Student’s Illustrations Noticed by Buzzfeed, Huff Post

March 6th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Illustration senior Colleen Clark’s “We Are All Barbie Girls” illustrations are getting attention from “Buzzfeed” and the “Huffington Post.”

Illustration senior Colleen Clark’s illustrations about body image have propelled her into the spotlight over the past year, and she isn’t slowing down.

The Huffington Post picked up her comics in April and September of last year, and now her series of illustrations depicting Barbie dolls of all shapes and sizes has caught the eye of Buzzfeed, a social news and entertainment website.

In the illustrations, originally published in Marie Claire South Africa last summer, Clark imagines how Barbies might look if they depicted a greater variety of women. The illustrations have also been featured in the Huffington Post, Stylist UK, and Wonderzine, a Russian feminist webzine.

“I was very inspired by the idea that feminism is as simple as accepting others and yourself unconditionally,” Clark told the Huffington Post. “I wanted to make the point that ‘Feminist Barbie’ wouldn’t have just one look, style, or culture to her, because feminism should include everyone.”

Clark said this attention has been the perfect thing to pick her back up after a period of feeling unmotivated and uninspired.

“I had forgotten what it felt like to complete something and get a positive response,” Clark said. “I’m so lucky and thankful to have this burst of motivation!”

Clark is from Gaithersburg, MD, where she attended Colonel Zadok Magruder High School. Check out her blog to see more of her work.

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