The hijab is the veil worn by some Muslim women, which covers the face, neck, arms, legs and hands.
It is traditionally worn by Muslims in predominantly Muslim countries.
In the United States, most women wear the hijab as a symbol of modesty, but some, including some American Muslim women who wear it as a sign of respect, are also seen wearing it as part of their personal style.
A few women in the US have started wearing the hijab to express their individuality, such as former President Sarah Palin, who wore the hijab during her first presidential campaign in 2008.
Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from New York.