SFK https://sarahfranceskuhn.com accessories Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:29:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 123487649 UPCYCLING! https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/05/17/upcycling/ Wed, 17 May 2017 16:43:20 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17977

The weather is warming up and we are all shedding some layers of clothes, as well as stored negative karma. Speaking of karma, in this post we are going to talk about ways to reinvent your currently owned items, rather than going out and spending your hard-earned-cash on brand new materials by UPCYCLING!!!

:::There are probably an infinite number of ways to do so…here are some of the Green Graffiti ways:::


Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.18.42 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.15.11 PM


Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 9.50.46 AM

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.03.06 PM


Also, you can reinvent a hula hoop, by wrapping it in many strips of old fabric.

Or take a plain cream sweater and turn it into a rainbow explosion.

You can use dyes available at an arts & crafts store or you can try all natural dyes like


tumeric powder, that makes a gorgeous yellow tone and is totally non-toxic.

Re-make your shoes with a little leather paint or spray paint can work too.

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.27.45 PM

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.28.02 PM

It could be something simple like Y Project’s pocket-cut-out jeans:

Y project

Or tie your favorite gold top as a hair bow a la The Corner Store.

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 11.52.23 AM

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 12.03.17 PM

Or get out your paint & sharpies a la @yokosnoopy

Sick of the color of your guitar?

don’t sell your precious six-string…CHANGE IT!

Screen Shot 2017-04-22 at 3.30.47 PM

It’s not plain wood anymore…

Or you can paint your purse!

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 11.41.23 AM

If you have your own ideas, let us know HERE!


Ooh Baby I like it Raw https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/03/25/ooh-baby-i-like-it-raw/ Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:37:41 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17961 Today I got a lucky entrance into the 11th annual

Pittsburgh Farm to Table Growing Roots for Healthy Communities conference:

celebrating the diversity of farming & traditonal cooking methods…encouraging people to steer business & resources to farms, small food businesses & non-profit organizations working on food security & wellness.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.55.27 PM

Basquiat ‘Dark Milk’ ’86

After a few moments of checkin’ out the various booths, I stumbled upon a group of Amish Country farmers  who offered me a jar of raw milk to take home and try for myself.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 6.07.05 PM

Their company The Family Cow, of Chambersburg, PA, focuses primarily of 100% organic, raw milk & other immunity boosting, cell nourishing, gut- healing foods.  Each cow is “grass-fed, non-GMO ( I recently watched this Vice program about GMOs), soy -free, real & unprocessed just like G-d made them. Yes, food this pure & healing should be everyone’s right. Yet for many, it’s only a dream. But no worries! We will make your dreams come true!”

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 6.06.55 PM

cat approved

OK, so this sounded totally awesome to me. I have often daydreamed of what it would be like, if even in a city setting, somehow, folks could go down to their corner store and milk their own local cow.

The farmers of The Family Cow, who follow environmentally sustainable farming practices don’t use synthetic pesticides, herbacides or chemical fertilizers. The cows don’t get synthetic hormones or antibiotics. They graze the grases freely and are happy animals.

So, if you drink the milk of a happy cow that happy energy will most likely translate to the one who consumes it…unlike the milk of a cow treated cruelly and pumped full of chemicals.

Raw Milk means that it has not been processed. It goes beyond being organic, to being something a whole food that includes natural enzymes & immunity building probiotic bacterias.

I must say, it does taste better, creamier and sweeter than most store-bought milk and it contains more minerals, protein & vitamins.

Traditional cultures have eaten raw & cultured milk ( including cow, sheep, goat, camel, yak, buffalo & reindeer) for centuries. In ancient Egypt, milk and other dairy products were reserved for royalty, priests and the very wealthy. The Egyptians held the cow sacred and dedicated her to Isis: the goddess of agriculture; but more than that, the cow was a goddess in her own right, named Hathor: who guarded the fertility of the land.


Hathor as a cow

In Neolithic Britian by farmers may have been among the first to begin milking cattle for human consumption.


