Photographer: Karishma Pranjivan
Model: Harmeet Rehal

‘These photos are part of a larger ongoing photo series exploring South Asian representation, experiences, and the visual language of social identity and diaspora. These images specifically focus on body image and body hair with the aim to challenge traditional paradigms of femininity through expression of the physical form. I wanted to create bodies of work which are centred around narratives that expand on the South Asian experience.

Body hair is something which impacts all South Asians within any global community – along with the judgement and pain which comes from making the conscious choice not to remove it. The removal of body hair is an outdated social construct and this series aims to eradicate systemic shame and stigma associated with the expression of the body’s natural state, while creating a view which is positive and encouraging.’