Rashida Tlaib Inspires Thousands of Palestinians to Pose in Traditional Dress
The Democratic representative for Michigan’s 13th district, Rashida Tlaib created a social media storm by wearing a traditional Palestinian robe for her congressional swearing-in ceremony, which took place Thursday.
Tlaib—the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress—donned her embroidered red-and-black thobe, a traditional Palestinian dress, for the ceremony, laying her left hand on a Koran to take her oath of office. Photos of the ceremony prompted many Palestinian-American women to show off their own traditional garments in solidarity with the Michigan congresswoman.
Tlaib gave a preview of the thobe in a photograph posted to Instagram in December. She wrote on the Elle magazine website that people from across the country got in touch to voice their support for her expression of cultural pride.
Fellow Palestinian-American Susan Muaddi Darraj decided to create a campaign supporting Tlaib, using the hashtag #TweetYourThobe and calling on other Palestinian-Americans to upload images of themselves in their traditional garments too.
The thobe-advocates set up a private Facebook group that gathered 8,000 members in just two weeks. On Thursday, they took to Twitter to show their support for Tlaib.