Girlie Girl

Girlie Girl takes issue with this label being used in a negative way, as if being "girlie" is a bad thing. 

Girlie Girl, 12"x12", oil & acrylic on canvas, 2015. 

When I was in middle school my friends affectionately nick-named me “Girlie Girl.” If anyone else had done so I would have thrown a fit, having been called prissy (a word I despise) and made fun of for my fear of anything from mice to cockroaches (I have older brothers, what can I say?). I took being called "girlie" as an insult from anyone else, but somehow when my girlfriends called me that I didn’t mind. Still, I never really accepted that I was a girlie girl, since I didn’t care about fashion nor wore make-up nor heels; plus I played sports (albeit, starting in 6th grade and reluctantly at first; by senior year of high school, sports had become a lifeline).

Looking back, I kind of wonder, what does a “girlie girl” even mean? It’s kind of like that diminutive accusation that you “throw like a girl.” I’ve decided that I want to take back the phrase and turn it into something positive and strong, refusing to apologize for femininity (ring a bell?). I am a girl, and if I can embrace that fact and use it to my advantage, the rest of the game is downhill coasting. 

In my Flawless series I strive to reshape gender norms by refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.