Editorial interview and photo shoot about women who are proud of their circumcision. (Which I put in the Dutch Harpers Bazaar in their style)
I got in touch with an organisation who fights forced circumcision and the women told me a lot of women are actually very proud of it. That made me think because 98% of the women in Somalia is circumcised, in how far is it actually a problem?
I interviewed a woman who's proud on their circumcision. It's in Dutch but one of the things she says is
" It's like having a baby, you don't feel the pain cause you're so happy!"
She told me the village where she comes from is not that old as we think. They have a pharmacy too and cut with sterile materials. It's their culture and it's a huge party when a woman gets circumcised. she actually feels more woman when she doesn't have a clitoris. I photographed a model for my article where she stands in an African tribal pose and made the article in style of Harpers bazaar. It was so real you couldn't see any difference except for he subject ofcourse. I just wanted to show that there ara tons of women who are very proud and feel more women than ever before. Just to wake up people to not shave everything on one side.
I putted the article in a lot of Harpers Bazaar magazine's in stores. secretly ofcourse but I never heard from it again. I think people actually believed it. You can read the article online too.