Subjects of Desire
Subjects of Desire explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards through the contestants competing at the Miss Black America Pageant.
Discussing society’s new fixation on the ‘booty’, fuller lips, the dramatic rise of spray-tanned skin, ethnic hairstyles, and athletic bodies, Subjects of Desire shows the shift towards embracing Black female aesthetics while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. Told from the point of view of women who aren’t afraid to challenge conventional beauty standards, the film is partially set at the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Black America Pageant, a beauty pageant created as a political protest.
Directed, written, and produced by Jennifer Holness.
1 hr. 43mins. | Canada | 2021