Collage illustrations for Studio Regina identity. (Yes, Regina means "Queen" in Latin.) This series explores different types of "queen figures" I grew up with. The first is the Maria Clara, the demure, self-effacing stereotype who dutifully submits to her husbands every command. She is the true monarch of the family, but blinded and bound by social and moral values.
This second illustration was inspired by the Miss Universe pageant, when thousands of gay men ogle at women who they aspire to be but will never become. This also serves my own personal commentary on the ugliness of beauty pageants as a whole.
The last piece is of Doña Imelda, depicted by Imelda Marcos, infamous wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. She represents the overbearing, malicious, constantly scheming female who never has anything but her own interests at heart.
(I know, these characters sound like the cast of a soap opera, but sadly, this is what I grew up with!)