Hathor as a gal
Ancient Sumerians drank cow’s milk and also made cow’s milk into cheeses and butters. In India, the Vedas (the religious epics of the Hindu religion) made the cow a sacred animal.  In the bible, a ‘land which floweth with milk and honey’ is mentioned some twenty-plus times.

shimmy shimmy

]]> 17961 Spring Cleaning series part 1! https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/03/22/spring-cleaning-series-part-1/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:01:41 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17936 Welcome to part one of the Spring Cleaning  series here on the Green Graffiti blog.

It is time to dust your bookshelves, vacuum out the corners, ask the rats to leave your basement, and remove the fingerprints from your mirrors.

Also, it is a great time to cleanse your mind and heart of any moldy thoughts, grudges, crusted over anger or regret.

In part one, we discuss how to make you very own home-made cleaning product that will both save you money & save the planet. It is toxin-free, totally green and great for homes with pets & kids.


My Brooklyn-based designer & stylist  friend, Angela ( our collaborative collection is available here), gave me this recipe for her “Magic Citrus Green Cleaner” and I have used it ever since. The vinegar/citrus juice cleans glass, mirrors, sinks, tile and more. It is also great for removing musty odors.


All you need is:

A spray bottle

Some citrus rinds

( it can be lemon, lime, grapefruit,

or any citrus or a mix of them all)

Apple Cider vinegar


Just add about an inch or two of vinegar

a handful of citrus rinds

and water

shake it up and voila! It is ready.

It gets better and better as the rinds marinate in the solution.

And as you eat more citrus, just save the rinds and keep adding or make more!


]]> 17936 You Reap what you sow https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/03/20/you-reap-what-you-sow/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:53:57 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17904 Winter is officially over. The Spring Equinox occured today.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 2.52.18 PM

Some signs of winter may be clingin’ on in some places for dear life…

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 3.15.11 PM

Spring’s got other plans…mourning will soon end, Persephone is coming back.


There is no time like the now time to start sowing some seeds to get ready for the comin’ big thaw.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 2.52.28 PM

Your seedlings & plants love to be sung to…so play them a tune! 

Whether you have 100 acres, a small back garden, a front porch or a kitchen window, you can grow a garden of your very own.


You can also save seeds, trade seeds and spread seeds.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 2.52.38 PM

In this photo you can see a collection of sugar baby pumpkin, dill and squash seeds+ some purple tomatillo & watermelon radish seeds purchased at the local co-op.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 3.28.23 PM

After a couple weeks in the window and watered according to biodynamics, they are starting to sprout.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 2.51.35 PM

Inspired by a previous roomate, Jami, decided to get a headstart on the growing season with an indoor-grow light setup.

She attended the Grow Pittsburgh Seed Swap back in February at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Her seedlings include: Giant Marigolds from Nepal, Various Eggplants, a trillion kinds of tomatos, zinnias, calendula, peppers, broccoli & cabbage.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 2.52.05 PM

If you need some more advice, check out your local library.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 3.28.32 PM

A good one is: Garden Wisdom & Know How & Modern Pioneering 

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 3.28.42 PM

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 2.51.48 PM

You can also grow some NEW INTENTIONS this time of year…

Jami repurposed some curtain tassles into a cactus holder.

She also found some vintage Christian Dior glasses to add her own prescription lenses to.


Artist & Musician Gina Favano gave me a tour & schooled me about grease-mobiles https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/03/15/artist-musician-gina-favano-gave-me-a-tour-schooled-me-about-grease-mobiles/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:10:08 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17871 Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 7.07.51 PM

simple, yet often forgotten reminders, in the windows as I walked up

Gina Favano is like the cool sister I always dreamed of having ( I grew up with many, many bros). She is a visual artist, badass musician in band called, Come Holy Spirit, and generally one of the most chill people in Pittsburgh.

She offered to take me around the brand new Blumcraft Building and  show me her art studio, which is located there. Her husband, woodworker Gerty Dutchovenmade me a piping hot cup of tumeric tea to take along for the second portion of my tour…thank you Gerty!


Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 6.33.58 PM

The main floor is teaming with folks doin’ and makin’ up a storm including Just Seeds, Little Idea (the outpost of Big Idea Bookstore),  Glitter Box ( the building’s own theater that features music, yoga and theater such as the 10 minute Play Fest), Accessible Recording, Stone Fruit Community Herbalists, 1 Hood Media, WERK & many more…

Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 6.33.47 PM

Downstairs there is a whole ‘nother level of stuff goin’ on…from a massive woodshop, to a metal-making zone, guitar-instrument repair shop, robot-machine-making area, a paint library & screen printing shop, a bike repair shop…and finally Gina’s little oasis of an art studio…which is tucked away amidst all of that!

Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 6.34.24 PM

Gina & her artwork: She is currently working on a commission for a pet hospital, preparing for a solo show in Braddock, PA this fall, & beginning a series of Rock n Roll icons ( Roky Erikson is pictured here).

Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 6.34.08 PM

Gina’s band, Come Holy Spirit, playing in The Glitter Box and an embroidered sign on her studio door, “that a nun made”. They will be touring this coming fall on the west coast, releasing another album and continuing to rock our worlds!

Listen HERE

Also, I had a few questions for Gina…

She casually mentions in her about page; “she converted a school bus to run on used vegetable oil and incorporated teaching coast-to-coast biofuel workshops into her modus vivendi as a touring musician”. I wanted to know more:

Yeah, I used to give workshops on biofuel – actually, my area of expertise was converting diesel engines to run on straight used veggie grease, but I have taught a few workshops on building bio-diesel processors out of old water heaters.  My first year in PGH, I taught a series of women-only mechanics classes where we covered basic car maintenance, and an intro to veggie-grease mechanics; that was cool.   There were a handful of years (pre-moving to PGH) there where I toured pretty incessantly, and teaching myself about alternative fuels became an important component for me psychologically – to feel like I was doing something to offset the fossil fuel dependency that touring requires.  Like, it didn’t make sense to me to be in a punk band singing about social inequity and environmental devastation, and then afterwards just be like, “ok, let’s get in the bus and drive five hours to the next show!”   Ultimately, it’s not a sustainable alternative for a variety of technical reasons (that’s straight grease, not biodiesel), but it was still time well spent.  There’s something to be said for having to filter by hand every gallon of fuel, and equating that gallon to each mile covered … not to mention challenging traditional gender roles, somehow that’s still a thing …  These days I’m more interested in making sure my vehicles get decent gas mileage, and exploring alternatives at home (like solar, rain barrels, etc.).

