Shahad Mahdi

Founder

Shahad Mahdi, 22, was tired of seeing Muslim women misrepresented and stereotyped in the media. She wanted to shatter those cliches so she created Black Orchid, a line of hoodies, sweatshirts and accessories that bear Mahdi’s signature illustration: An adorable Matryoshka shaped doll in hijab in various poses. Mahdi who was born in Jordan was inspired by her Middle Eastern background to sprinkle quirky icons that look just a little bit like her throughout collection. It’s all about breaking down stereotypes that pertain to Muslim women by presenting them in ways that combine pop culture and faith.