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Areej Akhtar

Areej Akhtar is an alumnus of the Yale Young Writers’ Workshop, and is currently a third-year student at LUMS, Pakistan, where she is studying English Literature and History. Her research interests revolve around the portrayals of women in South Asian and African Literature, magical realism in Muslim fiction, the colonial legacies in the Pakistani education system, and the nexus of gender and technology in Pakistan. Her work has been published in The Blue Blood International, where she also worked as a staff editor, Digital 50.50, and Hamara Internet. Her first book, Cafe de Khan: From the Annals of Karachi, which weds food anthropology and journalistic research to profile one of Karachi's historical restaurants, is forthcoming in September 2022. She can be reached out at

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Mirror, Mirror on the Phone: How Social Media Beauty Filters Impact South Asian Women

Posted Thu 15 Sep 2022 - 11:24 | 1,769 views

Young women in South Asia struggle with the society's obsession of fair skin and eurocentric features all their lives, so beauty filters on social media apps have been providing them what many home remedies have failed to offer. But how are these tech solutions impacting their self-esteem? Areej Akhtar discusses.

Beauty filters drastically impact young South Asian women's self-esteem. Illustration by Nadège