Bringing to life five goddesses from across the world, 17-year-old Priyanka Paul from India has used illustration to reimagine these mythological women as modern-day feminists. On her Instagram, Paul gives each of her subjects a completely new look and back story, suggesting that they would be involved in current feminist causes both on and offline.
Mythology shapes culture – it is one of the ways that entire societies outline their values and present their history. Women in mythology play an important role, but they are often represented in a one-dimensional way: as mothers, as creators, as feminine counterparts who mediate the hypernationalist messages perpetuated by the legends they inhabit.
Paul’s work, shown below, is a reclamation of these powerful women – not as flagbearers of tradition but as voices of progress.