GIRL WONDER: PETRA COLLINS
Once again, we wonder what these pregnant moms were drinking in the 90s. The young talent pool is filled, and we are jealous – okay, not exactly jealous, more like intrigued
At the age of 20, Petra Collins has a list of titles: Curator, artist, photographer, muse, model, creative director, etc, etc. Her work has been featured in Vice, Rookie, i-D, Bullet, Vogue Italia, and the list goes on.
She is part dreamy and part controversy. Inspired by the age-old idea that young female sexuality should be kept hidden, she uses her photos to bring the conversation to the forefront. Using nostalgia and scantily clad females she plays with the male gaze phenomenon, ultimately turning the idea on its head. Her work is the epitome of the female gaze. The subjects are empowered with only a hint of natural vulnerability, as they go through everyday life – not always doing what you want them to do. Sex, menses, high school, feminism and badass babes are words only attempting to sum up the perfection that is Petra Collins and her art.