Hijab is an Arabic word and basically means ‘a covering’, in addition to a sense of protecting and keeping safe, the ‘veil’ being the English/Western narrative. The main purpose of the veil is guard the aspects of something that one wants to keep from harm’s way. It is human nature to shield something treasured to one’s life, just like the valuable pearl sitting in a protected shell embedded in the middle of the ocean. The pearl, being safe-guarded inside the casing is but a stone that can be used for jewellery or other such means.
There is a famous saying in English that “Beauty lies in the Eye of the Beholder” (footnote – Plato) which means that beauty is defined by the one who sees it as beautiful. Thus, instead of being a universal concept, beauty remains a matter of individual perception.