Do you still use bio fuel? Is there a way to still do this individually? I think Willie Nelson’s bus runs on this too, ha!
 No, I no longer use biofuel – it requires having a diesel vehicle, currently mine’s gas.  Also I think I just got too old/tired!  It’s really labor intensive.  Willie’s bus runs on biodiesel (or bio-Willie, as he calls it!)  – that means it’s a diesel engine that has not been converted to run on straight grease – rather, the fuel itself has been augmented so it can do in a regular diesel engine.
If you got a diesel car, the options are to leave the engine as-is and just run it on biodiesel (which can be found at many pumps at this point – “back in my day” we had to make it ourselves!) , or convert the engine to run on straight grease – this means, among other things, installing a heater in the fuel tank to make the oil thin enough to pass through the engine.  Although now decent used fryer grease is a hot commodity and hard to come by!  I used to be able to scavenge it for free – actually, on tour I would get up hours before everyone and try to find used grease in whatever town we were in!
I still think alternative fuels are a good idea:  Alternative fuels, yes!  Absolutely vital and necessary!  Straight veggie grease (which is different from biodiesel):  Not so much.  There’s not enough waste oil in the world for everyone to drive a greasemobile.  But it was a really cool boom in the 90s and early 2000s that a lot of us DIY touring musicians helped forge.
If you have a gas car, you can
make sure it gets good mileage, the tires are properly pressurized, etc.
What is your fave herbal drink or tincture? 
Oohh that’s a tough one.  I live with chronic pain, and herbs play a large role in how I cope day-to-day .  I love dandelion in all it’s incarnations; powdered, dried, fresh root, leaf, and flower .. I love it’s tenacity, it’s ability to grow anywhere, and deliver such potent medicine ..  I’ve been calling on the holy trinity of dandelion, burdock, and milk thistle tea for years, that never gets old.  I identify with herbs that thrive in difficult places: yarrow, balms, nettles, st. john’s … As I’ve gotten older, I find myself drawn more to herbs like hawthorn and black cohosh.
What herbs do you use before you sing?
There’s a product called “Singer’s Saving Grace”  that contains yerba mansa and licorice, I usually have that in my back pocket when we’re playing.  Energetically, it helps me knowing that it’s there if I need it.  Anything with slippery elm (like “Throat Coat” tea) is great before/after singing.  And of course yerba mate, I’d be lost without my mate’!
How do I stay limber/focused? 
It’s funny, performing is probably the main thing I do where I’m totally focused, and present .. for someone like me who lives in their head so much of the time, it can feel like I’m calling on all my faculties to bring it, and then afterwards I’m just spent.  Like, eat a big meal, go to bed, don’t talk to anybody the whole next day.  I make time during the week to go to the gym, do some tai chi, stuff like that.  I have to, or everything would just fall apart!
What is your spirit plant? 
Probably burdock.  She’s got those gorgeous, furled leaves, and is so spiky and belligerent on top.  The roots go so deep, and are so nourishing.  I love trees, too.  I love the Empress tree.  Curly willow.
And your Spirit Animal?
I’d have to go with the crow.  Resourceful, intelligent, independent, curious, survivalists.  Most of the qualities I look for in people.

]]> 17871 KISS A BEET! https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/03/14/kiss-a-beet/ Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:23:51 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17885 beets

(above, sugar beet harvest)

My girlfriend and band-mate says when she is gettin’ ready to go out on the town,

Hold on, let me put my face on!

Make-up has been used throughout time.

The Ancient Egyptians turned to the natural resources surrounding them to create cosmetics. Malachite, a copper ore, which provided the green eye makeup color so greatly favored at the time.

They also used henna or crushed insects like carmine or cochineal beetles to obtain shades of red lipstick. Solid lipstick was first invented by an arab cosmetologist, Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi.

 Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 12.59.36 PM

(make-up hoarding)

Victorian society women abhorred makeup and associated its use with prostitutes and actresses.

Around 3000 BCE Chinese people stained their fingernails with gum -arabic, gelatin, beeswax, and egg. Zhou dynasty royals wore gold and silver. Teeth also were painted gold or black.

In Greecewomen applied crushed mulberries as rouge and made fake eyebrows with oxen hair.

Native American ceremonial paint was also used to hide ones identity, as well as to obtain power from the creature or spirit represented. Colored paints were used for decoration and ornamentation, for spiritual power, and prayers to super natural beings, nature, Mother Earth, and animals. The natural materials used in making the paint could impart powers to the paint.Northwest Coastal tribes used crushed mica was also added to give a glitter effect to the paint for special occasions.

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 12.50.59 PM

This brings me to kissing a beet and you will never miss a beat!

Free from any chemicals or toxins, you can simply cut a beet open, rub a bit on your cheeks and lips and VOILA! you have a beautiful, natural hint of color all day and night.

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 12.50.45 PM

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 12.50.16 PM


Tara & Shane’s Herbal Smoking Blend https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/03/11/tara-shanes-herbal-smoking-blend/ Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:54:02 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17865 Last night I got the pleasure of a visit from two lovely gypsy artists, musicians and cosmic healers, Tara & Shane, as they were passing through Pittsburgh on their way to Brooklyn ( from the West Coast).

 Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 3.26.50 PM

We met up at Cattivo, where my band Franny Moon and some friends bands(Robin Vote, Side Eye & Seasaw) had a show. It was a fun night; the air was filled with music and also one full of one of rock n roll’s favorite things, tobacco smoke.

The next morning as I got a whiff of my hair, we got to talking over coffee and tea. The two, who are full of positive NRG, told me about their favorite herbs to mix for smoking that can be smoked as an alternative to tobacco in such situations, adding some pleasant scents to the vicinity. They can also be mixed with a little traditional rolling tobacco to lighten the load and scent.



RASPBERRY LEAF– is a good base*

CALENDULA– also a good base*

YERBA SANTA– a good base*

ROSE PETALS– add a pinch

DAMIANA– a pinch can be added, has a more stimulant feel

MUGWORT– good for dream work, before sleeping

SAGE– add a sprinkle to a base mix

CEDAR– a pinch or sprinkle

LAVENDER– has calming properties

MULLEIN– very good for cleansing your lungs

*make your base mix with green herbs such as raspberry leaf & yerba santa


People have smoked throughout history for a wide variety of reasons. Recreation, medicine, and spiritual ceremonies have all shaped the history and ritual of smoking herbs.

Documented uses of smoking various herbs date back 2,000-5,000 years for the Native Americans, Ancient Sumerians, Chinese Dynasties, Egyptian Royalties, Indian Yogis and other indigenous cultures

Dhumapana (“drinking smoke”), has been practiced for at least 2,000 years in India.

Beedi, a type of handrolled herbal cigarette consisting of cloves, ground betel nut, and tobacco, usually with rather low proportion of tobacco, are a modern descendant of the historical dhumapana.

Kinnikinnick is a Native American herbal smoking mixture. It is made from a traditional combination of leaves or barks that are believed to have medicinal and spiritual qualities.

There are classes about this!

Smoking these herbs can help you quit smoking tobacco.

There are herbs to smoke that will calm you.

*make your base mix with green herbs such as raspberry leaf & yerba santa

WELCOME GREEN GRAFFITI BLOG! https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2017/03/06/welcome-green-graffiti-blog/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:54:05 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=17792 Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 5.55.03 PM

Welcome to the Green Graffiti Blog, where I ( Franny aka SFK ) and friends will share daily lessons, discoveries and stories from fashion to farming, music, social justice, climate justice and much more.

After a week in Seattle, WA at my first Neighborworks Training Institute where I learned all about Community Restoration and Development. I decided it was time to relaunch the blog, with a fresh outlook stemming from my work over the past few years in the world of Urban Gardening & Farming at MLK Jr Community Garden & Farm &  Landslide Community Farm.

I decided my first post would be about brewing homemade kombucha, the fermented bubbly health tonic. Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 7.30.43 PMJust as soon as I opened up Sandor Ellix Katz’s book, Wild Fermentation , I realized that the local Pittsburgh Fermentation Fest was also happening that afternoon. The stars aligned for Green Graffiti Blog!

Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 6.28.16 PM

So I headed over to Spirit, was greeted at the door by a goat from Goat Rodeo farm, and tasted hibiscus kombucha, fresh queso, coconut yogurt and a lot of kimchi.

Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 6.28.06 PM

According to the pros that run the fest, which is in their second year, fermentation is “ the magical yet simple process by which sugars are converted to alcohol, gases, or acids, taking food and beverage to the next levels of flavor, nutrition, and preservation…the most common foods you may have heard of are yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, bread, wine, and kombucha”. 

And…did you know that the process of fermentation has been around since 6000BC?

Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 6.47.54 PM


When I got back home, I brewed up my own batch of cherry and black tea kombucha. In approximately three weeks, I will let you know how it tastes. Meanwhile, you ought to try some fermenting yourself, as a healthy gut is a happy gut.





