Zara Sharif

Student, University of York
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About Zara Sharif

Hello! My name is Zara Sharif and I am a 2021 Laidlaw Scholar from the University of York, where I study Education!

My research topic looks at body hair and racialized bullying of teenage girls in UK secondary schools, and how this interacts with the relationship between misogyny and racism.

I chose this research topic because I think we are seeing a cultural shift (in some ways) towards a greater acceptance of body hair, but I've found this shift often leaves out women of colour, and ignores how race and gender can intersect to form teenage girls experiences and their relationships with their body, their sense of self and how they perceive themselves. I also want to see how greater society perceive body hair on women of colour in particular and how social media can influence/shape/change these opinions.

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Scholar

Area of Expertise

Diversity and Inclusion Social Sciences

Research Topic

Education Ethnic & Racial Studies Gender Studies Identity & Belonging Multiculturalism Society & Culture Sociology

Laidlaw Cohort Year



University of York

I am from:

United Kingdom United States of America

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My hobbies/interests are:

Cooking/Baking Crafts & DIY Music Reading Spirituality Theatre Volunteering

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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Popular Content


Channels contributed to:

Social Sciences Research

Rooms participated in:

University of York

Recent Comments

Oct 03, 2021

your poster is stunning!

Oct 03, 2021

This is such an important topic and I am so glad you are doing research into this! Its horrifying the way colonialism has seeped into every aspect of our lives and I cant wait to see your final report!

Oct 03, 2021

This is amazing!!

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Oct 03, 2021

This is such a fascinating research topic and such interesting results! Congratulations :)

Jul 21, 2021
Replying to Susanna Kempe

Zara, if you don't have enough responses to this survey let me know and we can promote it via the Laidlaw Schools Trust and some other MATs. Such an important topic - good luck with your research project. 

Hello Susanna! I would love if you could promote my survey via the Schools Trust etc, the more variety of responses the better! Thank you so much!