Taylor Yocom (b. 1992, Des Moines) received her BFA in Photography from the University of Iowa in 2015 and her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. Her intermedia practice explores the pressures of the gender performativity of female niceness, conflating this phenomenon with tropes of performance. Her photo series, Guarded, sheds light on rape culture through portraits of college women holding what they use to protect themselves from sexual assault on walks home at night and has appeared internationally in renowned publications such as Buzzfeed, USA Today, and HuffPost. She has exhibited photo and video work regionally and nationally.