Photographer Yumna Al-Arashi is Honouring Realistic Representations of Women

Featured Image: Lonely Lingerie by Yumna Al-Arashi

Starkly contrasting the typical appearance of lingerie models in the media today, photographer Yumna Al-Arashi collaborated with Lonely Lingerie to register the beauty in realism.


Lonely Lingerie consistently present a faithful depiction of women in their imagery due to the frustration that ‘modern portrayals of women have never been more unrealistic’. By harking back to a time when Art appreciated the natural appearance of a woman’s body, the brand has shown that women today can be celebrated in the same manner as glorified marble statues. In choosing a photographer to capture their passionate idea, the New York-based photographer with a background in politics who is known for tackling delicate topics of sexuality and religion proved a fine choice.


As a creative, Yumna Al-Arashi produces work that disturbs the stereotypical notions of women today. In her series “Northern Yemen” she presents hijab-draped women standing as all-powerful goddesses against backdrops of vast landscapes. The series was created to show the narrow-minded depiction of Muslim women in the media by presenting an alternative view.


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On the matter, Al-Arashi commented: “My whole life I’ve been surrounded by Muslim women who cover themselves, and they’re such badasses and have such incredible depth—as much as any of the uncovered women I’ve met. As a Muslim woman, you’re often boxed into a single identity. I wanted to shift that stereotype.”