Vivian Xu does her makeup in her dorm room in Washington, DC on December 14, 2019. “I definitely started to put more efforts on my appearance last fall when I ran for RHA [Residence Hall Association] and aimed to look more ‘presentable’. For me, I get severely anxious when speaking in front of a crowd, especially in my non-native language. Putting on makeup and (sometimes excessively) dressing up do help me with my confidence at times.” Xu said.
Eight year old Megan Stetson watches the fairy in her music box spin around in her bedroom at home in Jupiter, Florida on November 28, 2019. Stetson loves the color pink, reading, and hula hooping.
Téa Walsh looks at her reflection in her bedroom at home in Jupiter, Florida on December 1, 2019. “If I were to wear this out in public it would unacceptable. If a guy wore it, it would be acceptable. I have to spend all this money on this stuff because society wants me to, guys don’t have society telling them that.” Walsh said about being a female in today’s society.
A woman smokes a cigarette parked on the side of I Street in Washington, DC on December 14, 2019. She talks on the phone sitting in her car with the window rolled down.
Caroline Frentz (left) passes a cup of coffee to Alex Morganti (right) on a cold winter day in Washington, DC on December 14, 2019. “For the first few months of our relationship we’d meet every Wednesday morning on the same bench and have a coffee. At first we were apprehensive, exchanging small smiles and bits of life in between bites of croissant. But as the weeks went on these conversations shifted from not only who we are but who we are together and how we fit into the world. We would watch people go by and imagine where they were going or what they thought of us but it didn’t matter. We just sat holding hands and eating breakfast.” Frentz said.
Sophia Badalian does her makeup in her dorm room in Washington, DC on December 15, 2019. “To me, being a woman means having strength, value, and capability beyond all expectations. As an Armenian woman, there is something incredibly special about the way we connect, not only with each other, but with our ancestors and the earth. For us, women are the ones who weave the fabric of family and culture and hold the heaviest weights on their shoulders. Women have a remarkable magic that is often underestimated.” Badalian said.
A woman gets her hair done at David’s Hair Salon in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019. She looks at her reflection and sits quietly waiting for the process to be finished.