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Presented By Heidi Russell
|Beauty, "the quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses. It is associated with such
properties as harmony of form truthfulness, and originality."
In today's society we have altered our perception of beauty. Like everything else in our culture,
beauty has become something that can be bought. We buy materials to fix our outside
appearance so that we distract ourselves from what is inside. The natural body has become
taboo and is continuously being shaped into this "ideal form." The meaning of beauty is
constantly being redefined and the truth about who we are is becoming more difficult to discover.
Unzipped is meant to counteract the idea that the body is an endurance. It deals with the
insecurities we face when looking at ourselves in our most natural form. Most of us carry this
invisible zipper, when closed, secures us from a culture that has set specific ideals on our body. It
symbolizes ownership; it is ours, we own it, and we decide whether we want it open or closed. It
is very rare that one will open their zipper and feel safe. My goal is to illustrate beauty in our