This Muslim Bohri pole dancer is shattering conservative notions about women and pole dancing

Published: November 17, 2016

Pole dancing is rarely considered a beautiful form of self-expression. Aarifa Bhinderwala, a 29-year-old Indian Bohri Muslim, shares her story of what pushed her to take up pole dancing and everything that followed.

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A resident of Mumbai, Aarifa went to visit Australia and instinctively enrolled for pole dancing classes.

“I come from a Bohri Muslim family. My sister wears a hijaab. I obviously dress in a certain way. Not every person who is fully covered is conservative, not every person who is wearing skimpier clothes is broad minded,” Aarifa shares in her Youtube video by Blush.

“I was suffering from severe pre-menstrual depression and I went to see how it was. The class began and it felt like a different world. It’s very empowering because you can see what you’re actually able to do with your body. If I have a best friend today I think it is my body because it went through sh*t and it still supported me.”

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“[Pole dancing] teaches you to be patient, it teaches you to work a bit hard, it teaches you perseverance, it teaches you to fall in love with the journey,” she added.

Aarifa’s mother is supportive of her, saying, “If we are going to talk about women empowerment, first let’s liberate ourselves, our families and then talk about the world.”

Aarifa added: “Pole for me is a lot like flying; it’s that feeling of letting go.”

Her students include women of all sizes. For Aarifa, this means liberation and unlimited self-expression.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Ali
    Nov 17, 2016 - 6:14PM

    Wowww…never seen a bohri like this one…horrible.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 17, 2016 - 6:23PM

    Wow . brave girl. Recommend

    Nov 17, 2016 - 8:03PM

    She has chosen to opt for pole dancing……….and she will pay the consequences……May Allah guide us all to choose right options……….Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Nov 17, 2016 - 8:44PM

    A revolution in making and clearly she is a pioneer. I am sure she is going to give the fundus amongst us sleepless nights!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 18, 2016 - 12:19AM

    Brave girl ….. Recommend

  • Rashida
    Nov 18, 2016 - 3:31PM

    Its stupidity not bravery dearRecommend

  • Artistic 53
    Nov 23, 2016 - 7:44PM

    You cease to be a bohra once you follow against the norm of the community,bohra are those who are followers of syedna mufaddal saifuddin tus.and you were from the community until you were following the path of you can boast by any other name you like.Recommend

  • brar
    Nov 30, 2016 - 6:16AM

    @Artistic 53: who are you to judge it is between her and almighty Allah .Recommend

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