“My name is girl and this is my life. My ups and downs and my somewhere-in-the-middles, trying to make it through the everyday the best (and sometimes the worst) I can.
Join me on my daily struggles as I teeter on the fine line between being a girl and a woman, whilst trying to figure out who the hell I am in the process. From observing who I am on the surface to exploring the different types of girls I could be, to entering a crash course on how to be a better girl; this is my angle on the assault course of life as a girl.”
Nina Cosford is a freelance illustrator probably best known for her work with Lena Dunham. You may have seen her work on The Debrief before as her illustrations accompanied weekly reviews of Dunham’s hit show Girls. Since then the pair have continued to collaborate as Cosford contributes to the Lenny Letter, a newsletter set up by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.
Lena Dunham is a public figure that has a lot of people divided. It’s possible Nina’s work may have been overlooked because of this, so I’m glad she’s releasing her own book. It’s great seeing what artists can do away from working with big names and My Name Is Girl is a perfect example of this.
I’m not a huge fan of fiction and I like books that are different. I think where I consume so much film and television, reading feels like work. I tend to stick to books about feminism these days but even then I sometimes struggle. I like books that cover an interesting subject matter or books that are nice to look at. Lucky for me, My Name Is Girl has all of that and then some.
Described as ‘an illustrated guide to the female mind’, this book is simply a hoot. Nina has perfectly summed up what it’s like to be a woman in the 21st century through a series of relatable illustrations. My Name Is Girl is made up of five short chapters and there isn’t a page I didn’t relate to. Covering topics such as: nights out, texting, and social media, this book has something for every woman.
My Name Is Girl is hilarious, insightful and extremely comforting. We live in a world where we’re bombarded with ridiculous content from the likes of Cosmo, which is very hard to relate to. There’s something really enjoyable about seeing your experiences illustrated right there on the page. I loved how this book reminded me that I’m not alone in all this.
Another great thing about My Name Is Girl is that it features some amazing illustrations of fabulous female figures. All in all, it’s a pretty great read. I think it’s like one of those ‘coffee table’ books, I’ll definitely be picking it up every time I need to feel inspired. Thanks Nina!
My Name Is Girl comes out Thursday 22nd September and retails at £10.00.
*The post contains PR samples, but all opinions are my own.