A few years ago, I had the idea to put together a photo series with women absent of any make up or cosmetic work as my subjects. Recently, I decided to make this idea become a reality because social media is in desperate need of photographs that reflect REAL women. Everyday women. I'm not sure about you, but I'm tired of seeing plumped up versions of Barbie on my news feed. I want to see women who inspire me to be the best version of myself. When I think of female role models in my life, I think of my grandmother, mom, friends, Frida Khalo, Tina Fey (she is the greatest, let's be honest) and Michelle Obama. These women are strong and beautiful. These are the kind of women I will meet as I venture through the city of Chicago in search of new stories and perspectives.
"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
I start this journey in hopes that the women I encounter will empower me and the viewers of my work. I not only want to capture the essence of each individual through photograph, but allow their voice to be heard through a brief interview. I want to use my gifts to celebrate the women who are often over looked.
We all have a voice that needs to be heard.
We all have a story that needs to be shared.
This kind lady allowed me to take her portrait while I was still in high school exploring my passion for photography. Little did she know it was the inspiration of a greater project. Thank you for being pink, confident, and beautiful.