Empowering illustrations by Carol Rossetti

“It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities. It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be. I see those situations I portray every day, I lived some of them myself.”

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colourful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, it was meant to be a personal journey and she had no idea that they would become so popular globally. It comes as no surprise to us as these images cover a range of stereotypes that women from all over the world often have to deal with. [pullquote]Be it body image, ageism, racism or sexism, her illustrations are bold affirmations that say we do not have to put up with it.[/pullquote]Be it body image, ageism, racism or sexism, her illustrations are bold affirmations that say we do not have to put up with it.

The project was originally in Portuguese before it was translated to English. Now people from all over the world including some feminist groups are working with Rossetti to translate the illustrations into other languages.

“I can’t change the world by myself,” Rossetti said. “But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another.”

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Culled from mic.com

You can view more of Carol Rossetti’s illustrations in English here.

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