The woman’s movement in Egypt is not only seeing a re-emergence of feminine images in their own society, but it seeing them in connection with their “Western” counterparts.
As with the famous scene of “The Musicians of Amun,” (those brown women), ancient Kemetic (Egypt) women were well versed in this triple image of woman. As with other presentations of women’s culture, celebrating the existence of women was personified through the 3 auras.
In the 2015 mainstream fashion, music, and beauty world, the female trinity made another appearance. This time, through model, actress, and businesswoman, Amber Rose. Her recent Paper Mag spread created a marriage between the archaic and the modern . Transpiring and combining the distance between 2 worlds, the triple feminine image is revealed through three eras of iconic feminist figures in the latest spread of Paper Mag.
The Mother: Dressed as the legendary, Susan B. Anthony (considered one of the Mothers of the first wave of feminism), the “Mother” figure is not only a symbol of physical re-birth, but the continuation of any culture or nation. Based on that culture, it can also symbolize the continuation of women’s culture, and any movement that celebrates her. One of the 4 founders of the U.S. first wave feminist movement was a formerly enslaved Dutch-speaking woman, named Sojourner Truth. Though she is multi-racial, the recognition of Sojourner Truth in Amber Rose’s personification of U.S. first wave feminism, acknowledges the African feminine existence of her being. The first recorded feminist movement in East Africa (including Egypt), where women (under the leadership of a Tanzanian woman named, “Sukuma”) led 9 nations of East African women against the practice of having to be buried alive with their husbands. Such is connected to those mothers, who were active in the anti-sexual harassment movement here in Egypt.
Who can ever forget the coming out of many Mother-figures in Cairo during the summer 2015 tackle against sexual harassment in Egypt? Elder women and grandmothers also showed out to ensure that they were part of the awareness that sexual aggression against women in Cairo, must end.
The Maiden: Dressed as a member of the group called, Pussy Riot, we are taken back to that famous, Egyptian darling, Aliya Mahdy. She posted a naked picture of herself–rebelling against religious institutions that she deemed oppressive. Met with severe backlash, it was intriguing to witness the courage of such a woman, who dared proclaim that nudity is natural and holy.
On the contrary, her movement also led many (especially Muslim women who choose to wear the veil) to criticize her protest. This became, especially true for those who did not see themselves “in need of saving,” because they wore the veil. Yet, the beauty of Amber Rose’s depiction of a member from the band, Pussy Riot, is that she smooths over the barrier between veiled and uncovered women. Wearing a mask and leotard symbolizes the harmony in how versatile, female empowerment can be. That women’s liberation can come through she who covers, and she who doesn’t. The herstory of women in this land has shown that.
Needless to say, imagery of more and more Egyptian women who showcase that women’s empowerment comes in the form of veiled and unveiled forms was very evident in the mainstream media’s depiction of Egypt’s 2015 women’s rights movement.
The Spiritual Warrior: My, how the song, “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar,” became a major target for Rosie the Riveter. With muscles flexed, and chin up, it was all too evident for her particular essence of flair, as Rosie the Riveter. Not only has she captured the Spirit of Rosie the Riveter, but she has also captured the Spiritual Warrior, who defines 1/3 of the trinity of women. And let it be known that the warrior is not less feminine than the other petals in the flower. A protector of woman, and the gatekeeper of female sexuality. She epitomizes the phrase of “one’s sister’s keeper.”
Maintaining loyalty and honor to the sisterhood of women. And such also exemplifies the presence of Egypt’s all-women’s, anti-harassment task force this year. The female captain and her team of women angels symbolize the part of the trinity, who protect the garden, known as Egypt. Egypt’s first female naval captain, Marwa el-Slehdar also took on this honorary role on August 6, 2015.
For Egypt, the year 2015 was the year that embodied the femininity; while connecting with other movements around the world.
And so the different genres of iconic She-roes in the recent PaperMag spread, by Amber Rose—a testimony that the feminine three will always be. Generations will continue to carry the trinity, through whatever form and fashion of the day.
Strutting along, with her existence as an artistic three!