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Denise Prince Photography

Fatuma wears a maillot by the fashion house Missoni

“You’re rejecting part of who you are and I’m not that way.”

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department





Captivating Not Captive uses the language of fashion photography to exalt those whose physical appearance does not align with the contemporary white Western standards. This ongoing work represents a decade of carefully cultivated relationships with survivors of physical trauma, people born with conditions and others who have found their own beauty and includes self-asserting quotes from the subjects, photographs, video and performance art. Their aim, as one model put it, is to “Change the way people see beauty.”


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