Adipositivity

I just read about this new photo collective called The Adipositivity Project, created to promote size acceptance through, as the website puts it, "a visual display of fat physicality. The sort that's normally unseen." The ultimate goal? Broadening definitions of what it means to be beautiful...

This reminds me of a phenomenally innovative and sensitive photographer I interviewed last year for a story in Women's Health—her name is Holly Sasnett and she takes nude photos of women struggling with eating disorders ranging from anorexia to compulsive overeating. Like The Adipositivity Project, documented by New Yorker Substantia Jones, Sasnett does not include her subjects' faces. Not because they should be ashamed, but because looking at a photo of yourself without your face—or looking at your body in mirror from only the neck-down, for that matter—allows you to take a step back and view your physique as an outside would. One who doesn't live with your insecurities or concerns or fears. I've tried this, and it really works—if I stand on my toilet in the master bathroom, the mirror cuts me off at the head and I see my body in a whole new, more objective light.

I love these photos because they show beauty where people often assume ugliness or regret live. I 'm not necessarily saying I would be comfortable in the exact bodies they inhabit...I'm still on my journey to love the one I have right now. But as The Adipositivity Project states, the women behind these images "are educators, executives, mothers, musicians, professionals, performers, artists, activists, clerks, and writers. They are perhaps even the women you've clucked at on the subway, rolled your eyes at in the market, or joked about with your friends. [And] this is what they look like with their clothes off."

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