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Mirror Mirror: Beauty, Body Image and the Self

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

Our panellists will 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 our panellists – 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 may include discussion of eating disorders and mental illness.

Hill of Content will be our bookseller for this event.

Featuring

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’... Read more

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 b... Read more

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 pub... Read more

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 wom... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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