Photographer Document the Diversity of Beauty Around the World

A year ago, we shared the incredible story of Mihaela Noroc—a photographer who quit her job, withdrew her savings, and embarked on a mission to capture portraits of women from every country in the world. The ambitious, ongoing project highlights beauty that exists everywhere, in densely-populated cities as well as remote villages. Aptly-titled The Atlas of Beauty, Noroc documents her travels …

English is weird and complex

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do nonspeakers saddled with learning it. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its spelling, which is indeed a nightmare. In countries where English isn’t spoken, there is no such thing as a spelling bee. For a normal language, spelling at least pretends a basic correspondence to the way …

Being a Muslim in regional Australia

Being a Muslim in regional Australia

Yumna Ahmed moved to Australia with her family in 2009. She grew up in Pakistan and started Islamic summer classes and simply “loved it”. “I was born into a Muslim family — I saw the adults doing it and I embraced it,” she said. “Women’s rights are highly valued in Islam; being a Muslim woman you have many rights. Having …