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28 Nov 2016

Pakistan's First Trans Model Did An Absolutely Stunning Fashion Photoshoot

LGBT activist Kami Sid is breaking barriers and celebrating trans beauty one fierce pose at a time.

Meet Kami Sid, one of Pakistan's most vocal trans rights activists and the country's first trans model.

Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui

Kami has spoken at several events, been interviewed many times, and was featured in the BBC documentary How Gay Is Pakistan?

Karachi-based stylist Waqar J. Khan, photographer Haseeb M. Siddiqi, and makeup artist Nighat Misbah collaborated to do a powerful fashion photoshoot with Kami.

Mohammad Haseeb Siddiqui
Mohammad Haseeb Siddiqui

And it is dedicated to ending transphobia in Pakistan, and breaking tired stereotypes surrounding trans people.

Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui
Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui

This year, in particular, there has been a huge number of reported incidents of violence against Pakistan's trans community.

Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui
Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui
Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui

Most notably, in May, a 23-year-old trans woman, Alisha, was gunned down, humiliated at the hospital, and denied treatment, which led to her death. And in the last few months, videos of sexual assault of transgender Pakistanis have been making rounds on the internet. Many trans women have taken to the internet to report their rapes. Over 45 transgender Pakistanis have been killed since 2015 in the country's northern province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, alone.

And Kami is bent on pushing the limits Pakistani society has set for trans people, one piercing, stunning pose at a time.

Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui