Admit it: You’re addicted to rearranging and redecorating your apartment (game recognize game). You’ve already raided the home section at Urban Outfitters for some cute new storage and accessories, and now you’ve decided to personalize your healthily cluttered decor (hygge, anyone?). Of course, you could print some photos for a gallery wall. But why not get a portrait that fills your space with some girl power?
No, we’re not talking about the Spice Girls — we’re talking about your face. A Vancouver artist, Mandy Tsung, was tired of people telling her to smile more, so she decided to celebrate her scowl with the Bitchy Resting Face Project. She asked women to send in a selfie of their normal, relaxed facial expressions, and she turned them into beautiful painted portraits.
“All women know how infuriating it is if someone tells you to smile when your face is simply relaxed,” she wrote when she started the project. “This is the most natural face a woman can make; her most honest expression, and yet it is so unsettling that strangers feel the need to do something to stop it. Perhaps it’s because it makes it hard for them to enjoy her, to objectify her.”
You’re probably pretty familiar with Bitchy Resting Face, or Resting Bitch Face (RBF for short, thanks), and maybe you’ve even been told you have it. If you’ve ever felt self conscious about it, this is the perfect way to reclaim it. The portraits have recently been showcased at a show called “Strong Female Character” at Vancouver’s Hot Art Wet City gallery, and while Mandy has to date received more selfies than she’s able to recreate in paintings, she tells the CBC that she’s happy to keep the dialogue the project inspires going. “I’ve heard from people who say that because of this project, they’ve gotten to talk to their partners and other men in their life about what the project is about, but also gendered social pressures. It’s been good for starting conversations.”
Do you have Bitchy Resting Face? Show us your best natural scowl over @BritandCo.
(h/t CBC, featured photo via Getty)