A lot of Shadia Amen, her left eyebrow piercing a few and has 20 in her ears. She says her hair change color monthly, "wherever for whatever tickles my fancy geompureunsaeg pink to black."
And one of the "rock star symbol to the hand" to describe her body, including the Devil's horns of the tattoo cover 40% of the shape. Nevertheless, the 31-year-old Dearborn women-from the heart is proud to call myself a dork-Muslim.
Although she has drunk alcohol, and once was a single MOM, her Islamic faith is part of her still.
"I've read the Quran. Three times "to see the sacred texts of Islam, Amen. "I know a lot about the religion. I'm growing up, Sunday school was raised to all Muslim. Because to me, is not less of Islam does not allow T. Because after all, it is to judge us, I think it's wonderful that God and he is. "
Amen, and her two sisters extensively new TLC reality television show debuts tonight "all American Muslims." will be featured in the first two episodes of the 8-part series on Muslim Americans, often misunderstood, but over the past 10 years is in the spotlight for the community's life is the first time on television to describe the United States.
The American Shiite Islam in Lebanon this year and 5-series taken in the United States women's looks, Dearborn Arab Americans in the city with the highest concentration of families from the community that reflect the diversity of the greater part of the show: female characters frank and Arab Muslim head scarves and a woman to dance at a wedding in the Valley-dancers who wore short skirts, ranging from conservative to rent and tight tops when married to a businessman with a friend to hit the city.
Series of religious women called hijab oppresses and forces them to wear the Islamic head scarf to some faith in Islam at the time of an intense curiosity about the Americans coming. But many already know, Dearborn, and the TV series as their Islamic hijab wear life decide for themselves how to incorporate the world of independent women.
Ah life is apparent in the of the Amen sisters. They grew up in Dearborn in the 1980s, after the 1979 revolution in Iran, while religious revival among Shias Lebanon development. Was not wearing a hijab or the temple prior to attending the women became fascinated in Islam.
Leila Amen, Amen's mother found a little girl wearing a head scarf who wanted to emulate.
"Iran after the revolution, and the people were really more consciously aware of Islam," old sisters Suehaila Amen, 32, explained. They began to learn about the faith.
"My mother and all my aunts had at the time putting in the head scarf oppression and I tried to like them, their footsteps. ... Everyone else was doing it. We wanted it to do so. "
Islamic tradition not related to them and urged the men to cover up the existence of the girls. The practice is called hijab,. Also covers the head and neck scarf, specifically the term used to refer to.
Leila wears the hijab, then 6 Suehaila Amen thought too young. And when the next year, she also say no to Shadia 6.
"My mother told me not to" Shadia Amen. "But we have to share our faith would be so proud."
The two girls to wear it I'm sure their moms. However, she graduated from high school and then the head scarf off Shadia Amen. She did not wear it since.
At first, "I was uncomfortable with myself, scarves," she said. "It was very difficult."
Today, she loves dressing up in funk and Hillbilly style and she is known as the revolt of the family. She wears a head scarf is part of the reason for the abort her behavior did not want to tarnish the reputation of Islam, she was concerned for her.
"People don't want to give the impression it's synonymous with Islam have."
She noticed people on the show by her deeds must not judge her faith.
"I am here as a Muslim" Amen says. "But I am here represents Islam. Show no one is running for this year's Muslim. No one has tried to represent the religion as a whole. "
Suehaila Amen, on the other hand, never stop wearing hijab, and social and political issues in the community has become a spokesperson for the show. But she, too, lies the stereotypes. She enjoys dancing at a wedding, and still single, some Muslim religious leaders urged the youth to get married with a young community of the problem.
Samira Amen Amen-at the wedding of her youngest sister Fawaz, crying in front of her she was not married at the little embarrassing failure.
"Bilal (her brother) or committed suicide before the marriage for the rationale, let me tell you if it gets," she says a joke to her mother and they both laugh at the show.
The head scarf worn by Islamic guidelines, such as avoiding alcohol Amen desire to change that part of her life.
"I never had on the other side, or if you did not wear hijab as it holds those feelings of wonder."
Amen-hijab worn around the 18-year-old Fawaz, 28, stopped. But this year, in order to be closer to God, she again began donning.
Part of her motivation and the difficulties she was conceived, so her faith in turning hopes will help.
"I hope and pray to God my religion embracing shows ... He'll give me kids on the show, "she says.
For the first time when Amen-Fawaz hijab her family and her, she gets a hug and clap to indicate.
"So, I think the last Mohicans," was with a sigh, Shadia Amen. "I decided to wear a head scarf, or hijab, at a later time if you do. You know, it's competition. "