collage and mixed media on cardboard
12 x 9 in.
As a young child in the early 1960s, my definitions of beauty were formed by societal expectations and popular culture — fashionable clothes, proper deportment, blonde hair, and blue eyes were what would win me a man. Unfortunately, this message conflicted not only with my brown hair and eyes, but also with my confused gender identity. For although I wanted more than anything to be the Breck Girl, I was sure I was going to grow up to be a man.
© Ginnie Lupi