One year ago, 23-year-old Jordanian Nedaa Sharara was unaware that she would quickly become a singing sensation in the Arab world, let alone the first woman to win the latest season of “The Voice: Ahla Sawt,” MBC’s Arabic version of the Dutch television singing competition.
Soon after the final episode, Jordan’s Queen Rania Al Abdullah congratulated Sharara on her official Twitter account, saying: “A beautiful voice that deserves to win, congratulations Nedaa.” Queen Rania’s post was re-tweeted 1,269 times and liked by 3,184 users.
Jordanian Hania Akkah who thinks the headscarf is a blockade in today’s entertainment industry said: We live in a world where appearance in the music industry is extremely important, and the hijab is not the norm. There isn’t a single famous singer that wears it. Thus, by wearing a headscarf, I think Nedaa didn’t gain as much popularity as she could have because she doesn’t fit into the norm. If she wants to be successful outside of the show and in today’s entertainment business, the headscarf might be a barrier.”
On the contrary, a huge fan of Shrara, Hiba Zabaneh said: “Society should not be focused on whether Nedaa wears a hijab or not. We should be focusing on her voice and how powerful it is. Regardless of a person’s physical appearance, one can achieve success if he or she is talented, driven, and diligent.”SHOW MORE