THE BODY IMAGE(S) REVISITED WITH NEWS!


Beauty is not exclusive.


"History is filled with women that were soft, voluptuous, and enviable for their ideal figure. When food equaled power, it allowed you to thrive when others could not and this became the ultimate luxury. Today, we have shifted the same priorities to money. And so,  in the 50's when the housewares economy sunk, advertisers looked to a market that wouldn't disappear. They wanted a promise of riches that wouldn't fade with the times... and so they chose two things that would always be: age and beauty. They then created an "ideal" that doesn't physically exist, so that women would  forever attempt to purchase perfection.
Here we are, 60 years later still hating ourselves and our bodies for not being something that was created in an office by professional marketers decades ago. Because of this blip in history, we all find ourselves in the same boat of self doubt no matter our size, shape, or shade. This leaves us with a choice. Will we listen to others and their "opinion" of our worth? Or will we decide our own definition of beautiful and know that it means each and every single one of us? I, personally, will choose the latter."  -via

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''Body Image(s)' is a photography series by Jes of JSPhotography that showcases the many sizes, shapes, and shades of beauty.
We often lose ourselves within the concept that the ideal body image is unilateral; that it excludes all save a few. The reality is though, that when you step away from societal norms, you start to see that “ideal” is relative and that beauty is ubiquitous. There is no 'right' or 'wrong' shape or size; Kate Moss is just as stunning as the “Venus of Willendorf” and vice a versa . This is not a personal opinion, but rather a fact.
By photographing the diversity of the female body, Jes' hopes were to empower women by embracing all beauty and educating others while eradicating exclusivity.  Wondering if she could gather a dozen volunteers to bare their skin, she was overwhelmed when her mailbox filled with women willing to embrace body acceptance and self love.
This series has turned into a two way gift. A gift to the photographer, as the models donated their time and offered an intimate invitation to be photographed, and a gift from the photographer as the images were given to each model as visual proof of their exquisiteness. Each session was lovely, but as they progressed, Jes noticed that each woman left with a renewed self-confidence. This, she felt, was the greatest outcome she could have hoped for." -via

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It's your lucky day  because I just shared some images that haven't been published until this very second. Whoo-hoo! Amiright? My sole purpose of this project was to provide a more diverse body representation out there in the image-y world, and guess what? I ended up taking over 15,000 photos of these beautiful women. That's a nice little dent, isn't it? I wanted to visually introduce you to the women who all embraced their vulnerability and faced their fears in the name of empowerment. Empowerment for them, for me, and for you. I can't thank them enough.

So, the news: I'm going to be starting up Body Image(s) shoots again! I scheduled shoots until I couldn't anymore, and now I'm ready to sign all those up who have been waiting. I would also really love to extend the diversity into the exploration of age and transgender women. Crossing my fingers. 

If you want to be updated on this project, you can like the Facebook page here! I'll be posting photos, both old and new as well as sending out model calls. You're also welcome to visit the "official page". It's shiny.

As far as this blog goes, I shared some images in these posts: first, second, third, and fourth. You can also read my interview about Body Image(s) with Beutiful Magazine here. I liked answering the questions they asked... I even wrote a post about it.

Pretty snazzy huh?

If you lived near me, would you want to model for the Body Image(s) project? I would ask you to bring a pair of white undies and a smile. Would you have the bravery if I asked?!?!?

83 comments

  1. Absolutely beautiful photos! Really truly stunning, I so wish I lived closer to you to take part. :) x

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  2. Gorgeous pictures. I did a nude photo shoot to bolster my confidence, and for another photographer's plan to show "non-traditional" beauty, but ended up hating myself even more once I saw the actual pictures. Slowly but surely working on that.

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    1. Thats interesting! I had the opposite experience. I wonder what you got out of it (if anything)?

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    2. I think I would probably feel the same way... I feel beautiful until I see a photo of me. I can deal with face shots but I don't know if I would be brave enough to try full body poses.

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    3. I would love for someone to help me see the beauty in me. I recently started taking more photos of myself and everyone always comments on my smile. I always hated my smile because of my teeth. Everyone I mention it too says they never saw my teeth it is my face and eyes that gets them. Others can see beauty we miss. I now love my smile!
      I loved these photos and found these women confident, beautiful and inspiring.

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    4. I think it is a shame that most women focus on the negative aspect of their being and not all of the positives. Men do this too but I've noticed that society tends to mold women to focus on the negative and men on the positive.

