Muslim model pens emotional letter about being shamed by her family

“One December night in 2015, [my father] called me to say that my mother was terribly upset because of what our relatives had said about me,” she writes. “That they had taken printouts of a bikini photoshoot I had for FBB Femina Miss India 2016, waved them in my parents’ face and said, ‘Look at what your daughter is doing!’”

Zaidi goes on to say that multiple relatives — who she calls “educated, well-respected people” — accused her of disgracing her family by “shamelessly exposing” her body. She says that her cousin, who she also considers her best friend, stopped speaking to her for four months after the bikini shots surfaced.