Alia Youssef began using her art to depict her own reality of what it means to be a Muslim woman when she was just a young teen. Now, the portrait photographer is the creator of The Sisters Project, a long-term series battling stereotypes of Muslim women . Traveling to twelve Canadian cities with 85 subjects, Youssef captures the varying lives of different Muslim women. Talking to Vice, she mentions that her inspiration started from a conversation on contemporary representation. Growing up in a post-9/11 world, she saw Muslim women in media only being viewed as silent or oppressed. The series counters this narrative, showing that Muslim women are multifaceted, inspirational, and diverse.
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Alia Youssef’s work highlights Muslim women and tackles issues of gender and Islamophobia. She aims to bring positive depictions of these to women to the forefront.
What are common stereotypes that you see the media still portraying Muslim women as today?
Look through The Sisters Project. Find which photographed woman you relate most to.