Lobna Hassanein

Women in Islam – Documentary / YouTube Series

The final project that has been chosen is an FMP that focuses on the religion Islam, the Middle Eastern culture vs. Western culture and opinions of six different Muslim women. The FMP is a documentary and a YouTube mini-series under the production I have created called ‘LostGeneration TV’ on YouTube along with Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts to spread the production amongst audiences in different locations. The whole aim of LostGeneration TV is to inform and educate the audience about different topics. The name ‘LostGeneration TV’ comes from a group of people who are lost and do not seek knowledge. The aim of this channel is to help educate this generation in an entertaining way rather than educating the audience in a dull way as technology seems to revolve around the world and a person’s interest.

The documentary starts with introducing the different women that have a voice, which are there to express their beliefs and opinions about Islam and how women are treated in their religion and culture. This topic is chosen, as it is relevant in the media who portray Islam in a negative way especially when it comes to women, they are represented through the Western media as slaves and Islam is a man-made religion. This documentary is an eleven-minute pilot from the first season of ‘Women in Islam’ that consists a total of six episodes to express opinions and representation.

Lisa Choudhury

Changing Notions of Beauty

I have undertaken the final Major Project, where I decided to create fashion spreads of a magazine. I decided to use i-D magazine as my inspiration as I really enjoy the content as well as the creativity of the brand. For example, every cover model of i-D poses with one eye closed, to mimic the ‘i-D’ logo, which I find to be very fun, creative and authentic. I find that the idea of beauty has drastically changed over the last few decades, especially a woman’s physique. We have gone from obsessing over supermodel-slim physiques to appreciating what we have, such as larger breasts or backside. However, some have taken this ‘new body’ so far that they are undertaking cosmetic procedures to enhance certain parts. This can be seen as a problem to society, as not every woman has the same body shape, therefore, the cycle of having the perfect body of what the Media deems as beautiful continues. In order to celebrate the new body of a woman, I have made use of models who are naturally curvy and healthy. Makeup application nowadays has also become a phenomenon, having the ‘perfect makeup’ look is just as important as owning a trendy bag or statement shoes. The immense following of YouTube allows users to act as producers of texts. This enables them to upload and share their talent with the world, make-up application being one of the popular choices, and so I have incorporated these current beauty trends within my magazine.