În The New York Times a apărut un articol despre fetele de 18 ani din întreaga lume. Instituția a relatat modul de viață a fetelor din China, America, India, Nigeria și multe alte țări. În urma articolului a pornit un flashmob intitulat #ThisIs18 la care s-au alăturat deja mii de fete din toate colțurile lumii.

# Amanda, SUA

# Rosali, Germania

# Marianne, Franța

# Bailey, SUA

# Missi, Coreea de Sud

# Jesse, Mexic

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Outtake del proyecto "This is 18" por Jesse Mireles para @nytgender por @nytimes. Ella es Judith “la Chola” Dávila de 19 años, una de las candidatas para el proyecto #ThisIs18. Nació en el Estado de Zacatecas y actualmente trabaja en un negocio familiar que consiste en vender tamales. Judith es miembro de un Club de Carros “Low Rider” en el cuál pasa la mayor parte del tiempo. Siempre se ha interesado por aprender a cuidar a los animales, le gustaría convertirse en veterinaria pero estudiar no le llama la atención. Además, Judith explica cómo es que surge su alías y cómo es para ella el que la llamen así: «Pues, yo pienso que ese apodo sí viene desde antes y yo creo que es una manera de llamarte, muchas de las veces decimos: “¡es que no me gusta mi nombre!” Entonces, buscamos llamarnos de otra manera o apodo y es la manera de llamarnos nosotros. Te podría decir que nada más entre nosotros (mis amigos del club), no me gusta que otras personas me llamen así. Cuando otras personas me dicen “Chola”, les digo que tengo un nombre y es Judith, y se disculpan. Sólo me pueden llamar así mis amigos, en lo personal».

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# Waverly, SUA

# Mariam, Qatar

# Rachel, Israel

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My 18th year, as I’m sure for you as well, was pivotal in my growth and experience as an adult. I barely graduated high school, got denied from my dream school, appealed that deny and ultimately got accepted, moved away to college, joined a sorority, made a trip across the world to Israel with my best friends, was in my first serious relationship, started nannying seriously and watched my mom get married… etc. I continued to grow with age and more experiences like the ones above. Whether or not I realized the things below when I was 18 or 21- they are still important and worthy lessons to share!⠀ ⠀ 18 things I would tell my 18 year old self…⠀ ⠀ 1. Drink water instead of soda and go to the gym when you have time.⠀ 2. You are doing a good job. ⠀ 3. Start saving money now. ⠀ 4. Life is one giant curve ball.⠀ 5. Be graceful in handling rejection. ⠀ 6. Love hard, but if it isn’t reciprocated, know you tried your best.⠀ 7. Focus on getting peace of mind instead of getting even.⠀ 8. Better company awaits.⠀ 9. Be open to new knowledge and constructive criticism.⠀ 10. Try harder in your French classes. ⠀ 11. Accept yourself from head to toe. Don’t be consumed by other people’s idea of perfection.⠀ 12. Being vulnerable is a strength. ⠀ 13. Failing is necessary for growth and improvement. 14. Be quick to forgive & slow to place blame. ⠀ 15. When you see another woman doing well, let it inspire you. If she is able to achieve, so are you. ⠀ 16. In time, what you’re wishing for will manifest in your life; stop searching for happiness; instead create your own.⠀ 17. Know when to put your phone away. ⠀ 18. No matter how big or small the problem, the best way out is always through. ⠀ ⠀ 🔮TBH… I contemplate whether or not Id tell myself then that I’d be diagnosed with cancer. I’m not sure if knowing that would have helped or if I would have lived in some sort of constant fear. ⠀ ⠀ Where do you stand on that and what would you tell your 18 year old self? ⠀ ⠀ #ThisIs18 ⠀ #TBT

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# Amaka, Nigeria

# Clau, SUA

# Isabella, Brazilia

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I`m posting this photo of baby me (with 18 years old) for an amazing project that I`m participating with @girlgaze and The New York Times`s Gender Letter @nytgender that is called #Thisis18. As part of #Thisis18 I was invited to share a photo of me with 18 years old and write what I would say if I could talk to the girl in the photo. “You are stronger than you think, you really are. The next couple years aren`t going to be as easy as you thought they would, actually, a lot of things that are out of your control will happen. Things you never thought would change will. You will lose people you never thought you would. But even though this change will be scary, it will be necessary for your growth. It will teach you that you don`t have to control and analyse everything in your life to be a happy and successful person. Don`t forget to breathe, to relax, and to enjoy things around you. I know it`s scary to be a female artist but you are absolutely right to trust your creativity and talent, don`t let others make you doubt yourself! Keep fighting for what you believe and for other people and social issues; you know there`s nothing more important to you than making a positive change in the world. You recently (finally) understood your sexuality- that you only like girls- and I know you are terrified of what that means, but never try to hide this part of your identity, you aren`t you without it. Being a lesbian makes you strong, special, resilient and magical, never let other people tell you otherwise. Never stop being proud and glad to be who you are! Your mind, even though it`s filled with creativity and beautiful things, is also haunted by mental illness. I know it sucks and you wish it would just stop, you are tired of fighting against it. But the fight never stops, and that`s okay. Life is way more than your mental illness, there`s a entire amazing and interesting world out there for you to experience, don`t let your illlness make you believe it can take that away from you! Never, ever, forget who you are. Embrace your sexuality, artistic ambitions, flaws, personality, mental illness, everything that makes you different from everyone else.

