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Photographer Challenges ‘American Beauty’ Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
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Photographer Challenges ‘American Beauty’ Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes

San Francisco-based photographer Carey Fruth has set out to redefine what ‘American beauty’ is with a photo series of the same name that has women of all body types posing in romantic beds of flower petals. Fruth was inspired by a racy scene from the 1999 movie of the same name in which Kevin Spacey fantasized about one of his daughter’s friends.

“By stepping into a fantasy dream girl world and by letting go of that fear, they free themselves up to direct that energy they once wasted on telling themselves that they weren’t good enough to elsewhere in their life,” Fruth told Huffpost.

More info: careyfruthphotography.com | Tumblr | Instagram | Twitter (h/t: huffpost, demilked)

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DianaCrunChewyWatson
Community Member
6 years ago

I really liked this, it was lovely. And these women are incredibly brave. I'm not sure I have the ovaries to do a project like this.

ChipShilpa
Community Member
6 years ago

I like how you said "ovaries" as opposed to the conventional "balls" :D

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RissaBurge
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6 years ago

It's beautiful but I wish that they show the cellulite and stretch marks too.

TerrahVinz
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6 years ago

Second woman has stretch marks, third has cellulite.

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ShannonRogers
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6 years ago

I feel like the point of this was to show women naturally, however it still appears as if all their stretch marks and scars have been airbrushed away.

MorganWagner
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6 years ago

As a fat woman, I know these are Photoshopped because there are no stretch marks or bra grooves.

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PaigeHolliman
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6 years ago

I would have liked this a lot more if the models hadn't had "mannequin skin", nary a freckle or flaw. Celebrating the body includes the SKIN WE'RE IN.

CassandraMetter-Hoffmann
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6 years ago

Agreed

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Elena-CristianaAlexe
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6 years ago

I am not a hater, but every time someone shows "normal women" or "natural women", there are only photos of fat women with a (very) nice face. I'd say that it will be more "normal" to present ugly faces also. For example, i have a nice and fit body, but a horrible face, and i just look at this kind of photos thinking: ok, so a 200 kg woman is considered to be more beautiful than me. It just seems that most of the people are more comfortable seeing fat bodies than ugly faces.

Cell
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm sorry you consider yourself "ugly." You're right on point with your comment, though. I will say that well- groomed ends up trumping that fickle "beauty" in the end...

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GingerPayne
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6 years ago

they are all beautiful women!

MariahCleveland
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6 years ago

None of these photos show body hair of any kind. The media always portrays the female body as hairless and shiny as a newborn baby, which is totally unrealistic.

Michelle B
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5 years ago

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I have no body hair and honey, Im as real as anyone.

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MikaelBlomman
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6 years ago

Stand up and be proud. The way the " new society " wants the perfect body and shape and everything have gone overboard deluxé. Back in the 90s / and earlier i cant remember people being so obsessed with their look like it is today with the way of social media and "the ideal body" its crazy. So props to them for standing up and dont feel ashamed cause its all natural! Today you barely can order a coffe with a friend in town without dressing up with the latest fashion clothes and make up like you would enter a hollywood fashion show. ( no im not bitter or upset just my opinion and i hope people out there will be happy just because you are you no matter shape or size. )

AuroreChHen
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6 years ago

Really beautiful project but the photographs look like weird, not natural...

LindseyMorris
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6 years ago

like they are not actually laying on a bed of real flowers, right?? Nor have actual flowers on their bodies?

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MarianneA.
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6 years ago

Maybe some of you bored pandas need glasses because i see stretchmarks on several of these beautiful women, but thats not even the point...geez

blomgren182
Community Member
6 years ago

Thats what i said but some people are probably to stupid to understand the message, and they also need glasses cause i can see stretchmarks too on some of them

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Rose
Community Member
6 years ago

There are stretch marks and cellulite. I see a scar on one of their bellies. Someone mentioned ugly faces not being here, but these women are all wearing makeup, so who knows? I think the lighting is what makes it look kind of unreal, but this was a remake with the theme of American Beauty. That scene didn't look too natural, either. It does appear there is a little bit of Photoshopping, but it is a beautiful photoset and I think the photographer kept most of their "flaws" in the photos! As a side note, I don't think these ladies are brave. I think they are confident and there shouldn't be anything to be brave about. I think that they don't need others' opinions to make themselves feel acceptable or beautiful. Just my two (or twenty) cents~

DamianoLanzoni
Community Member
6 years ago

And in other news: male beauty standars are perfectly fine the way they are.

MikeCanant
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6 years ago

Great concept. All of these women are beautiful, each in their own way. Makes me want to go get my leaf blower though!

stanleyscout
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6 years ago

Leaf blower!! That's hilarious!!!

