Photo by Aliya Gollom Photography

Photo by Aliya Gollom Photography



Alia Youssef is a Toronto-based artist and graduate of Ryerson University’s photography program (BFA with distinction). Her work focuses on visual storytelling through photography and video. Alia is the founder of The Sisters Project, a portrait series that aims to humanize and diversify the narrative of Muslim women. A network of supporters have rallied around her project and its mission. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, invited Alia Youssef to witness Malala Yousafzai’s honorary citizenship ceremony in 2017. Additionally, Youssef was flown to New York City as the photographer for the 2017 Muslim Girl and Getty Images collaboration, a project which intended to flood the web with positive images of Muslim women. Youssef’s work has also been published by The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, and many more online and print media. Most recently, Youssef showcased her work at the Parliament of Canada (Ottawa), Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), and Nuit Blanche (Toronto) and was a recipient to both the Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion award and Dr. Julius Lukasiewicz Award for "producing photographic work that reflects the unique ability of photography to capture images which normally escape the naked eye, and with the touch of a finger, record beauty as it exists everywhere.” Youssef just completed a project titled, Like a Sister, which will be exhibited at the Ryerson Artspace (Toronto) for International Women’s Month and is also working to grow the scope of The Sisters Project by taking a cross-Canada trip in the summer of 2018.

  The Sisters Project  folio in the Globe and Mail Dec 2nd, 2017

The Sisters Project folio in the Globe and Mail Dec 2nd, 2017


  • Brit + Co (Link Here)
  • Globe and Mail (Print/Online Portfolio) Link Here
  • Globe and Mail (Video) Link Here
  • Toronto Life (Link Here)
  • Photo Ed Magazine
  • Zone Stories (Link Here)
  • Interview on FemRadio
  • The Ethnic Aisle (Link Here)
  • Function Magazine
  • McClungs Magazine
  • Interview with Ryersonian TV (Link Here)
  • This is Worldtown (Link Here)
  • Refinery 29 (Link Here)
  • Interview on Radio Humber
  • CP24 (Link Here)
  • Interview with Al Arabiya News Channel (Link Here)
  • The Eyeopener (Link Here)
  • The Ryersonian (Link Here)
  • Buzzfeed (Link Here)
  • The Express Tribune (Link Here)
  • FCAD News (Link Here)
  • The Book by The Style Circle
  • Kaleidoscope Magazine
  • RAD Magazine
  • herHabitat (Link Here)