Beauty Warriors new images and the book

by evijalaivina@gmail.com in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Aiming to create 40-50 new images with new beauty devices for the project Beauty Warriors, expand the research and publish a book.

by evijalaivina@gmail.com in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

About Beauty Warriors.

In 2017 I started this project while studying at the University of Highlands and Islands.  I was looking for something to research and wanted to explore themes related to women's appearances and standards of beauty. One day I found a little strange thing called 'Face slimmer'. I was very intrigued what is all about and I started my research. I found more interesting items and started to collect them. I knew that I want to show the world what I have found and I started to organise photoshoots inviting local women to pose for the images. 

I created 30 images from 2017-2019. The project is fully self-funded. I styled my images, looked for beautiful vintage style clothing to perfectly match the model and the gadget. I took photographs at the community centres and at homes and at my small studio. 

Dimple Maker, Beauty Warriors I 2019

Cheek Slimmer, Beauty Warriors I, 2019

The project has many publications, features and received LensCulture Portrait Award 2017 and was nominated for Henry Nannen Preis 2019 in Germany. The Beauty Warriors project was exhibited in Scotland at the FLOW festival, in Switzerland at the Pfaffikon Kultur Zentrum and at Benidorm Expone festival in Spain. 

BenidormExpone Festival, Spain, Benidorm, July- August 2019

BenidormExpone Festival, Spain, Benidorm, July- August 2019

What is happening now?

At the moment I have two parts in this project- first part- portraits with tools that are designed to use on face and neck, the second part is focusing on the body- butt enlargement, breast enlargement, thigh gap, flat tummies and other areas.  I am working on the third part of the project, the conceptual images corresponding to worlds obsession with beauty and plastic surgery, strange trends on social media. 

Wraps, Beauty Warriors II, 2018

What are my plans?

I am working on the research, and I want to explore more interesting and unusual beauty routines and tools. I have found already approximately 50 new different beauty enhancement tools and gadgets. I want to buy them all! 

There are a couple of examples of the products that I would like to purchase.

I have found massagers, strange nose shaping tools, very exotic facial masks and other things not just for the face but also for the body. After the crowdfunding campaign, I will order these items and one by one will be used for the new photographs.

How I am working.

I am very interested in online beauty trends, strange, unusual beauty routines and plastic surgery and the actualities in the beauty industry. I use social media and online shopping sites as my inspiration. By using specific keywords and hashtags, I can find very interesting images, items and information. I capture screenshots and note down the information, sometimes comments and reactions. I am interested in how the story unfolds by following trendy hashtags. For example, I looked for information about breast enlargement surgeries. Through the hashtags and social media posts, I found out about Breast Implant Illness. I followed the hashtag BII I found so much information - the individual women stories, the warnings from the doctors about dangers of the implants and the opposite stories- how good and safe the implants are. So I wanted to understand what is the truth and are the implants so bad for women?

From individual women stories, I learned how dangerous can the breast implants be and what health problems women are experiencing just by having them. The health problems they have are very difficult to detect, it takes a long time to find out what is causing these problems.  I found stories that the explant surgeries (breast implant removal) can immediately help and lots of the symptoms are disappearing after the surgeries. In addition, in many countries, certain types of implants are banned because of the dangers of breast cancer. 

 Sometimes it's hard to understand what is true and what is fake news. I am fascinated by the amount of different information and images and videos available online and I use them as a starting point in my art. In this way, I created my Party Table installation. I decided to add this work to the Beauty Warriors project, in the Third Part.

Party Table, Detail. Installation, 2019

Party Table, detail. Installation, 2019

Party Table, Installation, 2019

In the end, I will create a beautiful photo book 'Beauty Warriors'. I hope to complete the book after one year from the end of the Crowdfunder. I know this will be a great challenge because this will be my first book. I will learn on the go. I hope to find the right connections so the project could be completed and the end product- the book would reach you on time.

Booty Beauty, Beauty Warriors II, 2018

Water Bags, Beauty Warriors III, 2019

With your support, I will be able to create something that is interesting, funny and meaningful! Thank you very much for reading!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Beauty Warriors Pocket Mirror

As a thank you for your generous support you will receive a Beauty Warriors pocket mirror and a signed thank you card! Limited edition!

£5 or more

Thank you for your support!

Your kind support will help to develop my project!

£10 or more

Beauty Warriors supporter's badge

Thank you so much for your support! You will receive a Beauty Warrior supporter's badge and a beautiful thank you card with one of the Beauty Warriors!

£30 or more

6 x 9 Beauty Warriors Print

Thank you so much for your generous support! You will receive a 6 x 9 signed print with one of the Beauty Warriors created only for this Crowdfunding! Plus a signed postcard and a badge.

£50 or more

12 x 16 Beauty Warriors Print

Thank you so much! You will receive a signed 12 x 16 print, created especially for the Crowdfunding from Beauty Warriors series. Plus you will receive a signed postcard and a badge.

£50 or more

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Beauty Warriors book for a half price

You will receive an exclusive discount for the book. You will also receive a supporters badge and 6x9 print with one of the Beauty Warriors.

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Beauty Warriors Book

You will receive a signed Beauty Warriors book, postcard and a supporter badge!

£300 or more

0 of 50 claimed

12 x 16 Beauty Warriors Limited Edition print

You will receive a beautiful 12 x 16 signed Beauty Warriors print of your choice and a signed book! Also, you will receive a signed postcard, a pocket mirror and a badge!


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