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JD“ROCKET”Southworth
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6 years ago

Not sure what your personal opinion is for beauty standards. From what you posted I think it's safe to assume what your trying to say is that, big girls should have smooth skin and be able to pose like the thin 20 somethings you photographed . Also this has been done many times all over the world. As a professional photographer (www.BetterThanBoudoir.com ) who photographs women for a living, I would suggest better poses and camera angles. I agree that beauty comes in many shapes, sizes and color and I photo shop everything I sell and post. Why you ask? Simple, my clients want to look like they stepped out of a magazine which we all know are 99.9% all photo shopped images. Flip side, if I was doing this challenge I would shoot the images to the best of my ability, using creative lighting, poses and angles to create a raw image, un-edited that would be flattering to the body type. Not lay out a large woman on her back! In my opinion this challenge is a major fail, sorry.

BradBowman
Community Member
6 years ago

As a professional photographer of 15 years. It really bothers me when people cry PHOTOSHOP! for any image that you can't see stretch marks or bra marks. Any decent photographer worth their salt knows how to light an image properly to highlight a persons perfections and hide their imperfections. And you should not call yourself even an amateur photographer if you don't have the common sense to tell your model to wear loose fitting clothes before a shoot like this to avoid marks from bra straps/pants/socks or whatever else. Now i'm not saying photoshop isn't a great tool, and is used frequently and abused by some, but don't think we stand there unprepared and just say "Oh we can photoshop that out later" That's just plain wrong.

SuzanneStaufferLambert
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6 years ago

Who said those were imperfections?

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Glenda Myers
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5 years ago

One of them looks like a man.

TheWheatleyCore
Community Member
6 years ago

Must they not wear clothes?

TennilleJohnston
Community Member
6 years ago

Have you ever seen "American Beauty?" You can google the flower petals scene the photographer was referencing.

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BeverlyPatrick
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6 years ago

We all have opinions, and are entitled to them. I won't say any of you are wrong. But, to those of you commenting on how overweight or obese some of the women are...I think you're missing the point of the whole photo shoot. The whole point was to bring awareness to the unrealistic standards of beauty in America and around the world. These standards cause women (starting as girls, nowadays) to feel inferior, not good enough, not thin enough, etc...And leads to things like body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, etc. While some women are perfectly happy being the size they are; fat, thin, or somewhere in between, there are others who aren't. Either they're too thin and can't gain weight, too fat but have health problems (like PCOS) that make it difficult to lose weight, or they turn to food to mask emotional problems...other women may look perfectly fine to everyone else - may be that "perfect 10"...but I guarantee there's something she hates about her body.

RaynaKunzman
Community Member
6 years ago

I would have liked this a lot more if these women were actually male hexagons

RaynaKunzman
Community Member
6 years ago

The "title" promised ALL shapes. All I see are human shapes. Where the rhombus at?!!!!!!!!!?

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JanetTammero
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6 years ago

Good shots glad to see a opening of eyes/minds...now if we deeper into their eyes their true beauty would show from the soul :)

MarianneA.
Community Member
6 years ago

Seriously people, not everyone who is overweight (by industry standards) have stretch marks. Besides dont you realize the "skinny" women you see in magazines are airbrushed? Either way they all look beautiful in my opinion.

MatheusLopes
Community Member
6 years ago

Wont that make it a moot point then? "lets send a powerful message! screw beauty standards!" and then proceeds to either find the smoothest skinned woman or end up applying makeup or removing their flaws digitally, meh...

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DenielleNigretto-Flitney
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6 years ago

Seriously, what happened to their body hair?

CathleenHarrison
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6 years ago

Very brave! I commend these ladies for being that brave.

AllaDanyliuk
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6 years ago

People are so damn creative!!!

Bette House Tetreault
Community Member
5 years ago

OMG people..........stop the arguing!!!!! Stop the shaming!!!!! We have a President who is destroying this country and he fat shames women.........do you want to be like him? Let's start loving each other for our differences and get the Orange man out of White House.

Hutla
Community Member
5 years ago

I was hoping to see a woman with some more muscles as well :( That is my only critizism towards this article (also the airbrushing is one thing...)

Jared Barrett
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5 years ago

Um, why are there no anorexic women on here since there are heavily obese woman.

Alice McCullough
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5 years ago

Not one single one of them have a blemish or a scar on them and not even a single wisp of body hair.

Anthony Trandicosta
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5 years ago

Says, "all shapes," but doesn't include any muscular women. Or am I the only one who noticed that?

