Fronted by Mar Meredith, For Esmé is an unabashedly feminist exploration of self-love and the courage of conviction in uncertain times. Refracting light through dark places, Righteous Woman invokes the urgent and personal to reflect on and reposition the multitudes of womanhood, to push back against the patriarchy, to offer the possibility of living on one’s own terms.
Mar describes her latest video for Modern Love, “Whenever I find myself down in the well of self-loathing or in desperate need of affirmations, I always return to Joan Didion’s 1961 essay “On Self Respect”. It is a bible of sorts for me — a map that leads back to myself. I wanted to create a similar sign post, for myself and others, to look at ourselves in the mirror and know : I am complete, I am in charge of my own life, I am responsible for my own mistakes and my own victories.”
When Director Nick Tiringer approached her about making the video, the concept of a great cast of womxn singing the affirmations to themselves in the mirror was perfect. The imagery was exactly on point with how she’d written the song: a note to self — a post-it on the bathroom mirror not to forget: “YOU are the one you’ve got to live with.”
“The dismal fact is that self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others—who are, after all, deceived easily enough.” – Joan Didion, ‘On Self Respect’
Poised between light and dark, nouveau and nostalgia—a rare mix of confession and confection—For Esmé is a celebration of life’s double edges.
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