Lorena

Lensed by Gaia Bonanomi

“Hello, I’m Lorena, I’ve recently turned 30 and I’m from Bari. I have a degree in literature and  my passion are dogs.When I was 9 I was diagnosed with a tumour to my eye. Just imagine what a trauma that was for a kid. I was always a cheerful, smiling girl full of beans. I remember that around the time of my first communion I had decided to let my hair grow very long: well, day after day, chemotherapy took it all away until I became bold. I remember feeling helpless, wanting to be out enjoying life, which for a 9 year old kid simply means going to school, doing sports, having fun and playing while I had to undergo therapy, blood samples, check-ups even if you don’t want because that’s for your own good. I underwent several cosmetic surgery treatments but none of them worked as radiotherapy had burnt the receiving tissues. That’s why I had to resort to wearing an eye patch.And that’s also the reason why I’d love pharmaceutical companies to produce colourful and fun hypoallergenic patches also for grown-ups, perhaps something with trendy prints and patterns to change and match to the outfit you are wearing. To me being a woman means not being afraid of knowing yourself, including your strengths and weaknesses, but rather having the courage to look inside. Always.”

FANTAGIRL I AM THE WOMAN I AM is a project by Fantabody in collaboration with Vogue Italia.

The photographic project made in collaboration with Giustina Guerrieri, a young communication specialist who had always an interest in voicing real stories whilst exploring the boundaries of femininity.

An ode to the female body, regardless of its shape and skin colour. A research that promotes diversity as a starting point for addressing topics such as disability or immigration, which are approached with an inclusive, curious and prejudice-free attitude. Portrayed in her seductive uniqueness, every photographed subject has the opportunity to tell her story and reveal her nature with pride. An all-female collaboration where the protagonists are shot by selected female photographers and interviewed in the form of an intimate exchange of anecdotes and experiences.

The project is published monthly on vogue.it.

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