Burqa-wearing Rock Guitarist Aims to Break Barriers

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar during a concert in Sao Paulo December 16, 2014. Based in Sao Paulo, Marie, 42, is the granddaughter of German Catholics, and converted to Islam several months after her father passed away in 2009. Marie, who wears the Burka, has been fronting her brothers’ heavy metal band “Spectrus” since 2012. “People do not expect to see a Muslim woman who uses a Burqa, practices the religion properly and is a professional guitarist who plays in a Heavy Metal band, so many people are shocked by it. But other people are curious and find it interesting, and others think that it is cool, but definitely, many people are shocked”, said Marie. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar during a rehearsal at a studio in Sao Paulo January 27, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, holds her Gibson Flying V electric guitar before a rehearsal at a studio in Sao Paulo January 27, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, gestures before a rehearsal at a studio in Sao Paulo January 21, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar during a rehearsal at a studio in Sao Paulo January 13, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar next to a Koran at her house in Sao Paulo August 11, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, walks past a poster after a rehearsal at her house, in Sao Paulo September 15, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, holds music CDs in a shop after a rehearsal at her house, in Sao Paulo September 15, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, crosses a street after a rehearsal at a studio in Sao Paulo September 15, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, looks on as her teacher Marcelo (R) plays a guitar during a music class in Sao Paulo August 13, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, checks the sound of a guitar next to a salesman at a shop selling musical instruments in Sao Paulo August 13, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, looks at guitars at a shop selling musical instruments in Sao Paulo August 13, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, gestures in front of a wall of guitars, at a shop selling musical instruments in Sao Paulo August 13, 2015. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, talks on her mobile phone before a concert in Sao Paulo December 16, 2014. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, checks her guitar wah pedal before a concert in Sao Paulo December 16, 2014. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie, a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar during a concert in Sao Paulo December 16, 2014. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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Gisele Marie (L), a Muslim woman and professional heavy metal musician, plays her Gibson Flying V electric guitar during a concert in Sao Paulo December 16, 2014. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

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