Posted on 11 March 2017

Meet Suror...

"On February 7, 2013, on a cold winter’s day, on my way to the first group meeting for my master’s program, I fell ill at the train station, stricken by unilateral paralysis. I was taken by ambulance to Glostrup Urgent Care, where I was scanned and admitted. The statement of the doctor was, “We found a large thrombus in the brain that may need to be removed surgically.”

My world collapsed and I felt my heart stop. My feelings were out of control and everything fell apart! It had to be a bad joke or a nightmare! I was in the hospital for several days. After being discharged, I came home with, full of despair and with a heavy heart! After a period of fear and depression, my husband suggested that I start on the makeup education I’ve always wanted.

I started at Nicci Welsh Beauty Academy, and from there, I started my personal journey, where I learned to see beauty in everything, appreciate what I have, be grateful, and see joy and appreciation in everything life offers.

Hijab - Alysha - Helen Latifi

The beauty business has taught me to be myself, love my scarf, and accept other people for who they are. Still, it wasn’t the easiest thing to be one of the first few scarf girls in the business. I participated in Copenhagen Fashion Week 3 times, and I stuck out from the crowd, but at the same time, I really felt at home. Today, I travel all around the world taking courses. I opened my beauty salon in 2014, and through the challenges I have come to know new sides of myself, things that today I couldn’t be without.”

Suror Al-saraf,
Salon owner and makeup artist

Photo: Asim Iqbal
Designer: Helen Latifi
Proofreading: Hassan Chaachouh
Translator: Lisbeth Agerskov Christensen
Headwear: Alysha Grey Melange

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

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