Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Donald Trump on women: literally

Art meets politics meets college assignment.

Aria Watson is an 18-year-old college student at Clatsop Community College in Oregon. Her birthday came after November 9, so she was ineligible to vote. But the election captured her imagination and interest.

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

 

I’m in that stage of trying to figure out who I am. So far all I really know is that I am a feminist.

For her introduction to photography final project, she proposed taking photos of Trump quotes written on women’s bodies. Her professor thought it was a cool project but that it would be past its prime, so to speak, a month after the election. Because he assumed Clinton would win.

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

 

She wanted to do more to change minds (and hearts) than get into another argument on Facebook. So she went ahead with the project, #SignedByTrump, never imagining it would be so relevant or touch so many people.

 

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

 

Watson reports in her YouTube monologue that she posted the photos to Facebook and Instagram, only to have them taken down for community standards violation (nudity) although only one (below) shows breats. After fighting this losing battle more than once, she punted to Tumblr. At this writing, there are more than 106,000 notes.

 

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

 

Watson said the models are friends and family, and one is a self-portrait. In response to complaints about the lack of diversity (one model is Latina), Watson told the HuffPo:

I would have LOVED to have some more women of color, but I live in such a small town and attend such a small college where the majority of people are white.

 

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

If you’re still looking for Christmas presents, consider a postcard collection, especially since 15% of the profits will go to the ACLU. Watson says the donation will be made in Trump’s name.

 

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

 

Watson’s statement on YouTube

 

Three decades of Trump quotes

 

Watson’s photos have been featured on BuzzFeed and HuffPo.

 

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

Aria Watson #SignedByTrump

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