When 24-year-old Nadia Ali started receiving death threats for a film she starred in donning a hijab, she could’ve been intimidated, but the Pakistani-American porn star used the controversy to speak about female sexuality, especially in Pakistan and the Middle East.

“I’ve been told, ‘you’re not a Muslim, you’re a disgrace to Pakistan, Pakistan won’t accept you,’ but I do come from a Middle Eastern background and I am Muslim, not the way my parents are, but by practice,” Ali tells in an interview with the Daily Beast. “My sister covers her head, she’s modest, married, and has kids. My mom covers her head and prays five times a day, I pray two times a day but I’m still a practicing Muslim.”

On being asked about her family in Pakistan and their reaction to this, Ali said :

I’m definitely not welcome back into the society of Pakistan, but when it comes to my cousins and blood cousins, they are still cool with me. They aren’t okay with what I’m doing but they’re still cool with me. They have no complaints but might wish I’d never done it. Some of my family from Pakistan came to America on scholarships for their expertise and genius minds and I’m over here being an American choosing a different route, and that disappoints them.

When she was asked about wearing Hijab in her scenes and was it just for increasing publicity.. Nadia replied :

Growing up I’d hear rumors like, “That girl’s a slut, don’t let the scarf fool you.” I kept those scenarios in mind. If a Hijabi were to be horny and wanting to fuck how would she fuck? I bring that to life on camera and people get mad about it because they want to keep it modest. I have brown eyes and brunette hair. If I didn’t wear my cultural stuff and picked a name like “Sally” then I might get famous, but it wouldn’t be interesting. But I do come from a Middle Eastern background, I have the gowns, I celebrate the culture, and speak the language. Coming from an Islamic background and doing this, that’s a taboo. The people are forbidden to see those things.

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If I were to set foot in Pakistan and people were to recognize me there’d be consequences and I’d rather not take my chances. Being banned won’t stop me from talking.

“I am a practising Muslim, What you do is not who you are. I pray in the morning, and I’m an exotic dancer at night,” she clarifies.

Nadia has very liberal thought and she wants to be a voice for women all over the world especially from middle east.

It’s more than porn, it’s more than sexuality. Doing porn was a breakthrough in how women should be able to masturbate; women should be able to do these things. I want to be a voice for women in the world. I am all about the women’s movement and want to help other women take a stand. I also support my fellow men that are part of the positive movement, but I’m against sexual double standards. Being in America, I can be a voice for Islamic women—someone has to be. Even if I have to hit the headline news over and over again in a negative way, then let it be. It needs to be heard, and I am glad I have done these things. Women, you need to be strong and build your own empire, no matter how long it takes.

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Pass that strength onto your next generation; stick up for your sons and daughters. You don’t need a man to start a revolution.

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