Mǎlì-lián Monroe

Photo series by Maegan Houang featuring Lisa Maley
Hair & Make-up by Kelly Park
Styling by Maegan Houang

Featured in I Weigh

Artist Statement
Mǎlì-lián Monroe reconceptualizes iconic white American women as an Asian-American woman wearing traditional Chinese Opera makeup. This photo series explores the masks and costumes Asian-American women wear to balance our own ethnic identities with Eurocentric beauty standards. The photographs oscillate between beautiful and grotesque; honest and theatrical; eye-opening, yet bewildering. As a biracial Asian-American woman, I like many, constantly ponder the in-between.