This research explores the broader issues of workplace appearance, and the inherent discriminations and bias that this can evoke. It also then contextualises this further within industries where 'appearance matters', and forms of aesthetic labour that prioritise the beauty of the workforce. Does the academic focus on forms of 'aesthetic labour', as a discipline, then merit a form of responsive 'aesthetic labour law', in order to consider the potentially discriminatory aspects of such practices?
Child Influencer Labour
This project considers the Instagram platform as a heterotopia, or 'other space', which relies upon the construction and cultivation of a commodified self. This marketable version of the self has resulted in the rise of the 'influencer'; but what of 'child influencers', who appear on the platform but have none of the safeguarding practices or procedures that their child model or child actor counterparts would have? This research identifies eighteen types of harm facing these young influencers, and recognises that the law is not responding to their safeguarding needs in this novel work space.