Alia Youssef is a photographer and videographer based in Toronto who is best known for her editorial and fine art portraiture.

Alia’s photography and video work investigates Muslim women’s representations with her internationally recognized series “The Sisters Project.” She also explores her unending search for critical understanding and emotional connection to the women of her bloodline, culture, and religion in all her creative work. As both a commissioned and fine art photographer, Alia tells impactful stories through her environmental portraits and documentary video work.

Alia’s fine art work has gained wide spread recognition. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, invited Alia to witness Malala Yousafzai’s honorary citizenship ceremony. Youssef was flown to New York City as the photographer on the 2017 Muslim Girl and Getty Images collaboration on a project which intended to flood the web with positive images of Muslim women. Alia’s work has also been featured by many online and print media including: The Globe and Mail, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Toronto Life, Photo Ed Magazine, CP24, and Al Arabiya News (a major news station that broadcasts over several countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.) 

Over the past ten years, Alia has built a portfolio of commissioned work by numerous companies and organizations including: Getty Images, Muslim Girl, Rumi Canada, Ryerson University, Spraggs & Co., Sunlife Financial, The West End Phoenix, and Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism. 

Most recently, Youssef was a recipient of Combatting Hate, Advancing Inclusion exhibition award and had her video work screened at the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), and the Human Rights Symposium (Ottawa). 



  • 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)