Marianna Rothen is a Canadian photographer currently working in New York.
The online platforms at our disposition have helped to disseminate genuinely diverse ideas on what is beautiful - and to rebut mass-media definitions - but female beauty will always be a contentious issue: no matter how broad our definitions are, as long as beauty is encouraged as a social tool, a hierarchy will persist. And most of the time the universal female beauty paragon is a cisgender white woman.
In current culture, where heavily editing pictures is an acceptable behavior, the phenomena exists when we create our images to show to others how we would like to be seen by the others. We no longer compare ourselves to the desired beauty examples but rather compare ourselves to ourselves. Which is not a better alternative - internal issues are as harmful as the standards dictated by the outside.
Marianna's women are something from the category of those beautiful women from old days to whom women used to/would like to look up. But her subjects are not merely passive muses - they often have some action and their own narratives and raise emotions.
Girl on Girl: Female Gaze
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