Nora, 21: “My alter ego would be an enormous diva, because I’ve always wanted to be a singer, but I’m terrified. If I could, I’d be singing right here on the boardwalk.”
How many versions of yourself can coexist at once?
I like to think of it as a math problem: Number of people I’ve encountered x the number of moments I’ve lived = the number of versions of me that exist. So in my very sophisticated calculation, there are infinite yous out there, infinite pathways for infinite selves to live infinitely variable lives.
Who would I be if I wasn’t this version of myself? That question might be as difficult as looking in the mirror and imagining you don’t know the face looking back at you. Maybe that’s why each of the girls in these photos, taken in Los Angeles, paused to stare dreamily into the distance when I asked who their alter ego would be, if they had one. With so many selves to choose from, how do you settle on just one? —Rose Lichter-Marck
Abbie, 19: “I’d probably be an old person because I sleep a lot. And I like cats and tea.”
Junru, 19: “I would fly and have the power to change the world.”
Carmen, 19: “A spider because they build things little by little and it ends up being something big—a web.”
Rachel, 22: “A mermaid because I like being in the water. It’s my natural habitat.”
Dani, 18: “A sloth, because they don’t do much, they just come down the tree to eat or poop.”
Laura, 20: “I would be a bird because I would love to fly and see everywhere. It would be really chill.”
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