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This is the third upload in a long series I am doing about self-esteem. The wall itself is constructed from dozens of copies of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and a lone Sports Illustrated. I wanted to get the feeling of flipping through the magazine without the big bits of text we read. This is the stuff you see while flipping to the key articles you want. This is what we show young women they have to be. And I know its cliche but I think this truly impacts people. When I first put this wall up I threw a few parties in my apartment and the reaction I had from many young women was that the wall itself made them feel like they were not good enough; it made them feel inadequate, unattractive, etc.
This series involves a very attractive girl encountering this BS scene and showing it exactly how she feels.
I've pulled he camera back to make her feel smaller then the other images in the face of this weird cliche but I don't believe she looses the confident look I know her for. Spencer is perfect for this series because she genuinely has one the strongest, out-ward facing self-esteems I've ever encountered. It could be an act who knows. But she was the one most genuinely amused by the wall'd constructed.
In this she is pressing herself up against the wall. is she trying to join in her own way, like angel? Is she covering it up? Is she hiding in plain sight?
In this version of the image, Spencer is ripping the wall to shreds. Tearing it down. Classic defiance and destruction reveals the underlying message that these images press into each and every one of us, over and over: "you will never be good enough"
In the final panel of this triptych she is laying on her back, she's pulled most of the wall down and covered herself in it.
Has the mass of faces overwhelmed her or has she taken control and using the images to her own strange devices? is she giving up? Is this victory?
See the rest of the series: