The Millennials generation is defined in the media’s coverage of young people as carefree, self-assured, gifted and outgoing, the perfect millennial. But photographer Sarah Bahbah challenges this generalization of her generation.
“They’re professionals, they want to do well, they want to succeed,” said Bahbah, 31, “but they have this sense of vulnerability. They struggle to put themselves out there, they have difficulty putting themselves on the shelf. They want this polished presentation of themselves, but they just can’t seem to master this.”
Published in the November issue of NY Mag and in book form by the same name, the book is Bahbah’s first exhibition and aims to shed light on the daily struggles of young women and men in New York City. It comprises photographs taken over the course of a year, documenting struggles of young Americans struggling with the unforeseen financial burdens of adulthood, corporate life, relationships and careers — all coupled with the connection to the Unibrow movement.
The Unibrow movement began in earnest about a year ago, and caught the attention of TV personalities from “Game of Thrones” to “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Millennial culture is enamored with good looks, but not the realities that come with buying them. Bahbah’s images sum this up best: Faced with such highly visible costs to their appearance, young people embrace the Unibrow movement for the solidarity it offers.
“It seems like we were all blinded by the idea of beauty, but all of the sudden the Unibrow project is making a difference for real people,” said Bahbah. “And it connects the millennials we see in the media with the reality of the Unibrow phenomenon.”
“There’s a lot of pain, but that’s exactly why it’s such a great concept,” she said. “If you want to be a part of something that’s positively changing people’s lives, you’ve got to be brave.”
Read the full story at NY Mag.