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# Kity, SUA

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A day late, but I still wanted to share. What would you say to your 18-year-old self if you could go back? . This is 18 . You’re going to change your mind. A lot. But that’s ok; you’re going to learn about yourself and end up exactly where you’re supposed to be. . People have high expectations of you, but don’t ever feel like you have to be THEIR version of you. . You don’t always have to be nice, but you should always be kind. . THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING AN INTROVERT! . Although you thought you only needed a few good friends, you wound up with an entire girl gang. They will be there to lift you up, support you, love you, and accept you for exactly who you are. You’re SO lucky to have them. . Depression sucks, I wish you didn’t have to deal with it but you do. It comes in waves but you are a strong swimmer, and you’ll learn how to keep your head above water until the storm passes. You are brave and creative, and life will continue to give you reasons to smile. . STOP PLUCKING YOUR EYEBROWS! . Hug your parents and tell them you love them more often. They will love and support you through all the ups and downs. . Spend more time with your brother, he’s an awesome person. . STOP USING PLASTIC STRAWS! . Don’t let anyone tell you to be quiet. Ever. Stand up for yourself, your beliefs, your rights, and the rights of others. Your empathy is your superpower, so use it. . You are never alone. . ps. Harry Potter still holds up. #thisis18 @nytgender #girlgaze

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# Constanze, Germania

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"Eighteen is an age. But it’s also something more. It’s a moment, a rite of passage, a gateway to adulthood." We all turn 18 one day of our lives, but our experiences from that point on are very different – one in five women around the world is married at the age of 18, others are about to finish high school and others already have a family and the weight of the world on their shoulders. I am so proud to have been proud of this project by @nytgender and the @nytimes, led by @jessicabennett and @visualsandra that gathered young photographers from all over the world to visualize these different experiences. My thanks go out to @cinzia_hr for showing me her world and @boshnaqmona for mentoring me throughout this time. Happy international day of the girl! #thisis18 QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY THE NYT, LINK IN BIO

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# Kaiti, Guatemala

# Soy, SUA

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What does age 18-year-old girlhood look like around the world? For #DayoftheGirl, @nytgender gave young women photographers an assignment: show us what 18 looks like in your community, which resulted in #ThisIs18. Now we want to hear from you! Share a photo of yourself at 18 with the hashtag #ThisIs18. What would you say to the girl in the photo? . . . . . . “The face of a warrior: a heart so warm, but with an exterior so strong. Whatever you are going through Hawa, keep on pushing! You have endured so much already, and college stress is only a minor roadblock for all the blessings you will receive in the long run. You are loved, you are strong, and you are important. You got this Hawa, you always have!”

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# Judi, Maroc

# Jahnavi, India

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This is me at 18, and as a part of @nytgender's #ThisIs18 project, I’ve spent the past few hours thinking about what I’d tell her now if I had the chance. • "The only thing we have less of every day is time, and you spent so much of it doubting your abilities and your voice when you had no need to. You don’t have to be so scared of everything. You’ll go on to accomplish things in the next six years that you never thought yourself capable of (including, as pictured above, getting up on a stage in front of hundreds of people even when your body language betrayed how terrified you were). For someone who was so unsure of herself, you’ll continuously navigate the world standing up for what you think is right, with a confidence in your beliefs that you should apply equally to yourself. There’ll be plenty of time to worry in the future — today, life seems more vast and complex and daunting than ever before, and I’m searching for some of the spirit and grit of that girl in the photograph who pushed herself to do all the things that she was afraid of and then some. As it turns out, no one has everything figured out, but when you thought it was just you, you never let that make you quit, even with your mental health making things a little bit more of a challenge every day. At 18, everyone older seemed decidedly self-possessed, but at 24, I hope to continue meeting life with the same stubborn resilience you showed even when you had no idea where that courage came from. This was supposed to be advice to you, but instead you’ve left me with things to reflect on, learn from and be grateful for each day. Oh, and stop picking at your acne, will you? That’s the only mistake you made that I’m still trying to fix."

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# Maria, Rusia

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В этом году организаторы фестиваля «Золотая осень» по-настоящему удивили 🎃 Город невероятно красиво украсили 🍁 От арт-объектов, сделанных главным образом из тыквы (ее больше 100 тонн специально привезли из Волгоградской, Ростовской, Тульской областей и Краснодарского края), сложно было оторваться👀 Особенно понравилась инсталляция на тему сказки «Волшебник Изумрудного города» – четырехметровый «воздушный шар», на котором мечтатель Джеймс Гудвин некогда прибыл в Волшебную страну, впечатляющий «Замок волшебника» и красочное тыквенно-цветочное поле 🧡 Фото как раз на этом фоне ✌️ . . . . . #золотаяосень2018 #москва #Moscow #streetstyle #lifestyle #girlstyle #citypicz #citystyle #lookbook #whatiwore #igtravel #socialgood #yoloshop #oomf #thisis18 #sds

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