This photo was incredibly difficult to sit for - I felt self-conscious, awkward, self-conscious about my awkwardness!! This is why I am proud to be part of this project-
incredibly talented fashion + art photographer, opens up the conversation about body image and does it with colour and integrity. The series ‘Women in Bathing Suits’ explores the subject of body image and diversity in the female form. In this series of portraits, the sitters - from various ethnic backgrounds and professions - shed light on how they perceive their bodies, as well as how the complexities of their form and/or societal ideas of beauty affect their psyches.
Here are my very honest thoughts about body image, and check out @vikramkushwah
for more portraits of the beautiful and inspiring women who took part in the shoot: “A lot changes in the journey from how I see myself in the mirror to how I picture myself in my mind. Body image in my life has been something all-consuming. Sometimes I like what I see, but mostly I have berated my shape rather than celebrate it, the scars, the curves, lumps, blemishes, bumps. I don’t believe the problem is body image at all, it’s more “mind image”- the “not good enough” attitude that I think many of us women and men have adopted without respite.
Yet I do love my body. I am deeply grateful to be in this body. And I look after my body as best I can. I do criticise my body, most parts of it, regularly. Still, I know and love the body that is mine, and remind myself that this battle going on inside of me is happening in the minds of most of my peers, the strangers I pass on the street, even the models who walk into my yoga class. Yoga, dance and pranayama have helped me to be in my body, to let my mind go, and for a short moment that ridiculous concept “not good enough” is far, far away.”
~ Victoria Adams
It felt difficult to share this without berating the parts of myself I do not like.... which is ridiculous! Vikram and @julieelagrace
thank you for the beauty in your work and in your friendship. Now let’s open up the discussion on why are we so hard on ourselves!! #bodyimage #1950s #retro #photography #bathingsuits #blonde #red