A #Toronto -based #photographer is challenging "representations" of #Muslim women after she says she was treated as a "one dimensional person" because of her #faith and background.
Alia Youssef’s portrait series, "The Sisters Project," diversifies images of #Muslimwomen by sharing their stories and portraying them in a space that’s meaningful to them. "Muslim women are really painted with one brush stroke," Youssef said. "Women have been seen this way for so long that people start to hate this whole group of people because they only see one representation of the #religion ." This "one dimensional" needs to be challenged, Youssef says. "It’s the stereotypical image of the women in a #hijab , maybe even a #niqab , where only her eyes are showing," she added. "This is the idea I’m trying to counter with this project." This is the main stereotype the 21-year-old is combating with her photographs.
Her #photos cast #scientists , #businesswomen , #artists , #teachers , #designers , #athletes and environmentalists – showing Muslim women in a variety of "unconventional" roles.
Youssef is a fourth-year #photography student at #RyersonUniversity .
She began taking these portraits two months ago as part of her senior thesis. "It has been a really eye-opening experience to learn about how Muslim women are represented," she told CP24. "I learned so much, not only about my religion but also about representation as a whole and where these representations really come from." Although Youssef grew up in #Cairo , #Egypt until she was eight-years-old, she says she does not appear "visibly Muslim." "People make assumptions about what my views are because I don’t look visibly Muslim,” she stated. “They’re always surprised when I tell them I am Muslim." In one form or another, Youssef says all the #women she’s photographed have experienced this too.
One woman, Mehnaz Ahmed, an undergraduate science student at the #UniversityofToronto , says she has been treated as the "token" Muslim. "In most environments I find myself in (at #UofT , a lab, airplanes and other countries), I believe that I am perceived as a minority," CONTINUE READING 👇👇👇
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