      Hopefully, someday, that will balance out.

      To Anonymous and Nancy, The right person (either as friends or lovers) see the inner beauty and they focus on the outer aspects they find appealing. It is only ourselves and the haters (who don't really matter) who focus on the negative parts.

      To Fooseberry, I was always shy about my teeth (not white enough and bottoms are crooked). It took me years of random people complimenting on my "white" teeth and handsome smile to realize that because I see myself multiple times a day, all my life, in a mirror, I see imperfections that no one else even notices.

      Accept that you have a beautiful smile and accept that those people would only compliment you if they mean it.

      Also to Jes, as a voluptuous body lover, I gotta say, I REALLY loved the photo shoots. (I'm a guy, so shoot me :) )

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    5. I think it is a shame that most women focus on the negative aspect of their being and not all of the positives. Men do this too but I've noticed that society tends to mold women to focus on the negative and men on the positive.

      Hopefully, someday, that will balance out.

      To Anonymous and Nancy, The right person (either as friends or lovers) see the inner beauty and they focus on the outer aspects they find appealing. It is only ourselves and the haters (who don't really matter) who focus on the negative parts.

      To Fooseberry, I was always shy about my teeth (not white enough and bottoms are crooked). It took me years of random people complimenting on my "white" teeth and handsome smile to realize that because I see myself multiple times a day, all my life, in a mirror, I see imperfections that no one else even notices.

      Accept that you have a beautiful smile and accept that those people would only compliment you if they mean it.

      Also to Jes, as a voluptuous body lover, I gotta say, I REALLY loved the photo shoots. (I'm a guy, so shoot me :) )

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  3. Beautiful! If only I lived near you, I'd love to have some shots like this. They are all so stunningly radiant!

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  4. This makes me wish I lived in Arizona.

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  5. So beautiful! I would definitely take part if I lived near you! :)

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  6. I would! If you were in New Zealand, I would go and buy some white undies and model with pride for you :)

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  7. If you were in New Zealand, I would love to model for you!

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  8. i love them!!! they are gorgeous and my favourite part of these photos are the stunning SMILES on each woman's face. It's inspiring! I admire each and every one of those women.

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  9. 15,000 photos! That's not a dent, that's a crater of awesome!

    And your interview is fabulous. I can't help but smile when I read/watch any of your interviews. =D See? Smiles!

    If only Wisconsin was a little bit closer to Arizona, I would totally put on some white undies (and I really love the ruffle ones! Too cute!!) and be a brave soul. You're the whole reason why I learned to love my body and not let it be my enemy. Thanks, you're awesome and someone every woman should aspire to be. Yay!

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  10. :-) I need to get visa, plane ticket and pair of white undies (why white? :-O I have every other colour but white :-P) and beware! here I come (but give me at least 3 years for getting bloody visa...)

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  11. So many beautifully breathtaking photos, so many gorgeous woman and bodies! I wish I lived closer!

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  12. Beautiful photography, beautiful subjects!

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  13. I adore these sooo much! Your photos have done so much to help me learn body love and acceptance, and I'm thrilled to learn that you're doing more! I so wish I was in the area to model . . . any chance you'll make it to Europe? ;)

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  14. Beautiful photo series, so inspiring :)

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  15. This is so beautiful! I would so do this even though I am the shyest low-self esteem girl out there. Too bad I'm far away!

    xx, C

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  16. Breathtaking and beautiful, you awe and inspire me.

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  17. This is Fantastic Every woman should be reading your blogs this is empowering women and our bodies. Love yourself as you are you are Gorgeous!

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  18. This is so, so happy and unusual, to simultaneously (1) see women I can identify with AND (2) think "They're beautiful."

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    1. For me too, it was seeing someone that looked like me (15th down right before the second paragraph) and thinking that she was gorgeous that gave me permission to think the same (maybe;)) about myself.

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  19. When I was 20 and in 'great' shape I did some non-professional modeling. I was pretty shy but we had several sessions that helped. I'm still that shy person but some day I'd do that. I'd love to do that.
    Want to visit Washington state? Lots of greenery up here to make some great backdrops. I've got room for visitors.
    Please keep up the great work.

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  20. Love these. I also love the ruffled undies! But please tell me that there was no one able to look in the curtain-less windows? I mean, I guess that's a minor concern considering the photos are being posted on the internet, but still! :-D Totally awesome idea.

