A Perfect 10
For a period of time I was uncomfortable regarding issues in media about how women are not only perceived but treated based simply on looks and being a woman. However, I never gave it a thought as a photographer until the last election when Trump was quoted saying “A woman who is very flat-chested is very difficult to be a 10”. Whether you voted or supported him or not, this is something any woman (especially) could not unhear. It was here I was inspired as an artist to do a project addressing issues around women. Chapter 1 was a direct jab at this Trump quote and I shot a series of small-breasted women to be hung beside their personal stories of body-shaming, abuse, and trauma.
I started working on the project early spring 2017 and the response was overwhelming. Not just the response from people who have seen this collection, but the response from women who wanted to be a part of it. Not just small-chested women but women from all corners of the issue wanted to be seen and heard through this project. And so it grew, the project as well as the problem. Since then the issues ensue. Fat-shaming, rape culture, and now sexual harassment by high status power men preying on young women.
A Perfect 10 is a series of minimalist portraits of real women and their stories. My goal in this project is meant to give their stories a face and a voice. For future chapters, I plan to shoot women from all walks of life who are not just small-chested, but women who've been body-shamed, abused, and silenced because of their culture or religion. I am shooting women who have had mastectomies and scarring due to cancer. I am shooting transgendered individuals who are either correcting the mistake or about to make the transition. Their stories are meant to empower women and to show that femininity is more than skin deep. My goal is to have at least 25 women before I move onto Chapter 2 of this project. It is meant to create a different conversation so the women of our generation can take their power back and use this as an opportunity, as one day ancestral mothers, to pass down a new story of strength, hope, and experience to our young women.