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Massachusetts teen selfies featured at Sundance Film Festival

Posted by Kristi Palma  January 24, 2014 03:03 PM

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Teenagers and selfies go hand in hand.

But when a group of Massachusetts teenage girls and their moms were asked to take selfies that focus on the parts of their bodies they dislike the most, they learned a lesson in how social media can redefine beauty.

It's all captured in the Dove seven-minute documentary "Selfie," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The short film features Massachusetts teens who attend Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington.

Professional photographer Michael Crook worked with the students.

"I'm going to ask you to take a risk that could change the way people define beauty," Crook told the students.

The teens and moms talk about their insecurities on camera. What are they? Things like big hair, rosy cheeks, braces, and glasses for the girls. And the moms said wrinkles, body-issues, aging, and eyebrows. Then they took their selfies.

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The selfies were featured in a photo exhibit. At the exhibit, visitors critiqued the photos by sticking Post-It notes on them. They posted things like "confident smile," "strong arms," and "lovely hair." The girls talk about their revelations upon completion of the project.

"Selfie" marks the 10th anniversary of Dove's "Campaign for Real Beauty."

Watch the film in its entirety below.

What would your selfie be like for this project? Share your selfie with us!

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