I Traded My Image for Money, Now I Want It Back
The largest archive of footage of myself, ages twenty-three to thirty-years-old, never belonged to me but is owned by brands.
KATIY HEATH is an essayist from Saint Joseph, Missouri. Her obsessions include women who bathe, women who work, and women who witness. She currently is writing a memoir about her experience moderating focus groups for skincare companies. Read more from her at CHEAP POP, Pigeon Pages, and XRAY Lit.
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