This piece was for a challenging article titled “The Fetish of Staring at Iran’s Women.” The author is an Iranian woman who cautions against using the bodies of Iran’s women as a yard stick for the state of the country. Throughout news media, images of women fully covered, in a simple head scarf, or dressed similarly to their Western peers are used as a symbol of the country and a symbol of the freedom of its people.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Kien Tseng of Yippa to create paper doll illustrations for MomsRising.org, an organization that advocates for early childhood education. The brief was to create a paper doll figure that could be used as a boy or a girl (the ponytail can be removed) with a variety of skin tones and 4 outfits to go over the doll (policeman, graduate, fireman, and astronaut). Below you can see a variation.
Kien was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with him on future projects. Below you can see larger versions of the figure and the outfits.