Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tahmena Bokhari

Tahmena Bokhari is a feminist Muslim beauty queen, sounds an oxymoron? She is Canadian, Pakistani, woman, college professor and social worker, all in one. Above all, she has dedicated her life to creating positive change.

She is particularly passionate in working to end violence against women, the fight against cancer, supporting the Pakistani, Muslim, South Asian and diverse communities locally and abroad, and she is a staunch advocate for inclusivity. Her ultimate goal is to 'mutually inspire' to live happier and healthier lives.

Do check out her websites for more information.

Tahmena has various personal interests and hobbies including fashion-designing, photography, poetry and other arts. She states, "I believe that everything I do supports my personal vision in life to continously strive to better oneself and create positive impacts on our environments."

Some of the quotes she has been inspired by are listed below.

"We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are." - Anaïs Nin

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."- Marcel Proust

"There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen....There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women."
-Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan, from Speech at Islamia College for women, March 25, 1940.

"You may belong to any religion or caste or creed --- that has nothing to do with the business of the state." Jinnah

"Man is born free, yet everwhere in chains" - Rousseau

"Let me say, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love."
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

"Many will call me an adventurer - and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitude."
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

"The best and noblest gifts of humanity cannot be the monopoly of a particular race or country."
- Rabindranath Tagore

"The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely”.
-Carl Gustav Jung

Quotes from Tahmena Bokhari
- "With all this wonderful diversity of what to wear on my head...the hijab, niqab, the burqa, along with other precriptions on women's headdress such the dupatta, the bindi, the bridal juumar, and even the brimmed hat and on and on....I have been thinking that personally, when I have a choice, I would much rather wear the crown."

Tahmena's motto: "Know yourself, love yourself."

"Live until you die."

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