Designer Carol Rossetti Illustrates Why Women Shouldn’t Apologize For Who They Are

As women we are constantly be told by the media, and bombarded with messages in advertising that we need to fit into a certain description of what “feminine” looks like, or how “beauty” is defined.

This has been going on for far too long and it has unfortunately bred generations of women who buy into the scandalous and often misleading messages that ultimate beauty and satisfaction comes from spending money on a product or a service. But that couldn’t be more further from the truth.

Thanks to the internet and technology boom, everyday men and women have started “taking back the power” so to speak, allowing their voices to be heard amongst the loud and very expensive corporatist ones. Social media has also been a very powerful tool for ordinary citizens to start movements, create viral conversations, and develop their own online spaces which people flock to in large numbers, thanks to the authenticity of the messages produced from real people.

It’s no wonder big brands are now looking to bloggers and online influencers to flog their products, because everyday people have the reach that a corporation never can.

It’s been a win for women who are also taking back the definition of beauty to mean what they want it to, rather than being dictated to by every damn campaign from every damn product.

One of the women using social media to spread a positive message is Brazilian designer Carol Rossetti who has a public Facebook community page dedicated to her artwork. She created the page without any intent of it becoming a viral sensation, but lo and behold, that is what happened.

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You can see from the types of messages attached to her artwork of various women, that it has certainly struck a chord with the mindset of us who are sick of being told to change to be acceptable. She takes the stories of each drawing from real life stories she has heard from friends and family.

And now there are women offering their own stories for her to draw illustrations to, such as Cassandra who says she was judged for being a young mom, and Lyn, who writes: “I recently went to having short hair and I constantly hear from guys that having short hair as a girl isn’t “attractive” or “normal”. And I think it’s absolutely stupid! I love having short, bright red hair!”

“It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities,” Rossetti told .Mic about the series.

“It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be.”

Her artwork was originally done in Portuguese, but the more popular it became she translated them to English and plans on creating Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian versions thanks to more and more women around the world reaching out to her.

“I can’t change the world by myself, but I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another.”

The topics covered include body image, sexuality, rape, identity, race, and discrimination against age.

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Rebecca Pahle at The Mary Sue blog says Carol’s illustrations will make you laugh, smile and cry.

“This series of illustrations by Carol Rossetti highlight the difficulties faced by women in our society—but they also serve as empowering reminders that will have you pumping your fist in the air.”

The All Voices blog which shared the pictures said women and girls are often held to an unrealistic and often harmful beauty standard.

“Rossetti is on to something here. It is time we fully grasp our power by taking charge of our bodies. Stop letting advertisers, magazines, movies and society at large decide what is beautiful and sexy. What is “right” for us should be determined by us.”

This is why we can’t stress enough about social media being an important platform to share valuable ideas. Sure, the internet is filled with ridiculousness and crap, but there’s no reason why we, as passionate individuals working toward equality for women, can’t use the same space to empower one another, just like Carol! Way to go girl!

Here are some more of our favorites from the ‘Women’ series, you can see the rest by checking out her Facebook page.

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