In Egypt today, I see many women with a more conservative sense of dress and beauty, quite unlike the time of my grandmother.

As I look back at her pictures and I see a beautiful lady who carried herself with grace and elegance. Her beauty rituals included visits to the salon every Tuesday for her weekly hairstyling, pedicure and manicure and perusing fashion magazines from Paris. She wore bare back dresses in vibrant colors and prints, evening gowns to concerts and high heels designed and fitted by Pierre Clouvas.

The Golden Age of Egypt seems a world removed from today. Now, due to religious and social conservatism, beauty seems to be hidden. What are the changes in beauty that you see around you?

Originally published in the Imagining Ourselves exhibition.