Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! Named by the United Nations as Young Woman of the Year and listed by the BBC top 100 influential women Worldwide, this Egyptian, hairy, bearded, pierced and tattooed Queer Refugee dancer shows off with her authentic performance (well…with a twist!)
Born in Egypt, Shrouk El-Attar is an electronics design engineer. She has been living in the United Kingdom as a refugee since 2007 where she is an activist for refugee rights, and for LGBT rights in her native Egypt.
She performs as a belly dancer in an act called "Dancing Queer", to raise funds for legal defence fees for LGBT people in Egypt, and to help with relocation for those persecuted and at risk because of their gender or sexuality.
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"Although I don't believe that anyone, needs to provide a reason to dance, I dance because where I come from being a belly dancer is considered to be shameful. I dance to break a stereotype of what a belly dancer "should look like". I dance because I want to show the world that you can absolutely be a belly dancer and a kick-ass engineer at the same time! I dance because it connects me to my roots and culture. I dance because it makes me happy. But perhaps most importantly, I dance as a form of protest against the treatment of my LGBT+ siblings persecuted around the world just for being who they are. " - Shrouk El Attar
Photo Credits – Sam Cavander @SamSnapsALot
Shrouk conducted a workshop about drag clothing at Pearl Academy with breaking stereotypes all over the world.