To spread the message of the amazing beauty of sikhs, London-based photographers Amit and Naroop teamed up with The Sikh Coalition and photographed 40 Sikhs from around the U.S.
They held a national contest and a panel selected people based on the strength, positivity and perseverance that they represented to their community.
"We decided that it was important to share positive stories that embody the true Sikh-American experience 15 years after 9/11. Sikhs are so much more than victims of profiling, backlash and hate crimes," the photographers told BuzzFeed.
"The project was conceived to promote and celebrate individuality and identity," they said.
They explained that they wanted people to walk into the exhibition and no matter what their race, gender, age or sexuality, they leave feeling proud of who they are.
The portraits will be hanging in a free exhibition in Manhattan from September 16-25.
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