by Julie Wolfson
Full of glamorous young girls wearing sparkly dresses, elaborate hairstyles, and copious makeup, the images in Susan Anderson's book "High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Beauty Pageants" (also the subject of an upcoming gallery show, see below) document the phenomenon. Asking each of pint-sized queens to style their own photo, some of the portraits reveal eerily mature poses and intensely sultry stares. One girl holds a feather boa to match her fuchsia and black costume complete with fishnets, while white ruffles consume another girls who cradles a tiny chihuahua.
Anderson, based in Los Angeles since 2001, has taken portraits of Neko Case, They Might be Giants, Fred Armisen, Laura Knightlinger and Rose McGowan. She also took the photos for the humorous book "Porn for Women."