Bahar and I met on a rare, Spring-like day towards the end of February in 2016. Our paths crossed as a result of arrangements I made with her friend, Melody, for a photo shoot. Bahar was accompanying her that day, presumably as a precaution for safety, but seemingly for comic relief as well.
Since then, Bahar and I have collaborated multiple times and she has always been a willing participant in my photographic endeavours. This project was no different. She was one of the first individuals I contacted when I began developing this idea, and she was enthusiastic about being involved.
My intention was to personally discuss the topic of physical insecurities with each individual, but this wasn't immediately possible with Bahar so we discussed via text message instead.
Through this exchange, she revealed – among other things, and like many – that she's not a fan of her natural hair. She finds it too thick and voluminous, making it more difficult to manage in its natural state than when straightened. Bahar attributes some of the blame to perms she's had over the years, which have changed the texture of her natural hair. In keeping with the overall theme of acceptance for this project, I challenged Bahar to wear her hair naturally for the photos.