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Elegant and Eerie Portraits of Girls with Their American Girl Dolls by Ilona Szwarc

By Sunny Chanel |

It is hard not to be mesmerized by the photographs of Ilona Szwarc. The Polish born photographer – who now lives in New York City – captures images of girls and young women with their beloved American Girl dolls. And the results are both elegant and eerie. “When I first came to the US the phenomenon of the American Girl doll immediately caught my eye,” Szwarc says. “Photographically it was a beautiful image — girls with their sculptural representatives, their twins, their avatars.” In her series, it’s not just about a beautiful images, it goes deeper than that. Szwarc examines, “how culture and society conditions gender and how it invents childhood. Gender becomes a performance that is mirrored in the performance of my subjects for the camera.”

Check out some of her stunning work in her American Girl Series right here:

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Ilona Szwarc's Amazing Photos of Girls and Their American Girl Dolls

Rylan, Long Island, NY

Rylan takes a rest on a bed with her doll in a matching outfit. A stunning image.

Photo Source: With Permission from Ilona Szwarc

See more of her series and work right here.


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Since 2007 Sunny Chanel has written thousands of pieces for Babble. She currently writes for Babble's celebrity, moms, and Disney voices sections and has her own blog aptly named Sunny Chanel. You can find Sunny on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon. Read bio and latest posts → Read Sunny's latest posts →

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