Who knew that “real women” are all under 35 and none of them more than 15 pounds overweight! Clearly, I myself am a figment of my own imagination.
Meanwhile via Boing Boing, here are some real real women from Frank Cordelle’s book of photography Bodies and Souls: The Century Project. According to the photographer, The Century Project is “a series of nude photographs accompanied by highly personal and moving statements by women whose lives span 100 years. The words and pictures combine to form a powerful statement about body image, society’s portrayal of women in the media, sexuality, pornography, and women’s health issues.”
Links contain nudity and a graphic birth photo, and are not worksafe.
From the women’s statements:
The day this photograph was made, I stood in front of another mirror: naked and alone, and for the first time in years, I had to SEE myself.
It was terrifying!
At first I was repulsed, I wanted to turn and run. All I saw was fat, undesirability, flaws and failure.
But the more I forced myself to look, the more I began to see her. She was reaching out to me and I was willing to let her.
– Christina, age 44
Life at it’s fullest at 94. A little naughty always. I love men and adore the Naturist clubs that have rejuvenated me.
I posed nude so some old lady will not fear age and some old men would know old women are not so strange.
– Mary, age 94