Dream Life, is a series of photographic work based on the contemporary Chinese phenomenon known as social media celebrity (SMC). In order to achieve an identical trendy “perfect” appearance, numerous young women undergo cosmetic surgery, apply on bold makeup, and use heavy Photoshop on their social media photos. I aim to criticize this practice and question how this distorted aesthetic standard for females is developed. By reconstructing the elements that the SMCs are showing, I want to show the absurdity of this “dream life”.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Photography, Artistic; Social media--China--Criticism and interpretation; Adobe Photoshop; Surgery, Plastic
Photography and Related Media (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CAD)
Tsai, Menghan, "Dream Life" (2019). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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