In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Halloween, for the next few
weeks I'll be working on a project I call “emPOWERED Women.”
From a fun and creative aspect, I will be asking female strangers and friends to choose a card of out a deck of cards that I have labeled with super powers.
Then, on the spot, they will model that power for several portraits.
This project is about empowering women in the comic book industry; artists, readers, and the characters. Women are beautiful, and they are powerful. And yet so often they are torn down and told they're not worthy. I believe otherwise.
This project is dedicated to raising awareness about the mistreatment of women, and showing that they should be treated as fairly as anyone else. In addition to the photos, I will ask a few questions regarding their views on women empowerment.
I hope you enjoy this project, and that you'll help me spread the word about emPOWERED women!
EDIT: The 2014 iteration of this project has now ended, but the cause never will! Check it out below!
Scroll down to read about and watch the interviews with some emPOWERED women!
Jenna the Telepath
An EmPOWERED Woman
Jenna is a cosplayer I met in Richmond during the Cosplay Club at VCU's bake sale fundraiser. She was excited to be a part of my project and help raise awareness about emPOWERED women.
The card Jenna chose was "telepathy," the power to control things with one's mind, and she acted that power out flawlessly - check out the photo and interview below!
Jenna is the first participant in my project, and she raised a lot of important issues that were
really eye opening for me.
"There are women out there who are tough"
Check out the full interview below:
Jennifer the Flyer
An emPOWERED Woman
Jennifer is a classmate of mine in my theater class. She is a very talented individual, able to immerse herself into any situation when acting.
Jennifer's card was actually "Choose your own," and she decided upon flight, which, as you can see from the photos, we had a lot of fun with!
Jennifer told me about an animator that created a female character that was sassy and feminine, but also strong and independent. In the end if it's a good story, readers will come, without having to pervert the female characters.
"One thing I've seen is that the artists tend to pervert the women's body... It's giving the wrong image"