Dissembling - Beauty Pageant

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Second in my new series called Dissembling

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dis·sem·ble (d-smbl)
v. dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling, dis·sem·bles
1. To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance. See Synonyms at disguise.
2. To make a false show of; feign.
To disguise or conceal one’s real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.

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The series is about the different guises and masks we wear.

This particular image is about the efforts we make and the pains we are prepared to take to be beautiful and to adhere to the beauty standards and trends of our time. From designer eyes (coloured contact lenses) to makeup to surgery to turning ourselves into animals or vampires (and so on) there are many ways to hide ourselves until we cannot tell where the mask ends and we end. The saddest thing of all is that we seem to forget that outer beauty is nothing without inner beauty. However, any inner beauty we possess is often overshadowed by the pursuit of outer beauty.

I am not saying that a little makeup is evil or that you shouldn’t look after yourself and make the best of your assets, however, in recent years the concerns with our ‘outer’ shell seems to have taken over any concerns we have with our inner selves, the content as it were. From trying to be size 0 to wearing the latest fashion to cosmetic surgery we seem to have forgotten who we are and where we come from.


Others in series


Portrait by Blair-W

NF Texture Set by Shadowhouse
6 Faves Texture Sets 1 by Shadowhouse
Bokeh Set 2 by Shadowhouse
Another Mixed Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Rich Tones Texture Set by Shadowhouse

Perfect Portrait 3 Action by TheCoffeeshopBlog

Eyelashes Photoshop Brushes by redheadstock
Stitches and Sutures Brushes by redheadstock

All others images/textures/brushes my own

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