Your Body Ain’t Wrong, Girlfriend. {67 Untouched Nude Photos}

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Jes M. Baker is an internationally known blogger and body activist famous for encouraging others to learn to love and accept their bodies exactly as they are.

 

Bonus: Speaking of underpants, let’s learn about “maitri,” the Buddhist practice of accepting oneself fully:

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Jes’s mission is to spread the word that we are all different. Images we are shown through magazines and television represent a very small proportion of the true size of women’s bodies and by comparing ourselves we are limiting ourselves and creating a culture of low confidence and low self-esteem.

To spread her message further, Jes teamed up with the photographer Liora K. to present images of 98 different randomly selected women (Jes Baker and Liora K. also participated.)

With no use of Photoshop or any other light or camera tricks to give any false illusions, the women were pictured naked, fully comfortable and fully loving their own unique bodies.

Jes begins her campaign with these words:

“Tell me something. When was the last time you opened up your browser and saw a beautiful image of a body shape that looked just like yours?

When was the last time you saw an image of skin markings that looked just like yours?

When was the last time you saw an image of breasts that looked just like yours? An ass that looked just like yours? Scars that looked just like yours? A belly that looked just like yours?
Unless you’re a celebrity look alike and have real time Photoshop (like, a program that follows and moves with you) I’m going to guess that for the majority of us…it’s been a while.

It’s been a while since we’ve (or maybe we’ve never) seen our body positively represented with that overwhelming flood of images that fills our social media feeds, televisions, and magazines.
I think it’s time to change that.”

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More from Jes:

“So much of the female body that we see is pushed up. Pinned down. Sucked in, tucked in, and airbrushed. Its only presentable state is when it’s altered, and so when we look at ourselves in the mirror (naked, untucked, and vulnerable) we say ‘My body must be wrong’…Your body ain’t wrong, girlfriend.”

On seeing the completed project Jes said, “I was in awe when Liora showed me the final images…each and every body is so gorgeous to me. I’ve flipped through these images time and time again, every click deserving its own breath. I see it. I see the beauty. I see the diversity. I see the vulnerability. I see the power.”

Jes also wishes to repeat this campaign again and again until the unrealistic perceptions of beauty become a “blur.”

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Photographer Liora K. spoke about the selection process on her blog saying that they set up a capped Facebook group and selected the first 96 women who applied:

“What I really wanted the women to get out of our time (however brief) together was that they were important. That their bodies deserved to be seen, that what they perceive as faults are simply them, and are neither right nor wrong.

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That showing their bodies won’t innately cause them harm. That their breasts won’t cause damage to those around them, or their bellies or thighs either. That their nudity, while making them vulnerable, does not make them at fault. And that lastly, their bodies are their vehicles through life, and to treat them with kindness.”

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This project was not set up to try to glorify or define one particular body shape or size.

Its purpose is to point out that there is no “normal” body type, that certain body types are not “sexier” or “more beautiful” than others. This was a randomly selected group of women and the photos show that there are so many variations to body shape and size—not just the small selection of images that we regularly see presented to us through the media.
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Each one of them is unique and beautiful in their own special way—yes, they may seem similar to others, yet they are completely incomparable.

No two are the same.

We are, each of us, exquisite and unique.

Bodies should be celebrated, it’s time we worshipped them and appreciated all that they do for us, understanding that it’s all our tiny imperfections that make us so entirely unique in the world.

Who we are is found on the inside.

 

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As the vehicles that transport us, our bodies are meant to be adored in full form.

In my personal opinion, it would be great if people realized that their negative comments or judgements towards people who they feel do not “fit” their perceived image of perfection say more about themselves than about the person they are directed to.

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Author: Alex Sandra Myles 

Editor: Renée Picard 

Photos: All images via Jes BakerLiora K. Photography and used with permission 

 

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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who does not believe in halves. It is either all or it is nothing at all. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. To find out more or purchase Alex’s paperback book or ebook please click here or click here to connect with her on Facebook, or feel free to join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people to connect.

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60 Responses to “Your Body Ain’t Wrong, Girlfriend. {67 Untouched Nude Photos}”

  1. Sherri Rosen Sherri Rosen says:

    You go gal! Love it!!

    checkout my nudes with text in EJ-Aging With Grace and Authenticity

    http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/03/ripe-aging

  2. Monika Carless monika says:

    Love this, Alex, we have lost so much love for ourselves and our bodies, this is a lovely reminder to honor ourselves as we are.

  3. Teri Brown says:

    Love this! Such beauty in the photos such beauty in the the message!

  4. alicia says:

    All beautiful, all sexy in their own way. I love this!!!! Thank you for taking pictures of real women.

