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Astana, Kazakhstan • 04 November 2022

VIP Aisulu & Wholesome Sabina: Artist Challenges Kazakh Beauty Norms

A deeply personal story and fierce Quyrsaq 3D dolls

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Photo credit: Zarina Kyrgyzkhan; collage by QazMonitor
Photo credit: Zarina Kyrgyzkhan; collage by QazMonitor
Zarina Kyrgyzkhan
Zarina Kyrgyzkhan

‘I couldn’t talk about my culture’

I felt like an alien both in Kazakhstan and America. It was a total identity crisis. I didn't understand who I was ethnically, and whether it mattered.

Zarina Kyrgyzkhan
Zarina Kyrgyzkhan

‘Not conventional beauty, but that’s my vision’

Zarina Kyrgyzkhan
Zarina Kyrgyzkhan
Zarina Kyrgyzkhan
Zarina Kyrgyzkhan

This is a project from a woman for women.

Zarina Kyrgyzkhan
Zarina Kyrgyzkhan

‘Real patriotism comes when you understand your culture’

You feel genuine love; you tremble in awe before all the beautiful ornaments, historical personalities, stories. You imagine all this and think "wow, all of this was made by Kazakhs!" It encourages you to create something special yourself.

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