Beauty Queens – Paris
July 2016 – June 2020
Beauty Queen is an artistic series about women and their place in a main patriarchy society. I decided to represent some of the most iconic women in different eras of humanity. Living legends and still after their death but also the symbol of their own vulnerability. This art series is about women’s beauty standards throughout history. An aesthetic satire, a visual paradox. The goal is to question our time from a social and cultural point of view. Emphasize our relationship about identity & society. It’s a decapitated still-life photograph, well representative of a Memento-Mori suffocated. They are between glamorous heroines and victims straight out of a tragedy. These characters evolve in a saturated pop color set-up with a strong meaning revealing a much darker condition. History is an infinite inspiration. 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.
NATURE VIVANTE 1 – Kylie Jenner – Digital Era
The dictatorship of women’s beauty.
People want to rise Kylie Jenner as a living icon, no matter what people will think about her, 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 ? 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 2 – Marilyn Monroe – Contemporary Times
The persecution of women’s life goals.
Marilyn Monroe 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 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 3 – Frida Kahlo – Contemporary Times
NATURE VIVANTE 4 – Marie Antoinette – Age of Enlightenment
NATURE VIVANTE 5 – Jeanne D’Arc – Middle Age
Women’s undefeated power.
Here the portrait of Jeanne D’arc, she ran an entire nation and helped the reconstruction of her own country after almost one century of war. She became a national heroine during her lifetime; but after being burned alive like the witches during her time; she paradoxically became the personification of national unity. Her tragic fate makes some echo with our actual society.
NATURE MORTE 6 – Cleopatra – Classical Antiquity