‘Army of Girls’ is a reportage on the world of majorettes in Italy and the free-spirited side of contemporary, small-town Italian folklore.
In the Italian provincia, where life still obeys old social norms, a generation of women in sparkling costumes are pushing the boundaries between traditional values and contemporary feminism, making space to explore and discover what it means to be a girl.
“You are either the princess who waits to be rescued, or the warrior queen who saves herself” writes Teresa on her Facebook page, under a selfie in sparkling majorette uniform. Many of her teammates and friends have liked, commented, and shared the picture.
Defying social conventions, this generation of small-town girls are discovering a new found strength through dancing, sisterhood and a liberated approach to fashion and beauty standards. Majorettes have diverse body shapes and sizes. They wear eccentric military-inspired shining outfits. They feel powerful and they feel beautiful.
The project has been selected as the winner of the FotoRoom Visual Storytelling grant in the Series category and the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Anzenberger Masterclass 2017/18 in Vienna.
Hey Miss Tambourine! - D di Repubblica (Italy) September 2018
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