The Image: Dina Litovsky, "Midnight Snack"

© Dina Litovsky, Midnight Snack, 2010, from the series "Bachelorette"

Dina Litovsky: A year ago I started to shoot a long-term project documenting bachelorette parties. I have long been interested in this event as a fascinating contemporary rite of passage for young women where female bonding is performed in a conventionally atypical female way – through a night of sexual games and indulgent drinking. This was the first bachelorette party I shot.

Atlantic City, past midnight. The bachelorette party activities began at 7 am that morning with a limo ride from Brooklyn to the Borgata Hotel, present giving, two-hour getting ready session, formal dinner, gambling, a few bottles of champagne and a bottle of vodka. By 12 am the group was divided, a few girls wanted to continue partying 'til morning, the rest were ready to hit the bed. The room was becoming a battlefield of opinions. Taking matters into her own hands, one of the participants, having left her husband and three kids at home, was unwilling to call it a night and jumped on top of the bachelorette (pink shirt) and her friend for an impromptu striptease. The bachelorette, unknowingly to most, 2 months pregnant at the time, was amused but unmoved. This shot of the interaction between the three women is one of my favorite images from this project.