This is something every teenage girl should see.
[my thanks to Jolly for sharing this with me]
Watching the video reminded me of the American photographer Lauren Greenfield whose photographs of American girls show the stresses faced by today’s young women: their love-hate relationship with the mirror, with wearing the perfectly correct clothes in a perfect body, and the pressure of peers as a source of authority.
In her book Girl Culture, (2002) the photos are accompanied with frank first-person monologues some of which will make you squirm: Six year-old Lilly who “feels geeky if I don’t dress well”, 12-year-olds being weighed at weight loss camp, 12 year-olds from Minnesota “who wear a lot of makeup and only buy their clothes from six stores”, and the clothes girls wear to graduation, to their 15th birthday parties, to lap dance in Vegas…
If you live in S. California, Lauren Greenfield is one of the photographers in the current exhibition at the Getty Museum: “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties“. Go see it.