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Muslim Girl's New Getty Images Collection Is Challenging Online Portrayals of Muslim Women

Online platform, Muslim Girl, teams up with Getty Images to produce a new collection of images that portray the vastness of female, Muslim identity.

Representation matters If you're still not convinced of this, type the words "Muslim woman" into Google. The limiting, one-dimensional depictions that will show up on your screen are what Muslim Girl—an online platform and social movement dedicated to disrupting trite, mainstream narratives about Muslim women— want to challenge with their partnership with Getty Images.


Their new stock images was created to portray the multiplicity of female, Muslim identity in a way that most online sources don't.

"These photos depict us in our natural form, featuring Muslim women from diverse backgrounds, wearing or not wearing the hijab, doing the things that we normally do. They are bright, cheerful, positive, and actually show Muslim women smiling! Gasp!" says Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of Muslim Girl.

The first batch of photos were shot by photographer, Jenna Masoud, who teamed up with a group of fellow Muslim women to produce images that reflect the way each woman sees herself.

"Through this partnership, we’re excited to make positive imagery of Muslim women available to the public and change the depiction of Muslim women online. This is the first collection of many, as we work to vastly expand the types of body shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, and ages that are represented. We’re going to flood the internet and show the world who we really are."

This collection is the first step in assuring that the next time someone types "Muslim woman" into their search bar, the results are far more reflective of actual Muslim women than they are now.

View the full collection here.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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