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PORTRAIT SERIES: FEMININITY, EMPOWERMENT AND HEADWEAR

Posted on 09 March 2017

Meet Bwalya...

“My wonderful family encapsulates a colorful hodgepodge of 4 ethnicities and 4 religions. We embrace traditions from a potpourri of continents and a wide range of languages. Even so, our hearts and our daily lives are firmly anchored in our dear Vestegnen in the city of Copenhagen.

Yes, Denmark. My ever rejection-threatening homeland. Like a bulwark against a repeat of the horrific history of the 30’s and 40’s, I take to the barricades every month. The fear of persecution and extermination of my Muslim grandchildren is defeated with action. Protest. It is a manifestation in and of itself to wrap my head for freedom while chanting together:

“No! Racists!........ In our streets!
No! Racists!........ In our streets!
No! Racists!........ In our streets!”

Hijab - Turban - Helen Latifi

I am convinced that a woman’s right to wear her headwear should be represented on the frontlines. The importance of a Zambian with a turban or a Muslim woman wearing the hijab demands full rights of participation, not to mention co-ownership of the streets in our city, cannot be underestimated.

It doesn’t hurt, however, that the headwear is also incredibly power-feminine in that incredibly cool way. Therefore, its use is extended to other daily situations. Your head is kept warm and any time constraints involving a “bad hair day” are handled instantly. Pride, strength, belonging, cooperation, cohesiveness, conscience, melting pot societies, ancestry, views, symbols, healthy minds.

Defiance.

And love. Yes…. First of all… Love.”

Bwalya Sørensen,
Activist

Photo: Asim Iqbal
Designer: Helen Latifi
Proofreading: Morten Hededal
Translator: Lisbeth Agerskov Christensen
Headwear: Norah Graceful Rose Flower

The portrait series "Femininity, Empowerment, and Headwear” is a collaboration between Helen Latifi Headwear and United Colors of Denmark

www.helenlatifi.com and #UnitedColorsOfDenmark #UCOD

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