Friday Fry Up: June Canedo


The diverse and inclusive perspectives found in June Canedo’s celebrated book “Brazilian Girls” (2014) stem from her adolescent rejection of the trope of the ideal Brazilian woman. Her family’s eventual transition from Brazil to South Carolina influenced her practice by exposing her to extremes and the racist underbelly of American culture. Canedo, now in her twenties and well-traveled, has a practice that mirrors her search for identity and self-acceptance.

She continues to dismantle stereotypes by employing fashion photography, portraying women in a distinctively honest and freeing manner. The models in her photographs exude multi-dimensional sexualities. Her exalted subjects, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or “otherness,” all become perfectly equal in her work.

Canedo’s work has been published in “T Magazine,” “Dazed & Confused Magazine,” “Girls on Film,” “Tabula Rasa Magazine,” “The New York Times,” “It’s Nice That,” “Self Publish Be Happy,” “The Thousands,” “Paper Journal,” and “Dis Magazine.” She has been included in several exhibitions in New York, Melbourne, and Budapest. For more of June’s work had to her website.

Ashley McNelis