THE MAGDALENA EXPERIENCE Q & A https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2014/01/22/the-magdalena-experience-q-a/ Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:39:29 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=6234 SFK IS HAPPY TO HAVE MAGDA IN THE GALLERY!


my point and shoot 35 mm:)




for the nude series they are set up, they have to be since they are self portraits


a bit of both


trillions of years ago but the most consistency came out about 3 years ago


iceland, sweden, poland, south africa, all over the US and many more


its the perfect place to contrast with actually human form


i think it started happening in m mid 20’s when I became more confident and realized woman of any shape and size are desirable. i was a tomboy my whole life and i used to be scared to even wear shorts to school because i had so many bruises on my legs from skateboarding.


well i cant think of any specifically but it is always funny to see peoples reactions to see the limits we go to take a photo. actually the one on the bridge i had my boyfriend shoot of me, and once i got everyone to move off the bridge and i took my top off, people thought i was gona commit suicide! then when i came back down, we realized there was no film in the camera so i had to do it twice in a huge tourist situation!
The situations are never planned so often times im around people i never met, so they are either totally cool with that or they think im the biggest weirdo. haha
Haha yes! Most of the trips come up last min by surprise so we shall see but I do hope to go to Turkey this year!
For more of the Magdalena Expreience. Click HERE

]]> 6234 Female Rebel: Tahiya Karyoka https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/2013/07/01/female-rebel-tahiya-karyoka/ Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:50:07 +0000 https://sarahfranceskuhn.com/?p=5859
Taheya Karyoka
was born in a small village in Egypt in 1919.  Like any common Middle Eastern family, her parents did not approve of her passion for belly dancing since it was not “respectful” and shows off too much skin. Eventually, however, this young girl had a great impact on her country, its culture and politics.

When she first tried to pursue a career in belly dancing she faced abuse from her brothers. This led to her decision to move to Cairo with an old neighbor named Suad, who was a nightclub owner and artist.

Tahiya was tough and determined, she knew what she was doing and never let her anyone get in the way of her passion. When she initially moved to Cairo, she was asked to perform at nightclubs several times (which obviously pays a lot) but she always refused because she felt she was too pretty for a nightclub and not for a second did she want to downgrade herself.


Cairo was flourishing by the 1920’s and there were drastic changes in the art, music and dance scene. Ultimately, a cabaret culture emerged, which was very exciting and attracted the high society and elites of Cairo. By this point, Taheya was dancing at Casino Badiy, which became the most prominent cabaret that took on the status of the city’s hot spot.

She gained huge popularity very quickly.  Soon she was asked to dance for King Farouk’s wedding procession in 1936; and dance along to the tunes of Om Kalthoum, who is regarded as the greatest Arabic female singer in history. Om Kalthoum once said that Taheya “‘was the only one who could sing with her body.”

By the 1940’s, Taheya was on the top of the fame ladder.  Since it was a time of war, the nightlife scene increased along with the increase of bombs and killings in Egypt. Taheya was also acting in leading roles, primarily dance & musical comedies, which helped calm the people of Cairo during these tough times.

With her excellent knowledge in both English and French  (that she taught herself) Taheya soon only allowed herself to dance for King Farouk and the royal family.
The rebel in Taheya does not only display her passion for pursuing belly dancing despite what her family and the community had to say, it pushed her to be a political activist. She was a founding member of the HDTO party in 1953 and constantly expressed her support for post-revolution return and promoted democracy. As a result of her rebellion, she was jailed for 101 days but this did not stop her, she also went on a hunger strike in support of her values. In 1987, she protested in support of workers’ unions.

With the spread of Islam in the 1980’s, Taheya wore the Hijab( veil) but never once regretted her profession and was very proud of her chosen career. She supported the entertainment business until the end of her life.


From dancing to signing to leading cinema roles, Taheya obviously did not give a F*&! She stood up against the conservative nature of her family, was married 14 times, including an American army officer during WWII. Edward Said, a Palestinian-American writer- once said that Taheya, “is not only a belly dancer, but an artist who played a role in shaping Egypt’s modern culture.”

Taheya is a figure that will never be forgotten in Egyptian history. She is an extremely independent and influential role model to all women, especially women who are oppressed either by their families or communities.