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Nine

In Brazil, the average age that a girl will be sexually harassed for the first time is 9 years old. For this project, I photographed Brazilian girls, ages 9-11. Loving, smart, sweet and vulnerable. I look at them, and I know that are entering the age, or have already, that they will begin to see that their bodies do not entirely belong to them. They will begin to understand their value based in whether other people find them beautiful or desirable. They will live in a world that, very frequently, will prefer to judge them rather than really see them.