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can you cut off the pain?

can you cut off the pain?

The submitted image is illustrating the consequences of the pressure our today`s society is putting on women to fulfill a certain standard of beauty. My Master thesis is dealing with the negativ aspects of fashion industry that are usually hidden under its glamorous surface. The illustrated woman is cutting herself to drown her mental pain. The omniscient eye symbolises the disclosure of her pain. In this illustration the combination of modern trends in fashion pattern and the sociocritical image content adds a certain irony. Nowadays the suffering of individuals often will be ignored for unhealthy beauty standards or profitls and the fashion industry is a perfect example for the abuse of power and the disregard of human rights.