Are New York Women More Confident?


“I’ve been around New York women my entire life, and even though they always have something to say about their appearance, they are the most self-assured people I’ve ever met. They are more highly aware than other women and girls anywhere else.”

Elizabeth Scholnick is an emerging, multi-media artist born and raised in New York City. She attended the School of the Visual Arts where she majored in Photography. Her latest series, Women of the Canvas, is a collaboration with photographer Hugh Burckhardt . Their project aims to portrait young women living in New York by exploring their experiences of “loving [themselves]” and the I-don’t-give-a-f*ck-about-society attitude.


“We were excited to work as a collective, and not as individuals. Our main goal was to portrait these women differently from how society views them.” – Hugh Burckhardt

The ego-boost effect is no stranger to anyone living in New York, and my experience too is that New Yorkers (men and women) are amongst the most confident people in the world. This is NOT based on appearance, but the self-esteem built on the opportunities the city has to offer.

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“Being a New Yorker should be a religion.”