“The first time I was asked about my faith, I was scared,” she says.
“I was thinking, ‘I don’t know what this is, this is so weird’.” But after getting the answer, she felt comfortable.
“I was actually more open to the idea that there is something more.
So it’s not just about what I wear, but it’s about the culture around it,” she adds.
“It’s about how you present yourself and how you relate to other people.”
For her, Islam and Western culture have similar goals, although she’s been less religious in the past.
“My first big step was actually learning more about the religion and just learning about the Quran,” she recalls.
“But also, I just didn’t understand it.”
It was really hard.
I was like, ‘Well, it’s actually not so complicated.’
“But as her faith and lifestyle improved, so did her relationship with the faith, which was starting to develop.”
It’s a big leap to become a Muslim, but for Shadi, it has been a life-changing experience.””
That’s something that I did, and that’s something I continue to do.”
It’s a big leap to become a Muslim, but for Shadi, it has been a life-changing experience.
“This was my first time going through a phase where I wasn’t really doing it,” says the aspiring actress, who is originally from Egypt.
“And I felt like I was really not accepting, I didn’t feel like I had the answers.”
After years of living in the West, she found Islam and the idea of being a Muslim in Australia, where she’d grown up, more accepting.
“So I had this feeling of acceptance and being like, I’m actually accepted by this country,” she tells MTV News.
“Because I feel like, there are so many people out there who are really struggling with religion, but they’re not really accepting.”
Shadi, now in her mid-20s, says the journey of becoming a Muslim has been the most difficult.
“When I was going through this, I wasn’t really embracing it and I didn’nt really think about it.
I felt a little lost.”
But after she’d gone through that, she realised she wasn’t alone.
“When you get the opportunity to grow up as a Muslim woman in Australia and you’re like, alright, I feel a little bit more comfortable,” she laughs.
“There are a lot of people who are doing it who aren’t even out in the open.”