Women are expected to fit in a box. To act the right way as a girlfriend, a mother, a wife, a co-worker, a boss. They alter their personalities to make others comfortable. They change their behavior to fit how society wants them to be. ‘Ladylike’ explores how women consciously edit their behavior for men and other women, especially with food. They want people to view them a certain way, over thinking what they eat and how they eat depending on the setting and atmosphere.
Media tends to show women eating daintily and small, usually a salad. Men eat steaks, dripping burgers and beer. Or on the flip side, TV and movies show women eating like pigs, shoveling food into their mouths. Usually these characters are messy, unkempt.
With ‘Ladylike’ I wanted to show that women don’t have to comprise themselves. They eat the way they want, what they want, when they want it. Without limitations.