had a mayor who doesn't reflect the great, diverse, wonderful melting pot of London."

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