Stacey Bailey
Community Member
5 years ago

I see comments about stretch marks etc... How about BRAVO.. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL..

Robert Battersby
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5 years ago

Anybody know if these models do any other work? I'm interested in seeing more from the model in the second photo, personally. :)

Robert Battersby
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5 years ago

whoops, double post.

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Robert Battersby
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5 years ago

Any idea if these models do any other work? I'm interested in seeing more from the second model, personally. :)

Lucien Michaelis
Community Member
5 years ago

If the point is body positivity and showcasing different body types, why excessively photoshop the images? It defeats the purpose.

Brig McLean
Community Member
5 years ago

Sad that we have to celebrate obesity, but only one of those women was over a certain age. Obesity is something we can do something about, both as individuals and as cultures, but age is something that comes to all of us! So forgive my cynicism, show heavily airbrushed overweight and underweight bodies all you like, heaven forbid you actually show 'old' bodies! :(

DevakHowler
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6 years ago

k askerosas me lastiman los ojos

DevakHowler
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6 years ago

k askerosas

KajetanŁukomski
Community Member
6 years ago

If he was so set on challenging the beauty stereotypes, why did he Photoshop the hell out of their skin? Photoshopping and airbrushing are a huge part of what;s wrong with how people perceive themselves and others.

KajetanŁukomski
Community Member
6 years ago

If he was so set on challenging the beauty stereotypes, why did he photoshop their skins to death? Photoshop is a huge part of what's wrong with how people perceive themselves and each other.

PatsyHanan
Community Member
6 years ago

It's beautiful and presented well. Bravo to the models and artist. How do I get in on a spread like this?

Runge K
Community Member
5 years ago

You can if you try bby😉

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SuzanneStaufferLambert
Community Member
6 years ago

Or maybe -- we stop judging women based on their appearance and stop teaching girls that their appearance is their most important attribute.

DeidreInterrupted
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful

red
Community Member
6 years ago

How 'but we move away from equating appearance with value altogether?! So women can be objectified no matter what they look like, hooray!

Magnolia
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful, each one. I wish I was that brave.

MaeBarkley
Community Member
6 years ago

Can you spot the man? There's one! Great article, as a model I think this is fantastic spread.

MartaHorvatski
Community Member
6 years ago

Loved the pics. But I think the phtpgrapher is trying to trick us - pick no.13 (the one before last) is a picture of a man. And before you start trashing me, just have another good look.

Jude
Community Member
6 years ago

I get the point the photographer is making but what I don't get is the obsession people have about their bodies nowadays. Granted people have always be concerned about how they looked but physical appearances seem to be the focus more than what the person inside is like. I've known 'not-so-attractive' people who honestly became much more beautiful as I got to know them and love them. And I've also seen physically attractive people appear unattractive and even ugly due to their actions and attitudes. But I do understand that it's not possible to capture someone's personality in photos. Only words can do that. Sadly, we seem to be a society that prefers pictures to words.

AnnieLaurieBurke
Community Member
6 years ago

Beauty indeed comes in all sizes and colors. These photos are awesome!

SteveGray
Community Member
6 years ago

Kind of pointless.

MalcolmTimns
Community Member
6 years ago

REAL WOMEN AT LAST IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES THEY ALL LOOK GORGEOUS

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

i think they are beautiful and yes, as diana watson points out, brave.

OxanaSmirnova
Community Member
6 years ago

...смотрим фото с сыном,ему 13,спрашивает-ты бы так хотела?-отвечаю-да,35 лет тому назад...

BeverlyPatrick
Community Member
6 years ago

Society's ideals are too difficult for ANY of us to live up to. No one should have to try to live up to a Barbie doll, cookie cutter image set forth by a magazine and enforced by the greater public. It'd just be a better world if we could all just allow each other to live our own paths, look how we want, and focus on what's inside-because that's what REALLY matters. Sorry for the length. I'm passionate about this, as you can see. ;)

AlexandraBonneau
Community Member
6 years ago

Liked it and understand the global project. But I would have liked much more diversity. They all have a perfect skin and no hair...

AlexandraBonneau
Community Member
6 years ago

Like it, I can understand the global project but I would have liked much more diversity. They all have perfect skin and no hair.

GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

Poetic Photos.

ClaireOliver
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow, Ladies you are beautiful.

SherriRudd
Community Member
6 years ago

As a larger women, I have no stretch marks or cellulite. Only bigger bones & fat.

willietucker
Community Member
6 years ago

I like women, ain't no shame in my game. If you have a good attitude and good conversation, we can mix and mingle!

TomSeiberling
Community Member
6 years ago

Every female is beautiful in their own way

TinaBryan
Community Member
6 years ago

Nice, nice to see an older lady also.

