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This Muslim Woman Battled Depression By Taking Up Pole Dancing

Updated: November 17, 2016, 12:12 PM IST
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This Muslim Woman Battled Depression By Taking Up Pole Dancing
(Photo: Aarifa Bhinderwala/ Culture Machine)

A bold new video featuring Aarifa Bhinderwala's journey as a pole dancer and how she is using the dance form to overcome depression and body issues is breaking the internet.

In this latest video titled 'Blush Originals with Aarifa', Culture Machine has attempted to stray away from the notions related to the dance form by bringing to light Aarifa’s personal battle with premenstrual depression and how the dance form empowered her.

Although, what society thinks of her would never change what Aarifa wants to do in life, but with this video, she surely is breaking stereotypes.

The video beautifully encapsulates a woman’s relationship with her body and what a powerful tool it can be to express oneself.

(Photo: Aarifa Bhinderwala/Culture Machine) (Photo: Aarifa Bhinderwala/Culture Machine)

Aarifa moves with absolute grace and oozes sensuality as she recounts her serendipitous encounter with the dance form and her voyage with it.

Coming from what is viewed as a traditional sub-culture, Aarifa belongs to a Bohri Muslim family in Mumbai, who also teaches pole dancing professionally now and is seen dancing with some of her students in the video. Aarifa encourages women to shed insecurities they have about their bodies, embrace their sexuality by doing away with the taboo associated with stripping, especially when for oneself. Pole dancing also helps to increase the body’s core strength.

This video underlines the importance of feeling comfortable in one's own skin.

Watch the video here:

First Published: November 17, 2016, 11:19 AM IST
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