Tuesday, April 10, 2012

♥ she was an american girl.

the closest i ever came to owning an american girl doll as a kid 
was when a classmate of mine gave me happy birthday, samantha! 
for my birthday. and while i never could understand this fascination with the 
white-washed, starched-collar victorian lifestyle these dolls seemed to represent-
 it seems there is still an abundance of young women who relate to and love t
heir dolls- so much so that they choose to dress like them
 and bring them everywhere.

photographer ilona szwarc came to the US from poland in 2008 and 
was immediately struck by the number of girls carrying around what she claims is,
  "their own sculptural representations, their twins, their avatars."

she went on to create an american girls project where she
"examine[s] the line where product creates culture" and "investigate[s] how
culture conditions gender, and how it invents childhood."

spotted on got a girl crush & flavorwire.

the only quip szwarc has about american girls is that she "wishes there
were more choices so everyone would get represented."

i could not agree more.

3 ♥ love notes.:

  1. I must be a huge weirdo because I have never had an American Girl doll.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  2. What a great idea for a photography series! I wanted a Samantha doll too because she had long brown hair like me..but I never got one.

  3. I had an American girl doll, named Emily - she was then passed on to my oldest niece. This photo series is really neat and brings me back to when I was younger!


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