  5. Aussie says:

    Sorry, I see a lot of unhealthy people here who disrespect their bodies. Acceptance of this is no different from endorsing smoking, a habit that, just like a poor diet, will kill you. If you see thin healthy bodies all the time and yours isn't, it is very rational for you to question why yours is different. If the results of poor health habits are making you sad, talk to someone about those feelings, but don't lie to yourself to make yourself feel better about a body in terrible condition. Both physical and emotional health require honesty and healthy habits.

  6. Jul says:

    Well the comment above from Aussie is a little sad. I would think people on this site would be a little more accepting and encouraging. I dont see unhealthy bodies in the images above. I see very healthy women that love who they are and are brave enough to put themselves out there to deal with people judging them. These women may have a few extra pounds or wrinkles or scars or stretch marks, but that is life. We eat, live, have children and nurse those kids. Life changes our bodies and our souls.

    So what if we arent all skinny. Skinny doesnt make you healthy.

  7. Melissa says:

    I love this post project!!

    As a professional body painter, I’m alway trying to give confidence to those who don’t have the classic model shape body…..being painted can help with that & give people a wonderful sence of their own beauty.

    This project is such a wonderful message to all women & men!

    Thank you

  8. Shea says:

    I really disagree with the negative comment left above. Thin does not mean healthy! A thin person can still have a high body fat percentage, and be considered unhealthy. Fact.

    And that’s part of what this is about. To get that stupid notion that “thin” means better out of our minds. And the “flaws” we carry that make us unique, AND beautiful.

  9. Lori Blake says:

    I have always been ashamed of my body and my father has always criticized me for being heavy, I’ve always been big even when I ate one small meal a day and threw 50lb cases all day for my job! Now I’m older and am disabled and I’m still overweight, I rarely feel good enough to eat but still I’m fat now more flabby, thank you for helping me realize people are beautiful no matter what the size, I was always big secure and beautiful but life beat me down!! Thank You So Much, I’m not alone, even tho I am!!!

  10. laportama says:

    I've been going to yoga since 2003, as often as I can without losing a job or committing mayhem to get there.
    My weight goes up and down as much as 20 lbs, with, unfortunately, an up-trend over the long term. This has been going on all my life.
    But as far as looks, I don't care. We're there. THERE, PRESENT.
    Yoga doesn't care what you look like or weigh or what color you are or what … what what…
    My only pertinent observation has been that if my belly gets too big I can't do certain twists are folds, so I have an "obligation" to fit. Ancient text re: classical yoga specify that the devotee does not eat or sleep too little or too much, and the Sutras of Patanali — the grammarian — can be interpreted to expand that understanding of moderation and wellness and right activity.
    FYI, I resemble Baghwan Nityananda most days. And I sweat a lot. And I'm THERE.
    I feel better, most days at age ahem 50+ then I have in my entire life, and my connections with life, love, and the pursuit of happiness continue to improve, as does the quality of the circle of –and relationships with– friends and classmates — including, very much, the teachers.
    My flaws — and yours — are the nubs on my shantung: they are part of the beauty.

  11. Breanna says:

    as a woman of a small stature, being hard for me to gain weight.. I was 89 lbs before I got pregnant. Instantly lost all my weight.. now I am 5’7 a 115 lbs and size A bra at age 22 with a 1 1/2 year old child. I don’t see many bodies like mine either. even in this post… I am going to the doctor to try to gain weight.. And not much is working. I love the meaning of this article but then again I feel like what about us THIN girls who don’t intentionally be thin. everyone thinks all thin girls want to be that way. its not true. I would love to be bigger but I love my body and I embrace it as much as I can even though articles like this make me sad because all these woman are so proud to be in the bodies they have and then also get to flaunt it and get “You look amazing” “you go girls” “so brave to show their bodies” “love the confidence” all that stuff and us thin girls who are hereditary like that don’t get told these things…

    I really do love this article and all these woman are beautiful! But just my feelings. I love seeing unaltered pictures of REAL women!!!

    Keep up the confidence girls I hope I can gain what you guys have!!

    <3 much love

  12. Breanna says:

    as a woman of a small stature, being hard for me to gain weight.. I was 89 lbs before I got pregnant. Instantly lost all my weight.. now I am 5'7 a 115 lbs and size A bra at age 22 with a 1 1/2 year old child. I don't see many bodies like mine either. even in this post… I am going to the doctor to try to gain weight.. And not much is working. I love the meaning of this article but then again I feel like what about us THIN girls who don't intentionally be thin. everyone thinks all thin girls want to be that way. its not true. I would love to be bigger but I love my body and I embrace it as much as I can even though articles like this make me sad because all these woman are so proud to be in the bodies they have and then also get to flaunt it and get "You look amazing" "you go girls" "so brave to show their bodies" "love the confidence" all that stuff and us thin girls who are hereditary like that don't get told these things…

    I really do love this article and all these woman are beautiful! But just my feelings. I love seeing unaltered pictures of REAL women!!!

