The inspiration for this image came from watching a YouTube video posted on facebook. The video is of Siahj ‘Cici’ Chase, a four year old girl from Nassau, Bahamas. In the video (filmed by her mum Sonya), Cici is telling her about something that happened at school. She starts off with a big smile, then her face drops as she tells her mum how a boy had called her “ugly”. The sadness in her eyes is heartbreaking. Within seconds her face lights up again as she tells her mum what she said to the boy. “I said ‘I didn’t come to make a fashion statement, I came here to learn, not look pretty.”
After the video went viral, Sonya said in an interview “I want Cici to know that beauty is only skin deep and it’s what’s on the inside that matters most,” she said. “I tell her every single day, ‘You’re the most beautiful little girl, but beauty doesn’t last. Brains and good manners will take you around the world.’ And I have her look at herself in the mirror and repeat it … like an affirmation.”
The quote by Siahj juxtaposes the background image, taken backstage at a fashion show.
You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojIHSbVDR00