The Holly Norris ‘American Able’ photographs feature physically disabled model Jes Sachse, posing in a realm in which women with disabilities are more often than not excluded. American Apparel is known for its sexualized advertisements of pretty, skinny, able-bodied women, who are hyped as ‘real’ people. The ads create and recreate images and conceptions of what should be considered desirable.
Canadian photographer Holly Norris is trying to make us aware of how certain groups are rendered invisible in the mainstream pop culture and media environments.
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