Nurses and other healthcare workers are becoming more aware of their bodies in an attempt to shed their stigma, but they still tend to shy away from wearing clothing in public, said Jill Pappas, a nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

She’s been wearing a niqab for about three years.

“I think there’s been a shift to the ‘other side’ of things, that people aren’t afraid to wear something, but that there are still some barriers to people knowing their body and being comfortable in it,” Pappascano said.

“It’s not a huge leap to say that there’s definitely more stigma around people who are not comfortable with their bodies, but for me, it’s not that big of a deal.”

In the meantime, she’s been trying to help others who feel like they need to.

“Sometimes it’s just about me and me alone, so it’s hard to find the courage to wear the niqaa, but I think if I can do that for people who can’t, that would be great.” 

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