Melbourne Muslim scarf company Moga has re-released its Pride scarf to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras, which runs from February 16 to March 4.
Moga owner Azahn Munas moved to Australia from Sri Lanka when he was seven. The non-practising Muslim set up his headscarf and shawl company in 2016, with the mission of empowering women and uniting people through fashion and social responsibility.
Munas donates 20% of Moga’s profits to help young girls in vulnerable areas access secondary education, and he doesn’t shy away from getting political. In 2016 he sent scarves to Pauline Hanson to challenge her anti-Muslim immigration policies, and last year he delivered a Pride scarf to anti-LGBT politician Tony Abbott during Australia's same-sex marriage postal survey.
"I would love to make fashion that integrates style with social issues or causes that are important to me or my generation," Munas told SBS last year.
It was during the same-sex marriage postal survey that Moga unveiled a limited edition light-weight 100% silk Crepe De Chine Pride scarf in support of the LGBT community. The scarf sold out within 6 days and is now being re-released to celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, one of the world’s largest pride events.
Brand ambassador, bisexual actor and activist Kalida Edwards, models the scarves alongside drag performer Mable Syrup and Chris McCubbin.
“Our campaign aims to highlight the diversity of crowds who attend the Sydney Mardi Gras each year, which includes members of the LGBTQ community and their many supporters and allies,” said Munas.
“We also wanted to celebrate the diverse nature of our fans, who range from trendy Muslim ‘hijabsters’ to festival goers to drag queens, who all love our bold and colourful designs.”
“Like with our previous designs, our Pride scarf can be worn by anyone, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs or sexual orientation,” Munas said last year.
“To demonstrate this, we have even draped it as a hijab, a world first, to acknowledge that members of the LGBTIQ community exist in ALL religions, including Islam, which is sadly one of the most homophobic in the world.”
“At the end of the day, everyone should feel proud of who they are, regardless of their skin color, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation, and everyone deserves the right to love, and be loved in return.”
The limited edition Pride rainbow striped scarf is available now through Moga’s online ASOS store.