MikeCanant
Community Member
6 years ago

Great concept and superb photography. Each of the ladies are beautiful and unique. Makes me want to go get my leaf blower!

JanetTammero
Community Member
6 years ago

Good shoot glad to see a opening of the eyes/minds ....now if we could really look into their souls we would could see their real beauty :)

AndrewKeim
Community Member
6 years ago

These were artful, flattering towards the women depicted, and pretty amazing actually.

DidiHoneybAndeloe
Community Member
6 years ago

This is very nice. Beautiful women. What defines beauty? What defines us

RinatAshkenazi
Community Member
6 years ago

brave women and insiparational photographer

VijayMomaiya
Community Member
6 years ago

Folks,just read the purpose for which this was done,do not inventory other people.

MalcolmTimns
Community Member
6 years ago

Thats what is needed real women who make up the majority, they are all beutiful

Mohsen
Community Member
6 years ago

:D

IstvanSzabo
Community Member
6 years ago

There are nice pictures among them.

ValerieWagner
Community Member
6 years ago

The artist did a magnificent job of making women of all shapes and sizes gorgeous. Voodoo-shopped or not I'd let the photographer take pictures of me. I'm not photogenic at all.

ToriWilscam
Community Member
6 years ago

I wanna do this!!!

ValerieWagner
Community Member
6 years ago

The artist did a magnificent job of making women of all shapes and sizes look gorgeous. Voodoo-shop or not I'd let the photographer take pictures of me.

DarlaBerry
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful photos, but they might have included women with physical defects, scars, moles or birthmarks.

PekkaHonkanen
Community Member
6 years ago

Waude! Tosi hyvän näköisiä otoksia ja hyvän näköisiä malleja! :) Voisin vaikka Rakastua! :)))

JorgeRodriguez
Community Member
6 years ago

Love It... Them.... Y'all Know what I mean.

MónicaElisabethSacco
Community Member
6 years ago

Brave models, brave photographer! And the stretching marks are there: just look closely to the photos and you'll find'em. It's just the work of a great photographer, not to show your little deffects.

Boris
Community Member
6 years ago

No one person can define what "beauty" is. It's completely subjective. Personally, I don't find fat women beautiful. And I have every right not to: MY definition of beauty is mine, and mine alone. How dare YOU tell ME what I should find beautiful!

Christine Hance Moretti
Community Member
5 years ago

Sorry that you are so shallow! Hopefully you never gain an ounce or worse yet have some sort of accident or problem that takes away your "perfection". And you better hope you never lose your hair! Funny how you could be such a shallow person since you have no idea what you may encounter that will change your appearance! You are extremely ignorant!!

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DebbRooken-Smith
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6 years ago

There are a few that seem to me to be almost the epitome of American beauty standards.

DebbieHairgrove
Community Member
6 years ago

lifestyle

LilianaHernandez
Community Member
6 years ago

Awesome! Check out this similar project I'm working on <3 http://www.baby.co.uk/mum_stories/21072015-photos-reveal-i-didnt-know-women-could-look-like-this/

LilianaHernandez
Community Member
6 years ago

Super Awesome! Check out this similar project <3 http://www.baby.co.uk/mum_stories/21072015-photos-reveal-i-didnt-know-women-could-look-like-this/

ShawnSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

Plus, I think the second to the last woman is a drag queen.

SandraNickel
Community Member
6 years ago

I just love seeing bodies similar to my own presented so beautifully. :)

fantasycreature
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6 years ago

They are all gorgeous, but Im pretty sure one of them is a guy, anyone? (the one before the last picture )

ZeeYanthy
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6 years ago

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It is a guy the shape of the weist is not for vigana

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Imperfekt
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6 years ago

The point of it all is as the Title says. "Women of all Shapes". So debating about photo-shopping, stretch marks, bra grooves, cellulite, I think, is a non issue. But they are indeed all gorgeous.

LilusKikusLG
Community Member
6 years ago

Cuantas formas bonitas..

AlyshaEllis
Community Member
6 years ago

Second to last is a man

RowanMigliassi
Community Member
6 years ago

Part of challenging beauty standards is challenging the idea of femininity. Some women have masculine bodies, or even male bodies, and they are just as beautiful as women with large breasts and wide hips.

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CynthiaLondon
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6 years ago

More!!

RyanHettler
Community Member
6 years ago

This... right here.... needs to turn into a survey! ASAP.

