“I wear hijab, so I know for sure that if I want people to think differently about Muslim women, I will have to be a representative of that. I try to appear open, fun, easy to talk to and all the positive stuff. So when people talk they say, "Oh I have a Muslim friends who sings", for example." Dina is a 22 year old kinesiology and health science student at York University. Although her favourite place is at her beach house in Sinai, Egypt (where she originates from), anywhere that she can sing makes her happy. Dina can speak three languages, loves swimming and diving, plays and coaches tennis, loves dancing and likes meeting new people. Since Dina is visibly Muslim her answer comes as no surprise when I asked her how she feels perceived: “I think I am perceived as if I am in a shell. I know nothing. People get surprised when they see how well I play tennis, or that I speak three languages, or that I ride bikes, or that I sing, or that I do anything normal people do.” She wants to instead be “perceived as someone who can do anything, can speak about anything, and someone educated that knows what I am talking about.”
What's your favourite quality about yourself?
I am kind and like to help people, and very friendly and responsible.
What's most important to you?
My family is the mosttop important priority to me.
Why did you choose to be photographed in this location?
The event I sang in was the place. It it not the place as much as what I was doing that was intended to be captured.