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Beauty Contest is inspired by a 1950s black and white photograph from Vicky Hodgson's family album. The original image was an entry for the Sunday Dispatch Beautiful Child Contest and in this image Hodgson posed as the epitome of femininity in her velvet dress with a lace collar. In these appropriated self-portraits her performance disrupts the notion of a beautiful child and the sexist stereotype of 'a nice little girl'. Beauty Contest is exhibited in Headstrong at the Centre for British Photography, London in 2023.
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