AnnHerring
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6 years ago

I guess the fact that they are now accepting (sort of) the fact we are all different shapes. When do they start to work on the fact that very very few woman have such beautiful skin? suppose it's a case of "baby steps"

LoriGiovannetti
Community Member
6 years ago

can you say, PHOTOSHOP?

blomgren182
Community Member
6 years ago

Like i said no matter size and shape they are all strong and individuals to show of their bodys, but its emberassing to read * they are Photoshoped ofc they are freaking Photoshoped almost every picture are, but 99% of the people comment on this post said where are the stretchmarks etc, you apparently need glasses cause the second picture of the dark woman shows stretchmarks on her stomach and upper legs etc, so what does that tell you, maybe they asked the certain individuals if they are okey with the stretchmarks or cellulites? And maybe she was the only woman who said im fine let them be! So stop cry about the stretchmarks or how much they are Photoshoped , the message is clear, be strong and proud no matte size and shape? Hard to understand the message or are some people just dumb ? Anyway great effort by the artist its good In a society in search of perfection

RyanHettler
Community Member
6 years ago

I hear what blomgren182 is saying, turn their beauty into a Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG). Stop Photoshopping and show us the real beauty at any size.

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MadeleineReber
Community Member
6 years ago

Nice idea but these are still all obviously photoshopped. Not one blemish, wrinkle or ounce of cellulite. Skin is way too smooth and even in all of them.

chiyuyee
Community Member
6 years ago

Can't seem to find any with armpit hair... hmm...

DeborahBenson
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6 years ago

The women posing are all beautiful; from the younger ones to the older ladies, everyone is gorgeous in my eyes.

EmmaTanglevine
Community Member
6 years ago

i loved that there were such a variety of brave BEAUTIFUL women!

MonayJames
Community Member
6 years ago

You say you're challenging beauty standards but photoshopped each and every one of them. Where are the stretch marks, moles, beauty marks, birth marks, scars? If you want to challenge the beauty standards you have to challenge all of them, not just size.

DeniseDonardt
Community Member
6 years ago

did not see a pear shaped woman on here but they are all beautiful.

LynnPacione-Holman
Community Member
6 years ago

Lovely! But, be real: No makeup, no airbrushing.

LinethBarahona
Community Member
6 years ago

Hermoso..

DobrescuRazvan
Community Member
6 years ago

Photoshop ? neaaah that's just a huge flat field of lavender:))

SteveSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

Some nice shaped women, and then some unhealthy morbidly obese ones.

Christine Hance Moretti
Community Member
5 years ago

There are many women who are over weight and not unhealthy!! You ignorant fool!!

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BobbieGodleman
Community Member
6 years ago

very positive idea - but I feel that this selection of women isn't greatly representative of the 'average' women. There are large and slim women but no (maybe bar one) with typical everyday women body shape.

Li
Community Member
6 years ago

I agree. There's a glaring gap in here of women in between slender and obese. It would have been a stronger pictorial essay to have had more women of a medium frame to support the idea of "average' being beautiful. I think as it is, it's making a different statement, which could work harder with the inclusion of more mid-sized average women.

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JeanetteEricson
Community Member
6 years ago

It's funny, how every effort to show women of different shape and size gets critizised? So what If it's a bit photoshoped? The photos are beauriful and The women in them are beautiful. Maybe they don't have any flauss?

KellyVarner
Community Member
6 years ago

While I enjoyed the project, I would have loved to see even more diversity. While diverse body size and race were represented, this leaves out all the lovely women who are different by other means. Every body is a good body.

Elena-CristianaAlexe
Community Member
6 years ago

I am not a hater, but every time someone shows "normal women" or "natural women", there are only photos of fat women with a (very) nice face. I'd say that it will be more "normal" to present ugly faces also. For example, i have a nice and fit body, but a horrible face, and i just look at this kind of photos thinking: ok, so a 200 kg woman is considered to be more beautiful than me... It seems most of the people are more comfortable with fat bodies than ugly faces

Elena-CristianaAlexe
Community Member
6 years ago

i'm sorry for my english and for posting twice

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DesiraeCoty
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6 years ago

Omg Gorgeous! Maybe different colored flowers to accent skin colors. Make some of the women stand out a bit more. But gorgeous!

ThomasNorris
Community Member
6 years ago

I guess I fall into the category of liking the slim white women; although I a free it took a lot of intestinal fortitude to do this; kudos to all

GertrudeWilkes
Community Member
6 years ago

Now for the over 40's, please.

AlanAurmont
Community Member
6 years ago

Dayum, I wish my shape were photographed beautifully like that.

PatPlastererRuhl
Community Member
6 years ago

I think they all looked rather sexy, exept for one who was looking at the camera with a defiant look on her face. Since true love doesn't see physical things, every one of these ladies is wonderful! I applaud their strength! Well done!!

