What I see in the mirror

Alison Jackson
Sat 10 Nov 2007 18.48 EST

The first mirror I come across is in my bathroom. My face isn't dramatically altered by make-up so I don't feel I need a massive disguise to face the world.

It's always difficult to see yourself as other people do but I'm realistic about my appearance. I wasn't born with one of those pretty, pretty faces so I've never been absorbed with the way I look. I just try to make the most of what I've got.

I've got blond hair, very large eyes and full lips. In an ideal world I'd like longer fingers. I'd rather just do some specific exercises to mould myself into a better shape than go under the knife.

I went through a schoolgirl punk stage in which I dyed my hair green and pink and wore safety pins in my ears - and other places - so I do like to play with my image, but today it tends to be more sombre and serious. I no longer feel the need to draw attention to myself. I tend to wear the same simple style of clothes - variations on black.

I've always been fascinated how we construct our public image, even more so when looking at celebrities. Photography can be a deceitful, superficial medium that leads us into believing something even though we know it's not necessarily true. It lulls us into a false sense of complacency.

We now live in this virtual world of ever expanding media and imagery and we don't know what's real, or what's the whole truth and what's part truth.

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