Unakazili joj lice kiselinom, ona je danas u „Atlasu  ljepote“

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Rumunska fotografkinja, Mihaela Norok, kroz svoj projekat “Atlas ljepote” zadivljujućim fotografijama koje pravi širom svijeta, pokazuje da ženska ljepota ne poznaje granice. Projekt je započet prije više od tri godine sa ciljem da pokaže ljudima da se ljepota nalazi svuda i da je njena čar upravo u ljudskim različitostima, a ne u novcu, trendovima ili boji kože.

Dokazuje to i slika Iranke kojoj su dva muškarca prije šest godina unakazili lice kiselinom, ali njenu ljepotu nisu uspjeli uništiti. Njenu fotografiju Mihaela Norok objavila je na Instagram stranici “Atlasa ljepote”.

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She is Marzieh, one of the strongest women I have ever met. I took this photo a while ago, in Iran and today, after having her consent, I decided to post it. Marzieh was driving in Isfahan, Iran, six years ago, when two men on a motorcycle came close to her car. One of them threw acid on her face and then they ran away. Police never caught them, although the street was surveyed by video cameras. There were a few other similar cases in Isfahan, in the same year, and the perpetrators have never been caught. All these horrible acts were directed towards women who were not wearing conservative outfits. Many Iranians believe that these attacks were made in complicity with different authorities to discourage women from adopting a more liberal way of dressing. But both national and local authorities denied any involvement. Today Marzieh is trying to raise awareness about these terrible attacks and advocates for the ban of acid sales. Although she started to cry when she remembered that horrible day, she wanted to tell me the whole story. Then she smiled again. It was the smile of a powerful woman, who found the strength and courage to overcome the suffering and to fight for her cause every single day, so this would not happen again to other women. Dear Marzieh, incredible women like you are the reason I’m doing this project. Thank you so much for showing me the purest form of beauty.

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-Ona je Marzieh, jedna od najjačih žena koje sam ikad upoznala. Ovu sam fotografiju snimila u Iranu, i nakon što sam dobila njen pristanak, odlučila sam je objaviti. Marzieh se vozila u Isfahanu prije šest godina, kada su se dva muškarca na motoru približila njenom automobilu. Jedan od njih bacio joj je kiselinu u lice i tada su pobjegli. Policija ih nikada nije uhvatila, iako su ulicu nadzirali video kamerama. Iste je godine bilo još nekoliko sličnih slučajeva u Isfahanu, a počinitelji nikada nisu uhvaćeni. Svi ti užasni postupci bili su usmjereni prema ženama koje nisu nosile konzervativnu odjeću.

Mnogi Iranci vjeruju da su ovi napadi počinjeni u saradnji s nekim od predstavnika vlasti kako bi se žene obeshrabrile da prihvate liberalniji način odijevanja. No, i nacionalne i lokalne vlasti negirale su bilo kakvu uključenost. Danas Marzieh pokušava podići svijest o tim strašnim napadima i zagovara zabranu prodaje kiseline. Iako je počela plakati kad se sjetila tog užasnog dana, htjela mi je ispričati cijelu priču. Zatim se opet nasmiješila. Bio je to osmijeh moćne žene koja je smogla snage i hrabrosti da prevlada patnju i bori se za svoj cilj svaki dan, kako se to ne bi ponovilo drugim ženama.

Draga Marzieh, nevjerojatne žene poput tebe razlog su zašto radim ovaj projekt. Puno vam hvala što ste mi pokazali najčišći oblik ljepote – napisala je autorica fotografije.

Inače, iako je 2014. godine preživjela strašni napad Marzieh se oporavila i tri godine kasnije udala se, a njeno vjenčanje tada je izazvalo brojne pozitivne reakcije na iranskim društvenim mrežama i njen se brak pretvorio u najpoznatiji u zemlji.

Nažalost, u napadu kiselinom izgubila je dio lica i rožnicu oka.

 

U nastavku donosimo još neke od fascinirajućih fotografija žena sa stranice „Atlasa ljepote“.

 

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She is Natalia. She has exactly the same name as my daughter. Even their age is close. I met her in Peru, a few months ago, in the Andes Mountains, where she lives with her family in an isolated village, far away from the modern world. Here she will learn to weave, she will learn the medicinal herbs and she will learn to coexist with nature. Meantime my daughter Natalia will live in a global world, mostly in modern places, learning foreign languages and developing her passions. Since I started The Atlas of Beauty I always had a dilemma. How should we support people from remote traditional communities? Their life is really hard, compared to ours. But is it okay for us to change it and bring our lifestyle to their communities, assuming that this will help them? Will their new life, besides being more comfortable, be truly better? If not, how can we support them without spoiling their culture? Are we, those in modern places, more aware of what they need? Definitely not. So who are we to decide for them? They never try to decide for us. If we try to teach them our modern values, aren’t we condescending? But if we ignore their struggles, aren’t we ignorant and selfish? It’s a complicated issue and we should maybe find a middle way, but that’s not easy. Who knows, maybe someday my Natalia and this sweet Natalia will have the chance to meet and sort this out. Maybe their generation will find a fair answer to my dilemma.

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For a musician, the competition is incredible in Cuba. Probably nowhere in the world you’ll find such a density of extraordinary musicians. So to make it to the top, besides talent, you need years and years of practice. I met Yansa last October, on the colonial streets of old Havana, where she was playing with her band, at a terrace. Here the best music is on the streets, at terraces, in bars, not so much in concert halls. Yansa plays the flute since she was 8. While most of the other children were outside, playing, she was inside, practicing hard, defying the heat and the tiredness. But she told me that all the sacrifices worth it. Today she can make a decent living from doing what she loves most. More than that, she also supports her parents, financially. She knows how many efforts they did for her and now she’s happy to help them too. Economically speaking, there are many shortages in Cuba. Humanly speaking, there’s definitely no shortage of beautiful people. #Cuba #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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It was a day of September, last year, when I visited Barton Spring, in Austin, USA. This is a place where people come to relax and swim. Looking around, at all those perfect bodies and the splendid landscape, you could feel like on the set of a photo shoot for a glamorous magazine. But for me beauty is much more than that. When I noticed Veronize and her serene expression I instantly knew that I want to photograph her. Veronize was mega surprised of my proposal. But she was equally thrilled. By chance that was the first time in her life when she was wearing a two pieces swimsuit. Sometimes things happens for a reason and maybe that’s why I was there, in that day of September. Veronize just started to work on accepting her body and that was one of the first steps. But on the way there were many years of struggles. Her parents emigrated to the States from the Dominican Republic, dreaming that their daughter will have a better life. They created a unique name for her, combining their owns, Veronica and Ezekiel. Veronize was bullied since she remembers. She was only 12 years old when somebody spread a rumour in her school that she was pregnant. And that was just one of the dozens of episodes when she was humiliated because of her body. But with all the suffering, she remained a kindhearted person. Love was her answer to all the hate. Today she works in a holistic shop and she seems the kind of nurturing person who takes care of her beloved ones whenever are in need. Dear Veronize, not only that you have a special and beautiful name, but you are also a special and beautiful woman. #Austin #TheAtlasOfBeauty #AroundTheWorld

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