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    1. We didn't care about visitors! The more the merrier!

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    2. Yeah, I did naked jumping jacks in front of that window and didn't even think about it. Oops :)

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    3. When you know lots of folks are going to peek your body through the project, the windows don't seem scary at all. And with Jes, you start having so much FUN and laughing that you really aren't aware of anything but how good you feel. Eight months later, when I see the work, I still feel just as amazing.

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  21. I need to see where you live, because I'd absolutely want to model for you! This is fantastic - I love it!

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing this. These images are just stunning, each and every one of them. You should be very proud of your work (and it seems as though you are!) Also, hats off to these incredible ladies. I don't think I'd be brave enough to do this, but I'm so glad they mustered the courage to take part. It's such a big deal.

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  23. Not only would I want to pose - i'd want to convince my 17 year old to do so (though i'm sure that's breaking a whole billion lotta laws in that great ole state of Tucson!).

    Moving there this summer....I'm going to have to buy me some cute white panties;)

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  24. These are incredible! I really believe every woman should spend some time in front of a camera with a photographer that can show them the beauty the rest of the world sees. I know that working with some amazing local photographers has helped me to see myself from an outsiders perspective and not my own self-critical-eye. We are taught from a young age to hate our bodies and then spend the rest of our lives trying to learn to love them instead. I'm a tall, curvy woman and now that I'm in my early 30's I'm finally at a point where I love my body, feel like I am the hottest bitch around, and try to help more women to love their curves and rolls and breasts and ass... Etc, etc! Your blog is wonderful, keep doing what you're doing!!! If I wasn't up in Portland, I would love love love to do a shoot with you! If you end up doing some traveling with your camera, I'm sure I'm not the only lady that would be interested! :)

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  25. This made my day. And I am painfully hung over so that's really saying something.
    The ruffled undies one is delightful and the image of the woman with the labret is one of my favorites.
    Each of them, though, is so beautiful and has given me a way to feel better about my own body.
    Thank you so much, Jes!

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  26. Beautiful pics and as far as I am concerned everyone is so perfect. It makes me kinda sad not to see women such as myself. I have horrible (no really) stretch marks from my son 21 yrs ago. They left my stomach close to disfigured. Where are the older women? I think I saw one. I'm 42, where is my age group? I work really hard to fight ageism and I know without any doubt you did not intentionally leave older women out. BUT we need to be seen more in our aging beauty.
    It would be incredible to see women with bodies either really marked by life such as birth or cancer and women who are fighting age with tooth and nail. Refusing to lay down and become old.

    I'm in Phoenix, I got stretch marks, skin that sags because I lost a lot of weight, my hair is blonde and dreaded up to the middle of my back. And while it scares the shit out of me fuck yeah I'll do it if you want. I am moving in a couple months though?

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  27. I'd love to, and I do leave nearby! Kind of. Phoenix, anyway. This is such an amazing, wonderful project.

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  28. Another fan here of the ruffled undies and their lovely owner.

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  29. Can not view your official body image page. Can you tell me if I'm doing something wrong?

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  30. Beautiful pictures.... albeit somewhat shocking, in a good way! Most pictures I see of full figured women are soft and air brushed without flaws. I applaud you and the women in the pictures who let us try to see our beauty in every shape and size.

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  31. I would definitely be interested.... Love the pics, we need more positive images of women of all shapes and sizes...

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  32. Absolutely beautiful! I love this series of posts!

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  33. I would pose if I were close enough... sadly I am stuck in Wisconsin. Gorgeous women!

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  34. This post just gave me life!!! Thanks!

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  35. Just found your blog.
    LOVE!!!
    For 40 years I was a string bean. I'd been called a boy even which I remember struck me as odd...I was a girl for Pete's sake!!
    Now I'm
    On the cusp of 51....took till I was 45 to get curves.
    LOVE THEM!!!
    And so does my hubby. He never complained when I was a twig could out eat him and never complains about the 33 pounds I've gained since we met in high school....one for each year we've been married.
    So I've been on both sides...I guess I've been blessed to simply love who I was/am...but I do think its harder for females to accept their bodies now mainly because of all the media that comes at us. I have a daughter who is a free spirit surfer chick who was heavy as a youngster and now is thin as an adult. I have a granddaughter who is barely 6 months old and I will always do my best to help her to love herself whatever may be her weight, deficiencies, talents and quirks!
    We are ALL different...I think that makes life exciting and wonderful :)
    I'm sure proud of you!
    Thank you for bring honestly YOU :)

