Thought-Provoking Portraits Of Youths Who Are Unhappy With Their Natural Body
Cambell, 16 years – Transgender male to female
In her photo series ‘In My Skin’, photographer Michelle Sank captures British youths who feel compelled to change their bodies as a result of being influenced by images in magazines, television and online sites.
Whether they are looking to conform to Western standards of beauty, recovering from anorexia or feel they were born into the wrong gender, a common thread joins these youths together; they do not accept their bodies.
In changing their bodies, they are challenging their own and society’s notions of conventional physical beauty.
What do you think? Do you think it is right for young people to pursue physical perfection at such a young age?
Amy, 21 years – Breast Augmentation at 18
Olli, 19 years – recovering from anorexia
Roland, 19 years – Alias Lady Gaga
Paige, 16 years – Awaiting Breast Augmentation
Jackie, 18 years – Full transition surgery at 16
Hannah, 20 years – Lip fillers, breast augmentation, botox, body liposuction, rhinoplasty
Mike, 22 years – Body enhancing supplements and body waxing
Hannah, 17 years – Botox
Jaye, 25 years – Prior full transition to female surgery
John, 19 years – Transgender female to male. Now gender neutral
Ben, 17 years – Shaves his legs and straightens his hair
Jason, 19 years – Body Builder
Matt, 18 years – Transgender female to male
Jade, 20 years – tattooed eyebrows and hair extensions
Nicola – recovering from anorexia, and Rachel – Breast augmentation, Twins, 20 years old
Saraya, 20 years – Full body liposuction and lip fillers
[via Feature Shoot, images via Michelle Sank]