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    My 20-year-old daughter admitted to me tonight that she struggles with body image. I died inside when she told me this. Girls don’t just simply decide to hate their bodies, we teach them to…Hollywood, the beauty industry, the advertising industry, and social media. This is a portrait of my daughter as she perceives herself, but it is also a portrait of a nation of girls who spend far too much time on social media comparing themselves to others. Girls…love yourself. Every. Body. Is. Beautiful.
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    Elizabeth, thank you so much to you and your daughter for sharing this with us. It takes a huge amount of courage to put yourself in front of a camera and share insecurities with the world in an effort to spread awareness of body positivity. I am so humbled that your daughter wanted to share her story with you, with us. This abstraction has a clear, haunting message about society's expectations told in an eloquent manner. It's simply beautiful, Elizabeth. I can't thank you enough.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
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    Date Taken: Jul 19, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2018
    Location: San Mateo, California, United States
    Copyright: © Elizabeth Paoletti
    Categories: Abstract, Black and White, Portraits
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2018, Rethinking Portraiture