Artist statement: This is ‘Leila’, almost 150 years ago in Persia, with a monobrow, moustache, full figure, and tutu to please the sexual desire of men, whilst the contemporary 'Leila' is involved in losing weight and plastic surgeries.
I spent most of my teenage years with a fear of judgement and a lack of confidence in my body. I was verbally abused by men and was told that if I had a nose job, I’d be beautiful. But what is beauty? How does the male gaze shape the female body?
In Moustachioed women and rhinoplastic girls, I confront the impact of the male gaze on women's bodies and identities in a patriarchal world. I do this by juxtaposing historical and contemporary Iranian women.