FiOhShineShine
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful

BarbaraStöhr
Community Member
6 years ago

Nice project. But really BAD photoshopping! They all looked very strange with way to hard shadows!

RolfHawkins
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6 years ago

Mmmm! Wimmin folk!

SilviaDoAmaral
Community Member
6 years ago

I think the pictures are beautiful, but it bothers me that no one of the fat girls the artist chose have stretch marks, or any spot of dark skin (which is normal in fat girls because of the friction and etc). It's still an unrealistic beauty standard for me. :(

A11yKat(Artist)
Community Member
6 years ago

This was a beautiful project, love the diversity! :D

JessikaHodson
Community Member
6 years ago

Finally women of all shapes and sizes and not just one slim or skinny thrown in to shut us up. Fat, slim, skinny, curvy.

L.S.
Community Member
6 years ago

Good idea! ;)

tarekawd
Community Member
6 years ago

Not brave nor the art of photographing naked women Beauty of a woman in her modesty And art to show the beauty that we do not see eyes

LeAnnMurphy
Community Member
6 years ago

Like the intent. The bad Photoshop job bothers me and ruins it.

DanielaEmanuelaZajacová
Community Member
6 years ago

Well, if you are healthy, you' re pretty anyway. But if you're obese or anorectic, that's an illness, a disorder. I'm sorry, but I'm not into supporting obesity and saying: well girls, this is right, this is pretty, because it isn't. Every shape of woman's body is beautiful, untill it's in the normal, healthy form. So yes, every woman is beautiful, but if she's unhealthy, she doesn't look good. I wish our purpose was make inspiring photoshoots of natural healthy good looking women. I know, that some woman can't have normal ibm because of illness or disorder and I get it. They' re charming and beautiful in another way. But I wish, all the sane women saved the normal, healthy figure. Just said

RonLow
Community Member
6 years ago

This would seem to show these women at their loveliest. But to me it still makes plain that some people are more lovely than others. Hooray for everything, but like it or not - hot is hot.

MikaelaErskog
Community Member
6 years ago

But how is this a challenge if they are all super airbrushed?

JewelsVern
Community Member
6 years ago

?? The only point I see is that almost any woman will take her clothes off for someone with a camera.

StephenBlank
Community Member
6 years ago

Lol no.

CharlieGP
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh look, let's continue to promote the unhealthy lifestyle of being obese by calling it "beautiful." There's nothing beautiful about poor life choices and over-consumption of resources to meet one's ridiculous needs. Quit promoting this nonsense and point out the health issues associated with being over weight, promote healthy living, healthy eating, exercise and moderation. Enough with this shit.

FLAKKFLAKK
Community Member
6 years ago

I think the FAT ONES ARE UGLY BEARNAKED !

CandyNoel
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't think you have to be stick thin but obesity is soo dangerous to ones health and the fact that it is basically promoted in todays society is disgusting...

CandyNoel
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't think you need to be stick thin but being obese is terrible for your health and the fact that it is soo highly promoted in todays society is disgusting!!

I'mFishdogpigsquirrel
Community Member
6 years ago

Liberals have gone bonkers

Pamela
Community Member
6 years ago

I do not find fat beautiful!

ComeOnSon
Community Member
6 years ago

Made my day! Better than the sports illustrated swim suit edition ;)

ComeOnSon
Community Member
6 years ago

Made my day :) Better than sports illustrated swim suit edition

JimPayne
Community Member
6 years ago

Some of those women need a whole forest to cover them.

DianaCovell
Community Member
6 years ago

I would NEVER do something like this. I have a hard time just putting on my bathing suit and will not be wearing my birthday suit where anyone can see it.

RachelMcKinnies
Community Member
6 years ago

Real American Beauties have stretch marks and cellulite. Wonderful concept but the airbrushing takes away from the photographers goal to show women as they really are.

NeilIves
Community Member
6 years ago

I think number 13 is a guy

aQMohra
Community Member
6 years ago

Yet thay have all been photoshopped. Kind of defeats the purpose of the whole excercise

DebbieHairgrove
Community Member
6 years ago

I think it shows how women in our country are overweight. If you would ask them if they were happy with their bodies......I would say over 90% would say no! It's all about their choices and lifestyle!

KrishNeho
Community Member
6 years ago

Kind of ironic that these photos are obviously shopped in some way. Natural beauty, huh.

Imperfekt
Community Member
6 years ago

I didn't see anywhere that said Natural beauty. It's about shapes.

