Nikki Luna: I don’t support beauty pageants

Carol RH Malasig

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Nikki Luna: I don’t support beauty pageants
The artist talks about her art and advocacy, and why women don't need a pageant to tell them they're beautiful

MANILA, Philippines – Nikki Luna is an artist who sees beauty from a different perspective. It’s not about being white or thin and it certainly isn’t something people should be competing against each other for. 

A feminist and an activist, Luna uses her art to showcase relevant issues that affect women and children in today’s society. (READ: The women of Hacienda Luisita)

Rappler takes a look at Luna’s last exhibit – Man Made Woman – where she tackles the meaning of beauty in third world countries, including how people seem to embrace the woman who wears a sash and a crown for the Philippines as she is objectified on stage and is made to submit to standards set by a patriarchal society. (READ: Beyond Vhong, Deniece: The issue of rape)

Luna also shares her thoughts on art  – what it should be doing for society and how it can be used as a tool to heal those who were once broken.

Reporter: Carol Ramoran
Cameraman and Video Editor: Naoki Mengua 

Shot at Silverlens Gallery


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