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  36. I DO live near you, and I would LOVE to come model for you if you'd have me :)

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  37. If I didn't live so far away (Virginia), I would love to do this. I am 47 and full-figured and love my body. It took many, many years to get to that point, due to low self-esteem. I try not to let people get to me but sometimes they do. I was amazed to see that some of the women you photographed had bodies that were very similar to mine! I can't tell you how happy that makes me! Thank you so much for sharing your project, such a labor of love. <3

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  38. If I didn't live so far away (Virginia), I would love to do this. I am 47 and full-figured and love my body. It took many, many years to get to that point, due to low self-esteem. I try not to let people get to me but sometimes they do. I was amazed to see that some of the women you photographed had bodies that were very similar to mine! I can't tell you how happy that makes me! Thank you so much for sharing your project, such a labor of love. <3

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  39. I don't know if I live near you, but YES!! ABSOLUTELY!! I would model for you - just me and a pair of white undies :)

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  40. YES!!! ABSOLUTELY!!! Just me and my white undies :)

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  41. I wish I lived closer, like in the lower 48 at all! I love love love the project. Beautiful

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  42. These are amazing! I'd love to model for you, darn living in London town. If you're ever in the UK, I am so there! ;)

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  43. Fabulous! And totally empowering. Love it!

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  44. I'm a week or so away from going on stage starkers for a community theatre productions of Calendar Girls. I find that I'm fine with being on stage, but we took some photos for publicity reasons and all I could see was the parts of me I'm less than happy with. And then I look at your photos, and so many of those women look like me, and I think they are beyond gorgeous! Seems I've got some work of my own to do. Thank you!

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  45. What happy and beautiful ladies! I wish I had that confidence like I once did. They are so inspiring : )

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  46. If only you were on the east coast... this would be a fabulous way to help gain self confidence. I love you and your confidence/courage the more I read from your blog! <3

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  47. MY WONDERFUL SEXY WIFE SHOULD BE ON THIS! THANK YOU LADIES!!!

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  48. Those ladies are absolutely beautiful. REAL ladies who's happy being themselves. It's been a while since I felt good about myself but they inspire a flame in me to do what it takes to make myself feel happy and beautiful again and not let the people around me make me feel low. I LOVE IT : )

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  49. Lovely work and early days I'm sure, but hopefully there will be a few more "shades" of beauty in future, because it's not the real diversity of female bodies when the majority are pale-skinned women. A great initiative though, thank you.

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  50. I got "I'm Still Here" from Follies stuck in my head while I was looking for this. Don't know. Thought it was poignant.

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  51. Beautiful and inspiring! Great work! <3

    -Fe-

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  52. Such loveliness! I happened upon you at just the right time. Thank you for being here

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  53. These are all gorgeous, but it's not exactly helping the problematic "white = beautiful" stereotype. Where are all the other skin tones? Would love to see more pictures of ladies like me with cinnamon skin!

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  54. im no beauty or ravishingly handsome bloke and models in magazines and the media sponsored girls and ladies are good to look at. but life pushes beauty. GIVE ME A CUDDLY CHICK, CHOOK, OR OLD BOILER EVERY TIME. LOLOL. I LOVE BIGGER WOMEN. ONCE END UP DRAGGED INTO BED WITH A DESPERATE WOMAN TWICE MY SIZE AND HER GIRLFRIEND CAME IN VIA THE SPARE KEY. I WONT TELL YOU THE GORY BITS, BUT THEY NEVER LET ME OUT FOR 3 DAYS. I WAS HOOKED FOR LIFE. STILL AM. GLAD TO SEE SOME WOMEN THAT ARE PLUS SIZE AND HAPPY. XXXXOOOO.

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  55. I loved the photos of all the women. My favorite, of those posted in this blog, was the one of a back view of a woman in white ruffled undies with a little bow. Now that is truly gorgeous, feminine and flirtatious. I love the shape outline that is so absolutely female. That picture is the epitome of a woman. I have been both heavy and thin. Both have their benefits. But should it not come down to where you feel the best? Isn't that what beauty really is? Feeling the best that you can feel, to me, is beautiful. Keep up the good work.

