Chinese photographer Luo Yang has made BBC’s 100 Women list for 2018 along with entrepreneur Jing Zhao and Hong Kong popstar G.E.M. (Get Everybody Moving).
The list aims to spotlight 100 influential and inspirational women from around the world. BBC regularly chooses trailblazing, passionate voices to be a part of their lineup. The list is ordered alphabetically and does not include any specific ranking.
Particular reference was made to Luo Yang's photographic series, Girls, which focuses on the photographer's friends, and has received much acclaim for spotlighting the shifting ideas of femininity at play in a modernizing China.
In a profile by Dazed Magazine published in August of this year, Luo discussed her pictures, saying “these images are very private photos of those girls, but it’s also a window for them to share their own small worlds.” Elsewhere, on her official website she describes her work, writing “GIRLS are bad-assed and self-aware, yet insecure, vulnerable and torn, with a supreme sense of cool.”
Luo was born in 1984 in Shenyang, Liaoning and started shooting pictures of her friends in 2008 as a means to fend off loneliness, according to Dazed.
She has exhibited her works both at home and overseas. In 2013, her photos were featured as part of Ai Weiwei’s Fuck Off 2 exhibition in the Netherlands.
Images via luoyangphoto/Instagram
Pop singer G.E.M also made the global list. The Shanghai-born megastar made headlines for her judging role on Rap of China this year, as well as for being the inspiration behind Jewel, one of Stan Lee's final comic book characters. Her selection, however, was made based on her charitable work with BBC saying "G.E.M. is a top-selling female musician who uses her influence to support charities and organizations dedicated to music, education and poverty."
Elsewhere, entrepreneur Jing Zhao, who runs a network in China which helps women to discuss their sexual desires, was also listed among the top 100 Women. You can view the full list here.
[Cover image via luoyangphoto/Instagram]