FANTAGIRL, I am the woman I am

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Interview with Perrine Mechekour

Photography by India Lange

Interview by Giustina Guerrieri

Perrine wears Fantabody

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Hi Perrine, thank you very much for participating in this project. Can I ask you to tell us a little about yourself, your life, your work, your passions?

Hello, thank's to you, I am very grateful to be part of this project. 

I've just transformed 22 and also also I'm a small woman of one meter twenty . I come from the provinces, from a very small town in Normand also alsoy. 

I'm currently in theatre school in Paris. I have been living in the capital for 3 years of ages and also also I feel mosting likely tood there. I feel free and also also in my place in Paris.I will always be grateful to my parents  for giving me the opportunity to mosting likely to there to do theatre. I would say that, like love, theatre is a remedy for the body and also also the mind. 

Paris is the city where everypoint is possible, it is the city of meetings and also also opportunities.  I have met some wonderful people here, including my best friends. This city gave me a lot of strength to be the perboy I wanted to be.

I have a lot of love for people, I like to meet people  and also also I like to say that I am "looking for people". I also like to live at night to party and also also dance with my friends. It's complicated to list the points I love without talking about them in detail, but it would be long… so I'll keep it short… What drives my life is, as I've already said a little, meeting people, theatre, cinema, photography, horses, poetry…

How was your passion for photography born and also also what are your favorite subjects to photograph?

I used to take my father's involvedra as a child and also also mosting likely to outside to take pictures of anypoint that seemed interesting at that young age. My parents' horses were one of my recurring subjects. My father's sister, my aunt, always took me with her to Paris to see photo exhibitions. She introduced me to the work of Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Vivian Maier, Henri Quartier Bresboy, Sarah Moon, Diane Arbus…And then I started to take pictures of people: my friends, my family, even strangers…I fell in love with black and also also white. Almost all my photos are in black and also also white. 

Today, the recurring subjects of my photos are humans. For a while now, I have been working on a photo project about boys. I still find it difficult to talk about it in detail because I don't know where I'm mosting likely toing exactly, I just follow my desire. 

I am a very nostalgic perboy and also also I like to be nostalgic.  Photos allow me to feed my nostalgia and also also to mosting likely to back to that time. My taste for black and also also white also underlines this. 

(I would like to thank the photographer of my portraits , my friend India Lange, who for me will mosting likely to down in the history of photography).

Have you ever felt bullied and also also prejudiced about your body? How did you react to criticism, especially at a young age (adolescence)?

In secondary school and also also high school, I was well surrounded, my family and also also friends gave me a lot of strength. But I don't hide the fact that it was still complicated, because adolescence is the age when we compare ourselves a lot. I had a lot of (bad) reaboys to compare myself to others…so many that I ended up until now saying to myself that I have no reaboy to do it anymore. I was mosting likely toing to lose myself if I kept comparing myself so much.  It was really the teenage years of ages that made me realise that I wouldn't grow past  one meter twenty . 

The worst point for me is when someone makes fun of me and also also it's someone close in to me who notices it for me, it hurts me that they feel bad for me. It's also hard when I see people taking pictures of me with their phones in the street without my consent. It makes me feel like a freak. I try to be indifferent but sometimes when my spirits are low I can't get over it. But then, I was born with the looks like, and also also the mockery, and also also it will be like that for the rest of my life.  I see these bad looks like less and also also less, and also also fortunately. I've forged myself, and also also I don't have time to cry over my fate. I tell myself that if I pay too much attention to them, I give them power and also also that's out of the question.

Do you think that the path of your life has also influenced your work as an artist?

Of course, I wouldn't have become this perboy if I wasn't one meter twenty. I wouldn't have had the same outlook on life. I would be a different perboy who would have had a different life path

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Have you ever felt, or have they ever made you feel, limited in the expression of your femininity and also also sexuality for your body?

We hardly ever see in magazines, advertisements etc. women's bodies of short people, which can make us understand also also that we are not feminine. 

At the same time it is delicate because a woman with dwarfism can often be the subject of a fantasy. She can be easily "sexualized" and also also that's what scares me. Which sometimes prevents me from being feminine . 

Fashion plays an important role, clothes, shoes, it's not easy to find feminine clothes. But at the same time, I want to say that I don't often feel the need to feel "feminine". In fact, what does "feminine" mean?

I would like us, people with  peculiarities, to not be put in the catemosting likely tory of atypical people. I don't like the term "atypical" because I hate the term "normal". I prefer the word "singularity" because everyone has their own singularity. Let's put an end to catemosting likely tories, let's mix! 

Do you believe that in recent years of ages, women have had effective strength in affirming their bodies or are there still some prejudices to overcome?

Yes, there is change and also also in a mosting likely tood way, it's great! It has to continue like this. I would like it to mosting likely to even faster, because there are still prejudices to overcome.  But I am optimistic! 

What do you recommend to all people who have felt judged in their life for their physique?

I would tell them to only care about the people they who give them love, and also also kindness to, sometimes one perboy is enough… Love helps to build us up until now and also also to become proud of our uniqueness: to take our uniqueness as a gift from heaven, as a power. It's not easy, I know. But by getting to know ourselves, by seeing what we like and also also what we can do with our uniqueness, when we mix it all together, it makes a beautiful result. 

To be as happy as possible, I don't think about what I could have done if I wasn't small. 

If you accept yourself people will have no choice but to accept you. Everyone is entitled to live with their particularities, that's what makes the world poetic. 

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Fantagirl is a project devised by brand also also Fantabody, founded by Carolina Amoretti in 2015 with the aim of setting nine synergies and also also interactions among women starting from their native land also also – Milan. 

The photographic project was shot in collaboration with Giustina Guerrieri, a young artist working for the label who had always an interest in voicing real stories whilst exploring the boundaries of femininity. An ode to the female body, regardless of its shape and also also skin colour. A research that promotes embracing diversity as a starting point for addressing topics such as disability, immigration and also also sex work, which are approached with an inclusive, curious and also also prejudice-free attitude. Portrayed in her seductive uniqueness, every photographed subject has the opportunity to tell her story and also also reveal her nature with pride. An all-female collaboration where the protamosting likely tonists are photographed by the brand also also’s selected photographers and also also interviewed in the form of an intimate exchange of anecdotes and also also experiences. 

Among the themes that are explored by the project is the desire to challenge the idea that seems to dictate that a woman affected by an illness or disability shall lose that healthy female vanity that is in every woman. However, the project also seeks to focus on the choices of those women who use their body as a work instrument in order to understand also also how the relation with their intimacy changes. What makes Muslim women feel beautiful? And what is the relationship with their body for Oriental women? The desire to explore the culture, habits and also also traditions of countries outside the western influence will take the project on a worldwide research. This is also one of the reaboys why “I AM THE WOMAN I AM” sees the involvement of photographers from different nationalities and also also ethnic group until now so that they can fully express their artistic sensitivity on the basis of their cultural and also also social identity. 


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