BEAUTY QUEEN – Paris – 2016/2018
Art Concept – Photo & Edit by LAURA MA
Amenis Li as Cleopatra & Louise Blueregard as Marilyn Monroe
Simba Ba as Kylie Jenner & Giordana Tiberi as Frida Kahlo
Beauty Queen is an artistic series about women and the dilemma they have to choice between love & power in a patriarchy social world. Love and Power in every each other definition. I mean, Love is about self love for exemple, or about being loved or being recognized by the society’s views. Power is about the individual access of some economic or political roles and/or the appreciation of one majority. In brief, everything that bring you to rise in the social’s scale : wealth, political or economic roles and glory are the best way to evolve in this world’s game. This is why, people always wanted to possess money secure, grades or glory. I decided to represent some of the most iconic women in her different eras of human history. Living legends, and still after their death. Real icons like Marylin Monroe, Cleopatra and Frida Kahlo. This art series is about women’s beauty standards throughout history. How they used it to achieve their goals, how they started from the bottom to climb on the top of the world’s scale and access at the end of what everybody want to access. But unfortunately, what bring this icons to their own decline and finally death, is Love. Not actually for Kylie Jenner at the present – day because people want to rise her as a living icon, no matter what people say, indeed. But can we say that her multiple surgeries to get her beauty socially accepted in the elite’s world, will cause her own degradation ? Love in this all definitions, is it a hindrance or a boost for women’s power and success ?
NATURE VIVANTE 4 – Kylie Jenner – Numeric Times
The dictatorship of women’s beauty.
At her early age, she suffers of multiple surgeries for being accepted and recognized in the actual tyranny of women beauty standards and stereotypes. Social pressure against women beauties, push her to transform her child face and body to looks like the typical occident beauty types.
NATURE MORTE 3 – Marilyn Monroe – Contemporary Times Fifties
The persecution of women’s life goals.
She was a living legend too, a model, actress and singer. She was powerful, rich, glorious by the past and still now. She was desired by a lot who succumbed of her charm, literally a sex-symbol. But she was depressed and committed a suicide because of some unknown reasons. Maybe because of her loneliness, and the deception to feel that she was not succeeded all her goals (unsuccessful marriages, no child and drugs issues). She was finally always perceived as a sexual object. This, is an important social pressure for a women of her time and probably still ours.
NATURE MORTE 2 – Frida Kahlo – Contemporary Times Twenties
NATURE MORTE 1 – Cleopatra – Classical Antiquity
Beauty Queen highlights the social pressure at different times for the most iconic women, by the past until now. The story is always about a sacrifice of her own happiness.