Within Lauren Greenfield’s new photo book Girl Culture, the artist and documentary photographer/filmmaker showcases the celebration of American girlhood at the turn of the 21st century, talking cheerleaders’, strippers’ and models’ desires of being thinner, taller, and their never-ending yearning for popularity. The book reveals a 5-year-period, capturing the girl’s dreams, anxieties, and insecurity about body image and status in society.

Greenfield explores certain consequences of the rules that media and peer groups construct around perfection regarding how girls should dress, behave, and look. She used her own high school experiences as a source of inspiration and as a way to disclose different clichés, influenced by the grade of popularity. Capturing how this period still affects today’s girl culture, Lauren Greenfield provides us with an interesting view on how the heroin-chic trend has influenced youth then and how it still resonates today.

Take a sneak peak at some of her images below and get the photo book, published by Chronicle Books here!

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