Our sense of identity either drives us forward, or holds us back.

In this project I wanted to deal with my experience of modeling and its influence on my life. I wanted to create a self-portrait through portraits of other young women, not necessarily models, who were similarly influenced by the beauty ideal promoted by the fashion industry and media.

The stories behind the portraits of these young women show the evidence of the warped perception of beauty that is surrounding us on a daily bases. The portraits are not the representation of the weaknesses and failures of the past, but the complete opposite. Through these portraits I wanted to show and empower the strength of the female identity and encourage people to feel beautiful and happy with who they are.

“… in paradise there is no distinction between beauty and ugliness, so that all the things the body is made of were neither ugly nor beautiful but only delightful…”

Milan Kundera, Life is Elsewhere

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