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    These Photos Show The Badassery Of Bengali-American Girls Raised In A Tradition Clash

    Rebellious, fierce, unquiet, and as Bengali as they are American.

    Meet Bengali-American writer and artist Farah Akhter Billah. She grew up in Sacramento and has written a book called Wrong Turns Lead Here.

    Farah A. Billah

    Billah has done a photo series called "Coriander Cats: Bengali Girls In The Wild".

    Farah A. Billah

    The series focuses on the clash of two very different traditions, life in the U.S., and the Bengali-American community's expectations of Bengali women.

    Farah A. Billah

    "Growing up Bengali-American, my friends and I were expected to be the best of both worlds; successful in America, but with the social restrictions of Bengali culture," Billah told BuzzFeed.

    Farah A. Billah

    "My friends and I aren't quiet flowers," she further said.

    Farah A. Billah

    "They're students in medical school, engineers, artists, food lovers. They eat too much, they're slobs, they're hard working. They're not pretty little things," she added.

    Farah A. Billah
    Farah A. Billah
    Farah A. Billah
    Farah A. Billah

    "As Desi-American women, we deal with a lot of unnecessary commentary on our lives," Billah complains, "And I threw that in here because, well, why not?"

    Farah A. Billah
    Farah A. Billah
    Farah A. Billah

    Billah says that the Bengali-American women she grew up with, defied stereotypes, broke rules, and still came out on top.

    Farah A. Billah

    "I’ll give you that they’re beautiful, strong, and independent. I’ll even give you that they’re intelligent and driven, but what I love about them the most is these girls are the silliest, most unexpectedly disgusting, most vulgar cats and that’s what I wanted to show you," Billah said about her friends.

    "If you’re looking for a blooming, delicate flower of a woman, you won’t find one here," she concluded.

    Farah A. Billah

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