Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty: Models from My Community

Day 4 of Body Image Week:

If you read one post of mine this week, please make it this one. This project is the accomplishment I’m most proud of in the last year. It’s simple: my community came together to make photos of a real, diverse group of people. Why? To prove that using models outside the current beauty ideal can actually be a very beautiful thing.

Tip of My Tongue

Two weeks ago, I was standing in a hot warehouse watching some of my favorite people leap in the air, strikes poses, and play in front of a camera. I was loving everything I saw because – unlike in most traditional fashion spreads – everyone was smiling.

Welcome to the Model Community project. Those smiles are the crux of why I started this initiative. Being a person should be enjoyable. Having a body should be empowering. Wearing clothes you like should be uplifting. Right now, the impact the media has on body image makes all these things harder than they should be, because we see a narrow range of what’s considered beautiful and we question the validity of our own bodies. We can’t find fashionable clothing to fit us and we drift between “regular” and “plus size” stores, wondering where we belong. We hope our sense of self and our knowledge that we…

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4 responses to “Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty: Models from My Community

  1. Jennie
    Congratulations, outstanding work, well done. You’ve really captured people at their best. It was Sophia Loren who is quoted as saying “Nothing makes a woman so beautiful as the belief that she is beautiful”, it’s all about the inside, isn’t it…Love your work. Respect REDdog

    • Sophia Loren is a force of nature. I also love this quote from Audrey Hepburn: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

      Smart, beautiful women.

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