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  56. These are so great! I smiled through every wonderful page of this. The shot with the ruffled underwear made me so happy! Thank you for making this old girl, who has always felt bad about her weight, feel a little bit more beautiful today. Where were you forty years ago?

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  57. I think everyone in this article is a beautiful,amazing woman! Thank you for sharing reality with everyone! :-)

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  58. Stumbled onto this via a Yahoo story. Loved seeing all the beautiful women who had the courage to pose for a talented photographer. Don't be afraid to do it, ladies. I thought all the women looked great.

    Donn

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  59. I cried. This is amazing. I am so happy I found your blog today. You have given me empowerment. You have raised my self esteem a little, enough to make it through the day, maybe week. This blog is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much!

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  60. By the way, tell that top woman, they is the most gorgeous hair I've seen. Such a beautiful mix of grey and color.

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  61. Jes, I applaud you on your absolutely amazing insights into the mind of a size 22 women, as I am also! The world is changing; but not fast enough. Even larger size brands (Torrid, Lane Bryant, etc.) continue to take pictures of their ideal plus size woman; who usually are a size 12 or 14. Yet, I have noticed something. The average plus size woman is about a 20 or 22 or 24. I am no marketing genius but I have come to this conclusion because those are the sizes that sell out quickly with the 12, 14, 16s left over on the clearance rack.

    In summary, I would like to see your next photo shoot with women that are clothed primarily in brands that are marketed towards plus size women but still are prejudice to the true plus size form.

    I mean no harm to brands like Torrid, because I would be naked without them. I just wish the models were more realistic. Use a model that is a 22 or a 24. I want to see what the clothing would really look like on me, not a smaller/taller version of me.

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  62. Jes, I applaud you on your absolutely amazing insights into the mind of a size 22 women, as I am also! The world is changing; but not fast enough. Even larger size brands (Torrid, Lane Bryant, etc.) continue to take pictures of their ideal plus size woman; who usually are a size 12 or 14. Yet, I have noticed something. The average plus size woman is about a 20 or 22 or 24. I am no marketing genius but I have come to this conclusion because those are the sizes that sell out quickly with the 12, 14, 16s left over on the clearance rack.

    In summary, I would like to see your next photo shoot with women that are clothed primarily in brands that are marketed towards plus size women but still are prejudice to the true plus size form.

    I mean no harm to brands like Torrid, because I would be naked without them. I just wish the models were more realistic. Use a model that is a 22 or a 24. I want to see what the clothing would really look like on me, not a smaller/taller version of me.

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  63. As someone who has battled both anorexia and bulimia on and off since I was 16 (I am 36 now), this made me cry. Because I feel like I'm finally coming to a place where I am more at peace with my body but that is only perhaps half the time. The other half I still tear myself apart, look at myself and feel horrified that I am overweight since having children(153 lbs and 5'2")and feel not good enough and gross. I wish I could feel confident and love myself AS IS all the time... I hope someday to get there. Thanks for posting this <3

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  64. Would you do a guys shoot?

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  65. This is incredible and incredibly moving. I grew up hearing: You have such a gorgeous face. And that's where it stopped. That comment didn't go below my neck. And so began a lifetime of hating my body, of abusing my body through my eating disorder, It's only by God's grace and amazing treatment opportunities that I am in recovery. While my body hasn't changed much, my attitude towards it has little by little. Seeing these women and their complete and utter abandonment of any mantel of shame or embarrassment (though I am sure it was difficult stripping down...no matter their size) is such an inspiration and affirmation. Keep up the good work!! Voices that speak truth will overcome those that speak lies...

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  66. Maravilhosas as fotos, são mulheres linda sim. Porque não? Parabéns!! ♥

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  67. Maravilhoso trabalho meninas. Linda sim. Parabéns! ♥

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  68. That first quote bugs me, because it's not entirely true. There were ads for undergarments to slim down women and food stuffs and beauty products as far back as the 30s and even the late 1800s. Jane Austen's characters worried about being fat. So, the war against fat didn't start in the 50s, it started over 150 years ago, and possible earlier. This isn't a modern battle, but I do think it's worsened with our ever-present media.

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  69. I just love these shots. They are not sexual or to prove anything. Just pure. All of the models are amazing and need to see what the rest of us see. Beauty. Thanks for this :)

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  70. WOW! They're all very beautiful! Thanks!

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  71. Jes, I just have to say, I think you are gorgeous! I love your smile! <33

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