Hajra Khan makes a case for gender-neutral fashion and looks good doing it

Updated 27 May, 2020 05:35pm

Images Staff

"The concept of gender-neutral clothing is important because it allows everyone to feel comfortable in their own bodies," said the footballer.

Did someone say queen?
Did someone say queen?

As a woman in Pakistan, it doesn't matter how successful, kind, ambitious or talented you are. Somehow, the conversation is always directed to what you are wearing, if not, how you are wearing it.

When footballer Hajra Khan took to social media to share her Eid outfit, a fierce navy-blue shalwar kameez, the moral police couldn't handle it.

It didn't matter that Khan had a Guinness World Record hat-trick, what mattered was why she wore what she was comfortable in, instead of adhering to conventional standards.

This time around, the clothes weren't "too revealing," they were supposedly too masculine.

Well, joke's on them; androgynous cuts are having their moment so not only does Khan look bomb, she's also on-trend!

For those who might be confused about what androgynous style might be, it's fashion that aims to avoid gender stereotypes. The best thing about it? Clean lines, simple cuts and bye bye skin-tight clothing.

Khan wasn't letting anyone dim her sunshine or indulge in cyber-bullying, and made sure to let the world know she was going to wear whatever she wanted to wear.

"CLOTHES HAVE NO GENDER," captain of the Pakistan's women's national team reinstated for those, who clearly did not understand this phenomenon. "Any clothing we're going to choose to wear will be inevitable gendered."

"We should not have to live in a world where people have to justify how they feel. Having the concept of gender-neutral clothing is important because it allows everyone to feel comfortable in their own bodies."

"Everyone deserves to feel free and beautiful without judgment. And like James Badwin said, took many years of vomiting up all the filth I had been taught about myself and halfway believed, before I could walk around this Earth like I had the right to be here."

"I have the right, you have the right, we ALL have the right," she continued.

"Mujhko kisi ke baap ki ijazat nahi chahiye koi bhi kapray pehene ke liay, "Khan declared. (I don't need anyone's permission to wear whatever I want)

"Athletic wear has always been gender-neutral. And I will keep choosing to wear clothes that make me feel comfortable in my own skin. We need to normalise gender neutral fashion."

In the end, the national star shared her two cents about what she felt about the trolling.

"When a fool utters all kinds of insults against you on social media without even knowing you, or without any worthwhile reason or provocation, usually they are merely sad and pathetic attention seeking trolls we should all feel sorry for. They don't deserve our anger, they deserve our pity."

You go, boss lady!