    Keep up the confidence girls I hope I can gain what you guys have!!

    <3 much love

  13. TF says:

    I have struggled with my body constantly gaining and losing (though mostly gaining) weight since age 15 when put on birth control because my period was going for 3 months at a time shortly after it started. I gained 30 lbs. from the pill and that started decades of being overweight though to varying degrees and unfortunately not ever loving my body. When I got into yoga with “real” yoga teachers (those embracing and passing along the entire philosophy, not just doing what my teacher called ‘Asian calastetics’ for weight loss, in addition to studying Buddhism with my teacher, I tried not to think of my body but put my thoughts on helping others rather than constantly on myself. What brought back my self-consciousness was retreat after retreat with 20 something yogis, all thin, not a bit of cellulite, no stretch marks, perfect muscle tone and often having to share big shower rooms together where I was too embarrassed to shower with the 20-30 women, not one who looked like me. Now I do not blame them for my inability to love my body, but I only wished I could have seen older women, heavier women, scarred, fattier, stretch marked women and the like. To date, even the older ones of this group have thin vastly unmarked bodies. I also found the more cities I practiced in (esp. NY and also SF) the yogis all seemed to be in their 20’s or barley over, thin, gorgeous from societies standards and so on. Yoga does say, as a secondary effect and not one it’s advertising, you will also likely lose weight but my body hasn’t changed much (I certainly could practice more!!) and so I tend to feel self-conscious at many studios or retreats though I know some do have more diversity in students. Yoga Journal is only part of the problem showing models posing in their ‘perfect’ bodies, in a jungle or the like, advertising all I think yoga is not meant to represent. Also, like the article on fb that brought me here today: “The Past 7 Months, What I Lost and What I’m Finding {Nudity}” by Katharine Lucić I spent about 6 years very sick and having to take extremely toxic medicine that ended up making me lose about 40+ lbs., get down to a size 2 or 0 which I had never experienced before, and all I heard from so many people was how great I looked. And like Katherine, I was dying inside. My point to this long winded comment? Yoga doesn’t always make one into a model in body, and not only is not suppose to but I wish I could see more and more real yogis have classes representing all body types and ages like in this beautiful article. I do believe yoga makes you healthy or more healthy, but that just doesn’t always mean much thinner. Nearly every yoga publication publisizes these thin vogish bodies which I find extremely irresponsible, having little if anything to do with yoga itself (most of the models are not yoga teachers) and where are these bodies I see in this article in relation to yoga and spiritual growth?

  14. Freya Burnett says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! I adore this and everything it stands for xxxxx

  15. suzi says:

    Beautiful article. I lost my self asteem when I had a bilateral mastectomy. Not happy with my body.

  16. Lura says:

    Thank you for doing this! This was one of the most beautiful and uplifting photo artistry I have seen.
    I am a 45 yr old mom and nana…I had 3 children and through my wonderful heritage and genetics, I have multiple stretch marks, and my weight has been an issue my whole life. I am 5’5 and at my highest weight 297 lbs, I was miserable. I had RNY gastric bypass surgery 3 years ago. One of my inscision sites acquired a MRSA infection! In the process of the past 3 years I injured my back severely at my job..which shut down any and all exercise! I have lost around 100lbs but that stalled. I also had a hysterectomy and a large breast mass removed in this time! My point is this, my body looks like Frankenstein! Loose skin and so many awful scars! I am still not at what would be considered a “healthy” weight, but I still feel sexy! I remind myself daily that I am a survivor of so many things and to keep shuffling along! We need to stop judging people based on appearance! Everyone has a story…everyone has genetics that decide what we look like!
    Sorry this is so long, but I needed to share my story. Thank you again for doing this.

  17. KACar says:

    How sad that Aussie sees beauty only in perfection. If she were to see a photo of my body, no doubt she’d put me in the rejection pile. However, my mastectomy scars and soft rolls tell a story of survival. I would much rather be in this ravaged body with loving my heart than in hers with her judgemental mind. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  18. jorge says:

    All I can say is “well done” all women are beautiful regardless of their size, shape and color but unfortunately big so called fashion companies make them feel like freaks by using size 10 models that are really representing 8% of all women. Keep up the great work they are all stunning

  19. Owl says:

    I love this raw celebration of the female form! It's ALL good! Thank you thank you thank you, all who created, shared, and participated!

  20. Owl says:

    I'm tired of "never good enough", it's such an illusion. Celebrate the real, imperfect is perfect & perfection is a tyrant!

