Never Perfect

Are beauty ideals influenced by race, history and geopolitics?

In 2006, there were 11 million cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States which constituted an $11.4 billion industry. As popular media moves towards a generic and idealized notion of beauty in our obsession with the cult of the celebrity, women all over the world battle the myriad influences affecting their body image and self-perceptions in the race to achieve “perfection.”

NEVER PERFECT explores the complex journey of a young Vietnamese-American woman’s struggle with popular perceptions of beauty and body image as she fights the stigma of racial self-hatred in her decision to undergo cosmetic surgery.

Race and identity. Sexuality and power. History and culture. NEVER PERFECT unwraps and challenges the complexities of living as a woman in today’s global society.

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