This was an art final for school, and I’m hoping it can inspire some of you.My project, the duct tape dress, is mainly a statement about our society, eating disorders, and body image issues in women. I personally have been anorexic (now nearly recovered) for 4 years now and I wanted this project to both reflect my journey, and make others think about the things they say and do. I wanted the duct tape to represent almost a thick skin on my body, and so it is very tight. The black outline represents society’s image of beauty, a thing very few people resemble. Inside that, I have written many negative statements. They are all things that have been said to me or I have inwardly called myself, along with things that go along with being eating disordered. In addition, I had some collaboration in this project. You may notice a variation in handwriting, as I had a few friends who deal with body image issues (and nearly every girl does I find), write things on there as well. This shows that you are never alone and this is nearly something everyone can relate to. The white section mainly represents my recovery. These are both things I have gained through recovery, things that I have realized about myself, or things that people now say about me in recovery that were absent when I was skin and bones. These are in all different colors, trying to show the happiness in this new life I have found after the uphill battle.
You may notice that the black sections are much more disordered and varied and the white is very orderly. This was on purpose, showing that sometimes when you’re in that mindset, things don’t always make sense and your thoughts are everywhere at once. Something else that stays constant is the red marks on the dress. In black, they are X’s and in white they are hearts. These could represent both self harm that many deal with and that the same hand that is used to hurt yourself can also be conditioned to love yourself. Also, some words in both sections are the same. For example, “curvy,” “imperfect,” and “bitch.” These are all words that may still describe me, but can carry a different implication in recovery. When someone tells me I’m imperfect, or that I’m a bitch, I can now take it with a smile and say, “yes, you’re right.” My makeup was a little added touch. I wanted one side to look more like a model, to show that anyone can be beautiful and anyone can be a model regardless of size. The other side is a skull, because that is what the anorexia mindset drives you toward. If we don’t stop this madness of “thinspo” and “pro-ana,” more and more people will die of this disease.
Please think before you speak. It affects everyone more than you know.
This is my stunning, and very talented girlfriend(also very beautiful), she explains why she wore this above ; but let tell you, I am so proud of her for doing it, she’s doing so well, and she’s doing it all on her own, and that’s just beautiful. I just wanted to share this because even though she’s my girlfriend I found this inspiring and I wanted to share it with all of you! I hope you all have a magical night!(: