Beautiful The Way We Are

January 18, 2017

The SheBrisbane girls come in many shapes, sizes and colours and not one person is more ‘normal’ than the other. So when we came across a recent article about a photographer who captured images of 40 ‘real’ women in bid to change the way the world views the female form we had to share…

Khaleda Rahman of the Daily Mail tells the story of Emily Lauren, a photographer from Canada who photographed more than 40 ordinary women in their underwear to promote body positivity.

‘Instead of focusing on what women need to do to “improve” their bodies, I want to prove that we are beautiful the way we are,’ she said.

3c298c1400000578-4121240-image-a-15_1484535564403The photographs will be featured in her book ‘Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body,’ which she has written but is raising funds to publish through a Kickstarter campaign.

The mother-of-one has continued to photograph women of all shapes and sizes while working as a marketing manager.

‘This book is a must have for any girl who feels their body doesn’t quite fit into society’s standards,’ she added.

Emily, who has a degree in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University, started the project three years ago in a bid to create something that would help young women manage their body image issues.

‘I’ve completed a beautiful manuscript that focuses on how we learn about body image, how the media profits off of our body dissatisfaction and the issues that result,’ Emily wrote in a post on her Kickstarter page.

As well as photographs, Emily says her book includes interviews, information and work sheets for young women to complete.

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