My entire life, I have struggled with my own body image and how I am percieved by others. It's not easy to grow up thinking that you'll never be pretty or skinny enough, especially when you feel the pressures to lose more weight or wear more makeup from the world around you. However, these past few years of living and learning have allowed me to become confident in who I am, and I owe it to people like Jessie, Valerie, MC and Dakota who show me that I am beautiful, strong and capable.
"An Ode to Defiance" explores how four individuals personally defy hegemonic gender norms. This project was created to inspire people to love themselves no matter the pressures society forces upon them.