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SethCoakley
Community Member
6 years ago

It does matter, though. We shouldnt make being morbidly obese glamorous or beautiful. Its ridiculous. Its not beautiful, its not attractive, its not natural. So dont claim it to be. Lose weight and be healthy. Dont try and force others into thinking thats what beautiful should look like. You dont like being forced to think women should look like toothpicks so why should we keep being force fed the exact opposite? Stop with excuses for a change.

AndreasJansen
Community Member
6 years ago

Well..To say people should be happy with and not afraid to show their bodies is one thing, but to feature obese people.. They are not healthy. Same can be said about the skinny anorexia models. But hey, what do I know. "Hot" > healthy, right?

KirstenCriswell
Community Member
6 years ago

these are beautiful. But they dont look real. These women are so photoshopped, I dont see their real beauty. And thats what id love to see.

ConanEllistson
Community Member
6 years ago

i would bang any one of these woman why are people so picky you can find beauty in all of them

SteveSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

Some healthy women, and some unhealthy morbidly obese women.

Cookie
Community Member
6 years ago

Them poor flowers.

HannahKobayashi
Community Member
6 years ago

Ahem diversity ❤️ Each person is beautiful in their own unquie way

DaveJohnson
Community Member
6 years ago

Pseudo-intellectual feel good drivel. If everyone is beautiful, then beauty has no meaning. If this were a photo collection of people with dwarfism, would you be saying "Each person is tall in their own unique way"?

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Runge K
Community Member
5 years ago

Black women are ugly asf!!! yuck :/

Claire Cover
Community Member
4 years ago

Your personality is ugly asf

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Kane Alexander
Community Member
5 years ago

Obesity is not attractive it ts unhealthy and causes death. Why is it betrayed as beauty here?

JenJenR
Community Member
6 years ago

I wish she'd included at least one person who was obviously disabled.

Hanna
Community Member
6 years ago

Why does everything have to be so PC? I'm older, I have sags, wrinkles, bags, too many lbs... I really personally don't want to see them on myself, never mind broadcast them to the world. And these pictures were airbrushed too. If I was obese I sure wouldn't want to be naked to the world that's for sure.

Lisarose42
Community Member
6 years ago

Eww

AmyHedges
Community Member
6 years ago

Second to last one is a guy right?

JoeJackson
Community Member
6 years ago

All I saw were numbers...like 12am, 2am, 3am and never again ! I am sure their all wonderful people ! But "Sexy" is not a word I would use for half of them. Being honest.

DajamesHouse
Community Member
6 years ago

H,H,P,H,H,H,P,H,H,H,H,H,H,H

DavidCohen
Community Member
6 years ago

No we can objectify every woman in the world? Isn't that wonderful!

PaulPittaro
Community Member
6 years ago

Uggghhhhh, some of these look like beached whales. Ugly you can forgive, but a lot of these women are just plain fat. If they want to be considered beautiful, they should stop being lazy and join a gym.

FLAKKFLAKK
Community Member
6 years ago

them bitch bat and ugly hell to the nooooo

SILVANUSOKUMU
Community Member
6 years ago

this just goes to show, how we all discriminate, all the comments are directed at My Plus Size Sisters yet dem skinny gals ain't got a single comment

SherrieLeavelle
Community Member
6 years ago

As woman in her later years this makes me a bit uneasy but I applaud their ability not to hide what God may have given them. They expose nothing and look very brave.

powderbunny
Community Member
6 years ago

This is the only negative comment I have ever posted, but these photos are totally edited! You are increasing the misogyny toward women.

JimPayne
Community Member
6 years ago

Haha

piano(AxelRod)
Community Member
6 years ago

i'm sorry to say this everyone but... igotabonerasadadfagd

AbiPower
Community Member
6 years ago

They're all badly photo shopped...

ZeeYanthy
Community Member
6 years ago

13 picture is male

BridgetKelly
Community Member
6 years ago

the women are beautiful but the real question is, how many were actually photo-shopped? Many of us have strength marks..

TomSmith
Community Member
6 years ago

It would be best to leave out the obese chicks. .

JewelsVern
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm sorry, I totally missed the challenge to American beauty standards. The standard I see here is that there are endless waves of women who will pose naked, and they all have perfect complections, even the fatties. Every woman I meet is sour, suspicious, has winers in her crows feet, and I really don't want to see her naked.

Benny
Community Member
6 years ago

You get back the kind of energy you give out...

