Reclaiming the lens and redefining beauty
South Asian photography was once dominated by colonialists during ethnographic studies. These photos would portray the "exotic" culture and faces of South Asia.
Through Simrah's portrait series, she aims to reclaim the lens and redefine what beauty means in our physiognomy. Simrah photographed the side profiles of 14 South Asian women in Los Angeles. These portraits emphasize the nose, a facial feature, which many South Asian women feel self-conscious about. When rhinoplasty and nose jobs are a trending topic, Simrah hopes to show how beautiful the South Asian face can be to help people feel more comfortable in their own skins.