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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]
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