I startec wearing the hijab at the age of 10. It was partially my choice but I was also influenced by other girls in my area. They seemed so happy wearing whatever they wanted without being judged by others. But they also seemed strong because they faced the daily side comments like "A mini skirt will suit you better" without breaking down because they always looked on the birhgt side. I started wearing it because I didn't really feel "Complete" in some way. When I started wearing it, I felt like a whole new person =]
I don't because I don't want to. I am religious and would love to show my pride, but I have never been wearing it and I think it'd be hard to start now because I think it takes a lot of courage and you have to be used to it if that makes sense. I'm not used to it since I haven't weared it evern. But I know girls who do and it is completly their own choice. It is very rare that parents would force their kid to wear it. Atleast I have never heard of it and I'm a Muslim, from a middle eastern family etc so I should know. you're not less of a Muslim just because you don't wear it and it simply is a personal choice
I used to wear it when I was 14-16 out of respect for my fathers religion. It was my own personal choice. I started wearing it because I wanted to it in more with my father's family members so that they wouldn't look at my different for being a Buddhist on my mother's side.
When I got over that faze & realized I was a deist, I decided not to wear it. I do wear it sometimes when I'm with my father and his family. Or when I attend Islamic functions.