Change the model! – Patrícia Soley-Beltran
A fashion model becoming an academic scholar might seem a peculiar move, but only if you look at women from a particular point of view.
Former model, actress and TV presenter, Soley-Beltran challenges dominant views. She holds a PhD in Sociology of Gender by the University of Edinburgh, and an MA in Cultural History by the University of Aberdeen. As an Independent Scholar, she has published extensively on the Sociology of the body, gender identity, sexuality, fashion, beauty and cultural values. She is the author of two academic books, as well as numerous academic and popularising papers. She has recently won the 43th Anagrama Essay Prize for her book Divine! Models, power and lies, a daring academic, personal and political study that researches fashion models from a interdisciplinary perspective not lacking sense of humour. The book will be on sale in Spanish mid-May.
Soley-Beltran is committed to education, reflection and humour as powerful tools for social transformation. Blending the personal with the political and the academic, as lecturer and speaker she defies what we take for granted. Her aim is to unveil the meanings hidden in our daily ways of seeing, thinking and feeling. She is an innovative and dynamic re-visioner of histories and herstories, seeking to enhance visual literacy and to innovate outlooks.