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ChristyWelichko
Community Member
6 years ago

I think most of these women look disgusting.

xxNephlimxx
Community Member
6 years ago

Fat, ugly

aQMohra
Community Member
6 years ago

Women are the only ones who get to challenge beauty standards. Men are supposed to accept today's women any which way they come, or else we're body-shaming bigots and haters. And yet women indulge in body-shaming, bigotry, and judgement so offhandedly that no one even seems to notice, including them. If you look on Match.com, the height minimum for men is locked-in at 6,' the minimum salary requirement is usually around $50K, and they expect an undergraduate degree...and many are now requiring men to have tattoos as well. Then there's that race thing. On Facebook women come off like they're bleeding heart liberals out of the Obama Administration. They love EVERYONE! All lives matter! But when it comes to dating, suddenly, they're the Daughters of the KKK. If you're a male with darker skin, you've probably seen it on a dating site. It goes "Not prejudiced, just a preference." So to summarize: In America, 2015, women get to have standards -- and high ones at that -- while men are ex

MonicaRico
Community Member
6 years ago

I know a lot of women on Match.com who don't have those standards about height, salary, education level, and race. you seem to have had a bad experience with online dating, and that's unfortunate, but it's shoddy reasoning to conclude that therefore men are somehow the new oppressed class.

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CelalAydin
Community Member
6 years ago

Huu to many chubby?

DebbieHairgrove
Community Member
6 years ago

I think it shows how women in our country are overweight. I think if you were to ask them if they were happy with their bodies. Over 90% would say no! It's all about choices and lifestyle!

CassandraMetter-Hoffmann
Community Member
6 years ago

I think that 90% you speak of, applies to most women in general, not just your version of "overweight".... I've got skinny/fit friends that have just as many body issues as my thick/curvy/heavy set friends. Body dis-morphic disorder is a real thing.

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DaveJohnson
Community Member
6 years ago

Instead of flower petals, why don't they pose on a bed of candy wrappers and soda cans? After all, isn't the point to challenge traditional notions of beauty?

ChristophOtt
Community Member
6 years ago

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kill it with fire before it lays eggs!

Claire Cover
Community Member
4 years ago

You are disgusting

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KristinRobinson
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6 years ago

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We shouldn't be telling these obese women that they're beautiful. They should be told they're unhealthy, fat, and need to do something about it. Just because people want to stuff their faces with junk food and be lazy doesn't mean we need to change what's considered beautiful. They need to change, not us. This is gross!

CJWeaver
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6 years ago

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Obesity isn't healthy. Neither is being severely underweight. Society is full of followers trying to be way too PC these days.... it's not sexy at all.... also, if this pictorial is to embrace all that omen are why do they all have flawless skin?

CJWeaver
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6 years ago

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Women

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TheSeeker
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6 years ago

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Obesitiy is not sexy/nice/beautiful nor acceptable. Obesity is wrong and not cool at all. Now repeat it several times till you realize it properly.

AmélieBougie
Community Member
6 years ago

Obesity is not a crime, obesity is not ugly because you decide it, obesity is not a conclusive evidence of being unhealthy. Obese people are just human beings who got the right to love themselves and feel happy. Now repeat it several times till you realize that your opinion is not an undeniable truth and that your hate against obesity reveals your lack of self-confidence.

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VictoriaBeagrie
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6 years ago

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Being obese isn't beautiful, being a woman is beautiful. We need to teach our children that being healthy is beautiful, being fit is beautiful. Yes I agree that we are all born different shapes and sizes and that is the beauty of the world but obesity is far from being beautiful.

MarianVanghelie
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6 years ago

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Why do american people think that being fat is socially acceptable? They should not embrace this condition and be proud of it. And no, the fat won't be beautiful ever. Pop culture these days, make us believe that it's OK to be fat. It's ridiculous. There is only one exception: when you're fat because you have somekind of disorder.

CrystalHughes
Community Member
6 years ago

has the thought ever occurred that depression is a disorder

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NadiaDutton
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6 years ago

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what's to celebrate about the woman in this group that range from fat to morbidly obese. There is nothing beautiful about weight related disease and I don't understand why anyone would want to promote obesity.

SéverineBoucherPersico
Community Member
6 years ago

Agree with that !!! I even would say that if it shows women with morbid obesity, then why doesn't he show women with any other handicap (like one leg missing or Down syndrom or anything else ??!).

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RayaPetrova
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6 years ago

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I nearly threw up after I went through these. How can you find fat beautiful? It's a distortion and disgrace to the human body. It's not natural in order to be beautiful.

DaveJohnson
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6 years ago

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Gross.

DianaCrunChewyWatson
Community Member
6 years ago

I really liked this, it was lovely. And these women are incredibly brave. I'm not sure I have the ovaries to do a project like this.

ChipShilpa
Community Member
6 years ago

I like how you said "ovaries" as opposed to the conventional "balls" :D

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