ABOUT THIS PHOTO SHOOT:
The following photographs feature 15 real and strong women on Western Washington University’s campus in 2013. These women have bravely allowed their bodies to be featured in a photo shoot used to highlight the negative effects media has one women’s perceptions of beauty and self-worth, as well as demonstrate that true beauty comes in all different forms. Each participant was put into two types of “poses”. The first pose embodies the societal norms of beauty. Notice how this pose is more subdued, melancholy, and the person is typically more drawn in on themselves. The second type of pose is one that highlights what the person likes about their body and is more body positive and powerful. This second type of pose is featured more, as I believe it is more powerful and has a more positive message. As a result, not every participant you see will have both kinds of “pose” present. I also have quotes given to me by each person that expresses what they love about their bodies, which I share with you all in hopes it will inspire others to love their bodies. These women have been incredibly inspirational and I am so honored to have worked with each and every one of you. Thank you for making this project what it is, and for making this world a better place. You are all so fabulous!
(To see all of the photos from this shoot, click here.)
Though editing of the photographs was done, it was all with lighting, contrast, and making the images sharper. In NO instances was anyone’s body modified, retouched, or altered. Please enjoy the beauty and power that comes from embracing one’s own body.