Viral: Drawings that redefine female conventions

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2014 01:00 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2014 02:02 AM

MANILA – A Brazilian illustrator has been creating drawings to remind women that they are free to be whoever they want to be.

Carol Rossetti has been getting a lot of attention on social media, blogs and online magazines for her powerful illustrations of multicultural women bucking cultural and social conventions.

Her empowering images, which touch upon issues such as racism, body image and sexism, are based on the experiences of Rossetti’s friends and relatives as well as stories that women have shared on the Internet.

One of the illustrations read: “Marina loves her striped dress, but the fashion magazines said horizontal stripes didn’t fit her body shape. Don’t you care about those magazines, Marina. The important thing is for you to wear what you like and to feel comfortable with your own body.”

In an interview with Mic.com, Rossetti said she has always been “bothered” by the way “the world 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,” she said.

Rossetti’s illustrations were originally in Portuguese, but the overwhelming response to her artwork prompted her to come out with English versions.

She has also done drawings with Hebrew, Spanish and Italian descriptions, which are all available on her Facebook page.

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

Here are some of her most popular drawings, which continue to make the rounds online:

Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti
Illustration by Carol Rossetti