Brazilian Street Girls- Meninas de rua do Brasil

Shop windows are their mirrors. Photographs are rare, and proofs of identity are virtually non-existent. In a country obsessed with the body and beauty, they have to dress in boyish clothes to hide themselves. Contradictorily they are modest yet proud of their flowering bodies.

I brought to the girls mirrors and the clothes I had played with as a teenager, including my mother’s wedding dress. They dressed up as they might have done with their mothers’ clothes – had they had mothers. I dressed up with them. In shelters or on the streets, playing and performing, we shared moments of intimacy and trust. We explored femininity in a way they could not do while living rough.


Project Winner of the Ian Parry Award-UK
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