This little girls expression
seems contrary to her young age. She looks as if she has the weight of
the world on her thin shoulders. She was so dark, in that white
dress, holding an iron. It was all there, issues of gender, race and poverty,
said Carl Pope. Its a heartbreaking image.
The girls sweet expression and obvious shyness takes on much larger,
more grown-up matters when you consider that a white dress could symbolize
a bride. That kind of association, coupled with the iron she is holding,
suggests a woman and housewife, not a child with a toy. The setting she
stands in with a trash can as a backdrop completes the connections among
issues of race, gender, innocence and poverty.