The Teenage Girl's Bedroom



The first installation of Things' Teenage Girl Series explores the rooms of teen girls all over the USA.  It takes the things like the seemingly trivial boy band posters and analyzes the importance of it to a teenage girl. In this series teenage girls from the United States talk about the importance of their bedroom. This post is a short essay to accompany my portion of the video:

When I was younger, I remember hearing that "someone's bedroom showed who they really are as a person" and as I search bedroom quotes in an attempt to find the origin of that saying, I remember how not too long ago my ideas for a bedroom didn't really represent me, but more represented how I wanted people (adults specifically) to view me. When I was thirteen, up until six or seven months ago, my goal in life was to renovate my room. I had abandoned my 'shabby chic' phase (while fostering a hatred for the word chic) and attempted to convert my room into a black and white minimalists' paradise. As nice as minimalist interior design is, that wasn't 'who I really was' as a thirteen or fourteen year old. It was, however, an exact representation of who I wanted to be seen as.
Around that time, I had started taking my photoraphic work seriously and VERY QUICKLY I realized that teenagers don't normally have a space in the 'grown up' world of photography. So everything I did was to make myself seem legitimate in the eyes of adults. And to top it off, males dominated the fashion photography industry - so I banned myself from any stereotypically "girly" things. For example I wanted to trade my floral sheets for boring plain ones. I refused to ever succumb to the Bieber craze or even look at a boy band - much like Louise is in Bob's Burgers when she has her first crush on a boy band member although she is this supposedly tough "tom-boy" figure that would never like a boy band - and so through this I assumed not acting stereotypically my age and gender (being a girl  is MUCH different than being a teenage girl) would make me more legitimate in the eyes of those who ruled the industry I wanted a career in: Older (White) Men. OWM own the the fashion photography industry and that eventually turned into me shaping my life to fit a mold that I hoped would be acceptable to them. 
It wasn't until I started getting into artists like Mayan Toledano and Julia Baylis - who are both awesome at teen-feminine and dreamy set design - that I realized having an adult-ish looking bedroom isn't what makes me a legitimate artist or person. Heavily inspired by Mayan's set design (and article) I decided to design a more dreamy and pink space that represented me - hence the above video. Whenever I lay in my floral sheets or gaze at my wall of printed out pictures of Marina and the Diamonds adorned with pink light up roses,  I finally exist in a space where my ideas are valid, where I can indulge in being a teenage girl; I can exist in a space that is for me and only for me. 

In the words of Mayan my bedroom "helps me create my own world"


Visuals: Penny Mack and Sienna Kwami
Text: Sienna Kwami
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