"American concepts of the “perfect female body” are clearly exemplified through commercialism, portraying “image as everything” and introducing trends that many spend hundreds of dollars to imitate. It is more common than ever that women are enlarging breasts with silicone, making short hair longer with synthetic hair weaves, covering natural nails with acrylic fill-ins, or perhaps replacing natural eyes with contacts.

Even on magazine covers, graphic artists are airbrushing and manipulating photographs in software programs, making the image of a small waist and clear skin flawless. As a result, the female body becomes a replica of a doll, and the essence of natural beauty in popular American culture is replaced by fantasy."

Shelia Pree Bright to The Huffington Post

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
September 5 - December 7, 2013
Atlanta, GA

Evansville Museum
January 19 - March 16, 2014
Evansville, IN

Virginia Museum of Fine Art
May - August 2014
Richmond, VA


 


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