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Mirror Mirror: Beauty, Body Image and the Self

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Photograph of Bri Lee, Nikki Stamp, Abbey Mag and Frances Cannon

Bri Lee, Nikki Stamp, Abbey Mag and Frances Cannon at the Wheeler Centre

Bri Lee's Beauty is a deeply personal treatise on body image, discipline and perfectionism. For this discussion, hosted by Lee herself, our panellists take the essay as a jumping-off point for a broader conversation about beauty standards in the 21st Century.

Together, they consider the beauty lies we tell ourselves and each other, and explore the impossible standards amplified through social media. What impact is our obsession with beauty and wellness having on our physical and mental health? When wielded by major multinational brands, do ideas of beauty diversity, inclusion and body positivity signify progress or ploy? Can they be both?

Join artist and ‘Self Love Club’ founder Frances Cannon, plus-size model and advocate Abbey Mag and doctor and author Nikki Stamp as they discuss reasons for caution and celebration in a time of changing beauty ideals.

A warning: this event includes some discussion of eating disorders and mental illness.


Portrait of Bri Lee

Bri Lee

Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer. Her journalism has appeared in publications such as The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia and Crikey. Her first book, Eggshell Skull, won Biography of the Year at the ABIA Awards, the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. She is also a non-practicing lawyer and continues to engage in legal research and issues-based advocacy.

Portrait of Frances Cannon

Frances Cannon

Frances Cannon is a queer, multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Narrm. She works predominantly in drawing and painting in ink, gouache and watercolour. Frances is well-known for her simple yet nuanced style of black and white illustration. Frances' work examines ideas of body-love and body-loathing, anxiety, relationships, sex and sexuality, gender, and bodily functions. Her work can be viewed as diaristic as it is based on personal experience.


Portrait of Abbey Mag

Abbey Mag

Abbey Mag is a proud Dinka Bor woman of Junub Sudan, now formally known as South Sudan. A current Public Relations student, curator and social influencer, Abbeyʼs interests lay in the use of social media and how it can be utilised as means of telling stories and changing narratives. Sheʼs been published and featured in various magazines including Archer magazine, Teen Vogue and Bustle.

Portrait of Nikki Stamp

Nikki Stamp

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, specialising in cardiothoracic surgery. Nikki works as a cardiac surgeon and has a special interest in heart disease in women and transplantation. She also has a strong desire to change the way we think about health and is committed to raising awareness of women’s heart disease, currently the number one killer of Australian women.

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