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Activist Saffiyah Khan Who Stood Up To EDL Is Now A Model

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Activist Saffiyah Khan Who Stood Up To EDL Is Now A Model

Saffiyah Khan, the activist who made headlines for bravely standing up to the English Defence League, has now earned a contract for one of the world's biggest talent agencies.

Since she was pictured smiling in the face of a raging EDL member during a protest outside Birmingham Library on 8 April 2017, Khan has worked on the runway, made a film with the BBC, and worked with ska band The Specials.

The famous photograph was described by The Guardian as a symbol of how Birmingham was 'standing up to the far-right group' at the time.

It's fair to say that Khan's fortunes have fared slightly better than the rabble of racists she was opposing.

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Khan standing up to the EDL. Credit: PA
Khan standing up to the EDL. Credit: PA

In one of the original photographs from the EDL protest, Khan can be seen wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of the Coventry band, and within a matter of hours she had been offered a ticket to one of their shows.

That relationship went even further when she appeared on the album Encore with her track 'Ten Commandments', which was based on a song by musical legend Prince Buster.

Speaking to BBC News in 2019, she said: "I'm just rolling with it.

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Performing on stage with The Specials. Credit: Instagram
Performing on stage with The Specials. Credit: Instagram

"I left school with no qualifications, so I haven't had a choice."

Elite Modelling Agency came calling for her after the photo went viral, but she is signed on a talent contract rather than a professional modelling contract.

However, she has appeared in shoots for Dazed and Confused, and a host of other publications.

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Speaking to The Guardian, she added: "I had other agencies contact me but I knew this was best suited to me and what I wish to do.

"Diversity is massively improving within the fashion world - not just with models, but also editors, designers etc.

"There seems to be a real movement right now in terms of what fashion [wants to] represent, [with] more designers using [it as a] platform to promote a message of equality.

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"I see them [art and fashion] as two artistic processes which naturally overlap."

Despite her career taking an unusual turn, she has remained steadfast to her activism, telling the same outlet that she is a 'passionate activist, creative and photographer' who is concerned with 'saving public areas such as libraries, schools and health services'.

As for the EDL guys in the same photo - well, who cares?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, Music, Interesting, UK Entertainment, Politics

Tom Wood
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