Alongside Karachi Zoo’s enclosures for elephants and deer, hidden behind a curtain in an ornate pavilion, there is a creature the likes of which you won’t find in the wild.
It is the home of Mumtaz Begum - a mythical half-fox, half-woman chimera - who has been the zoo’s top attraction for generations.
Murad Ali, 33, is the man behind Mumtaz. He dresses as the woman with the body of a fox and gets into character for up to 12 hours a day.
The father of two inherited the role from his father who died 16 years ago.
Mohammad Fahim Khan, the zoo’s director, says Mumtaz became a permanent exhibit after a few people from a circus offered to set up the attraction there 40 years ago.
She has always been played by men because they are able to respond better to those who harass her, says Mr Khan.
Make-up: Ian Machine
Hair (Color and Style): Kathie Hale-Miller The Hair Apparent
Styling: Kyris (And Ian’s belongings)
Avalanches of the violent disharmony
This is a reject…. I ran out of steam…. I had some vague idea about pinheads….. Don’t fret I have an enormous affection for what are considered defects…. Nay respect…. I had to abandon it at the light test stage
jonny slut from specimen
Mylar, O’Shay Nunn and Clint Catalyst
*Surface Magazine release party
San Francisco, 1994