Masked Girl: A Portrait based on Emily Winfield's Art

Masked Girl: A Portrait based on Emily Winfield's Art - student project

First version:

Me-not me sits for her portrait against a black wall decorated with ivy-green vines and salmon-blush flowers. The flowers match my-not my cheek blooms and also my blouse, buttoned up to a demure Peter Pan collar. I like this name, because I know now that I wanted my own life but didn’t realize what it would be like to actually grow up.   

The brightest spot in this picture are my tiny orange cupid lips, which are about the width of my nose, and stand out against my light brown hair.

The most arresting part of the picture is my black cat-eye mask.

In middle school, the loudest girl at school accosted me the day I had my braces off: There’s Lorri, with her perfect little lips and her perfect little nose and her perfect little mouth.  

That’s not how I saw myself, but I’ve always loved my mask.

 

This is how I see myself as a little girl, this is how I see myself still.

  • based on artwork by Emily Winfield Martin, who does beautiful children’s books.
  • None of my friends or family understand why I like this picture. Sigh.

Revised version:

Me-not me sits for her portrait against a black wall decorated with ivy-green vines and salmon-blush flowers. The flowers match my-not my cheek blooms and blouse, buttoned up to a Peter Pan collar. I like this name, because I know now that I wanted my own life but didn’t realize what it would be like to actually grow up.   

The brightest spot in this picture are my orange cupid lips, about the width of my nose, highlighted against my light brown hair.

The arresting part of the picture is my black cat-eye mask.

In middle school, the loudest girl at school accosted me the day I had my braces off: There’s Lorri, with her perfect little lips and her perfect little nose and her perfect little mouth.  

That’s not how I saw myself, but I’ve always loved my mask.