Men Pretending to Be Women Pretending to Be Foxes
Murad Ali spends 12 hours a day in the Karachi Zoo in Pakistan, dressed as a woman who is in turn dressed as the mythical figure known as Mumtaz Begum, a part woman, part fox.
Ali is the latest in a line of male actors that have portrayed this fox for the entertainment and education of zoo visitors. (Men play Mumtaz Begum instead of women because “men are able to respond better to harassment and negative comments.”)
School children visit Mumtaz Begum regularly to ask her questions and receive guidance on their destiny.