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She Is in High School

The project "She Is In High School" reveals the discrepancy
between the image of fashion models we see in magazines and
their actual place in life. The girls participated in the project are
all professional models and are only 15-17 years old. The goal
of the project is to make a social commentary on the fact that
there are very young models working in fashion and advertising
industry, that are being seeing as adults by the viewer.
Misleading the viewer and sometimes setting unrealistic
standards, they are being misled themselves.

Russian-born Kristina Varaksina has resided in the USA since 2010 and currently lives and works between London and New York.

Varaksina’s focus is to capture human emotion and the psychological impressions of her subjects' mind – permitting the characters to project their internal reality. Works undertaken are keen to explore a female perspective, connections between women’s psyche and external world.

Awards Portrait of Britain Winner 2020
Lens Culture Critics Choice 2020 Winner
BJP Portrait of Humanity 2020 Shortlist
AOP Open Awards 2020 Silver
IPA 2020 Honorable mention
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2020. Portraiture: Personality, Bronze

Communications Arts Photography Annual 2018
Int’l Photography Awards 2018 – Honorable Mention in Fine Art Portrait category
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2018. Professional Portraiture: Children, Bronze
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2017. Professional Portraiture: Children, Silver. Professional Portraiture: Other, Gold
Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Annual 2017
Communications Arts Photography Annual 2017
Int’l Photography Awards 2016 – Honorable Mention in Portrait, Fashion and Children categories
PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2015 – 1st Place Advertising
Int’l Photography Awards 2015 – 1st Place in Beauty Category
Int’l Photography Awards 2015 – 2nd Place in Children Category
APA SF Something Personal 2014 1st Place
Communications Arts Best Creatives Annual ’55
Digital Photo Pro’s 2013 The Face 1st Place
PDN Faces Contest, 1st Place in Personal category
APA National Award 2013 1st Place Student work
APA 2013 EP Education Grant Award Winner
Digital Photo Magazine the 6th Annual Your Best Shot photo contest winner
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2012 – Best in Show single image
Academy of Art University Spring Show 2013 – Best in Show Portfolio, 1st Place single image
CMYK Magazine – 100 Best Young Creatives of 2012
Vogue.it BEST OF – 10 times/ 10 images