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Anthony Anciaux

Jemappes Cheerleaders

Belgium - 2010

Majorettes, or cheerleaders, have been veritable icons of American society for decades. Pampered and adulated by the population, they are a symbol of an American society aimed at being sexy, dynamic and conquering. In our regions, majorettes are, alas like most folklore groups, less and less numerous and with an air of old hat. However, I discovered in Jemappes a group of majorettes sharing the very same spirit of excellence and perfection with their transatlantic counterparts. Their faces, expressions, the colours congealed for eternity in my visuals evoke these young Americans that have fed our imaginations through the films, series and books of our adolescence.
Photos edited by Xavier Cannone, director of the museum of photography.