“As a woman who is created by so many intersections; interests, ethnicities, talents etc, it was important to shoot in a place that embodied that” says Mariam as we shoot in the middle of Ryerson Universities campus. Mariam is a student, entrepreneur and part-time Starbucks barista (which doesn’t even begin to describe her extra-curricular activities). She’s a 21 year old born and raised in Toronto with an Egyptian father and a Irish mother. Her mother’s selflessness is her favourite quality in another human and at home is where she finds she is most authentically herself. Mariam loves reading, writing poetry and short stories, learning languages (she is a polyglot which means she knows 5 languages!), she also loves soccer with all her heart. “Determined and driven” are Mariam’s own favourite qualities. When I asked her how she thinks she’s perceived she responded, “To those who "know" me, I am perceived as strong, flexible and understanding. To bigots, probably oppressed and submissive (LOL).”
What makes you laugh so much it hurts?
"Babies make me laugh with their funny faces"
Where is your favourite place to find yourself?
"Interesting question, my home is where I find that I am authentically myself."
What is your favourite quality about yourself?
"I am very determined and driven."
What is one thing you know for sure?
"I know that everything will be okay as long as we love and stay human."