I was born in Bengardene, a small border city in the south of Tunisia. I grew up in a conservative, close-knit community. Everyone knew each other, had similar interests, traditions, and they even shared ambitions. I grew to become fiercely independent and very curious about what lays beyond our bubble.

I started wearing a headscarf when I was 18 years old. It wasn’t a decision that I made lightly. I felt that I have to be certain before I made…