IN PHOTOS: Feminism and the Art of Iranian Motorcycle Maintenance

At 27, Shafiei has become a symbol of the shifting social norms for women in Iran, realizing her dream of becoming a professional biker despite living in a country where she is not allowed to ride on public roads.

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Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei (R) rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei (R) rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her helmet during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
At 27, Shafiei has become a symbol of the shifting social norms for women in Iran, realising her dream of becoming a professional biker despite living in a country where she is not allowed to ride on public roads.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her helmet during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017. Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei (R) rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei (R) rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei walks during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei walks during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei (R) rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei (R) rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei poses during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei rides her motorcycle during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her gloves during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her gloves during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her helmet during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her helmet during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her helmet during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.
Iranian motorbike champion Behnaz Shafiei adjusts her helmet during a training session in Parand, southwest of Tehran, on February 27, 2017.Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP

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