If you open up just about any women’s underwear catalog, you'll likely see a recurring theme: Each model is positioned in a way to make them appear perfect, where folds of skin, acne and cellulite don’t exist. One Australian photographer is trying to change that.
“Underneath, We Are … Women” is a photography series created by Amy Herrmann, which will feature 100 women of all shapes and sizes modeling in their underwear. “I wanted the images to have a familiar aesthetic, that of which we see in glossy magazines and billboards, but with one distinct difference; diversity of the body,” explains Herrmann on underneathiam.com, the website where these images will appear. “I want to show a hugely diverse range of women. I want to give people the opportunity to relate with an image and to connect." Scroll down for more photos.
Herrmann's campaign, hosted on the crowdfunding site Pozible, has already reached its goal, but donations still can be taken until August 16.
The four images that have been released so far highlight four distinct women. Each image features a quote, complete with a powerful adjective that describes her: “Loud," “Tenacious," “Determined" and “Strength." Eight more images will be released in early September. The goal of these photographs is to publicize the diversity of the body in a powerful and beautiful way, and one look at them shows that Herrmann is succeeding.
“Education is key to giving women AND men a better understanding and appreciation for the diversity of the female body and the ways in which it grows, shapes and changes over time.” Herrmann said. “I want women to be able to take a look in the mirror and say, 'That’s me. This is me, at this stage in my life and at this point in my journey, and that’s OK. I’m OK with me.'"
H/T: Hello Giggles