  21. Jack says:

    As a Man, who appreciates the female form, I would like to say thank you for this honest look at the modern woman. Male friends and I have discussed our opinions of the “perfect female body” at length. Very few of us consider the thin, “runway model body” to be our favorite body type. In fact, most of us prefer the more “classic beauty” body. That can be described as fuller, more rounded, curvaceous body. That being said, we have all know beautiful women who had slight or slim body types, and we agree there is absolutely nothing “wrong” with them. There is SO much more to a woman than just her body shape. My wife is approaching middle age, and is almost obsessing over having gained a few pounds, and the effect it has on her shape. I keep telling her to relax a bit about it, that it is natural for her to experience a change in her body as she ages. I have been fortunate in my 59 years, to have dated, to have known many women. They were of a wide range of body types. From a real runway model to a 5 foot 11 inch, 180 lb. “Amazon”. I appreciated all of them for who they were, and all were wonderful in their own unique way. I for one am very thankful that women come in all shapes and sizes. How terribly boring it would be, if all women had the same proportions. I congratulate all the women in these photos for your self confidence and courage. Now you should all pose for a calendar, and donate some of the proceeds to some organization helping woment with anorexia.

  22. Cristina Dg says:

    I would like to be in one of this photos shoot someday.. I think this is great. I too had struggle with my body image,it only took me 40yrs to learn how to love my body. I am now 43. People call me fat or you’ve gain weight. I’m 5’3,148lbs but I’m not all fat,I work out for my better health not because I want to be skinny but because I want to be healthy.. To jess my hats off to you. This is a wonderful thing you’re done. Thank you

  23. hollyann says:

    This is why i subscribed! Positive, intelligent, uplifting, factual, amd really enjoyable content! Thank you for this amazing article!

  24. Tina says:

    I have struggled with my weight all of my life. Even in school I was active and on the go and still over weight. Married now with 2 kids and at the age of 41 I am in good health, I have not health problems. I have been told you dont care about yourself, you dont love yourself, how can you do that to your body. I have done every diet out there. Yes Im a size 18-20. What I have learn beauty comes in all size, shape, form, race, background. It starts with the person and how you feel about yourself. I have a cousin that is a size 4 she has high bood pressure, heart problems, and other health issues. I hear her all the time how she need to lose weight, she fast, ugly, and puts herself down to no ends.. In the end who is healthy? Yes I do go to the gym, watch what I eat and take pride in myself.. The Negative comments about being unhealthy or not caring for yourself because you are a bigger size is very wrong.. There is other reasons. The ones that makes these kind of remarks is the ones that has issues. There is so much more to a women then the size. Beauty starts within !!

  25. Erica Bee says:

    The negative comment from somewhere above doesn’t do one bit to detract from the immense amount of beauty and amazing expression of the female body I’ve found in this particular article. Yes, our bodies have similarities, but no two are the same… Kind of like snowflakes and fingerprints. I love the amount of confidence and support pouring through the most of the comments posted too. I’m proud to call myself a woman, especially amongst all of you.

  26. Auki says:

    Awesome authentic sexy liberating pics of bold courageous women. :)

  27. Beachfitrob says:

    If you’re happy, cool. I’m a lot happier fit than when I was fat. If you’ve never been fit, you won’t get it. I didn’t. Now I do. Being overweight isn’t healthy. Being unhealthy will eventually lead to unhappiness. It’s possible to accept where you are, while striving to do better. You get three things in this life: soul, body, and mind. Don’t misuse, abuse, or neglect any of them.

  28. Marcel says:

    i love this too, but there is always a current of “skinny bashing”- maybe not from the author, but from comments. Thin women , like heavy women are usually predetermined to be that way, and yet, thinner women seem to have to apologize for their small stature over and over again. Both types are inclined toward health issues, osteoporosis vs diabetes, so that’s life. What is clearly missing from these photos are women who are aging. Heavy or thin, most of us look great with smooth taught skin, even if there’s lots of it, but sagging skin and the aging process, and expectations will get to you, even if you happen to be comfortable on the scale. Can we be beautiful and confident with sagging skin and cellulite, or does that push the boundaries too far?

  29. mrsmberry says:

    Lovely, But it might be me as I didn't see anyone with one boob, like what I have.

  30. Brandon Sward says:

    Women are beautiful the way there ….. There is nothing more beautiful than laying in bed with a woman staring into her eyes seeing the soul inside and then taking that woman that has chosen you …. As a man I love the woman that has chosen to be with me

  31. Jostevens says:

    There will always be negative comments for large and small. Loving yourself is not easy in a world where nothing is ever enough. I am a big girl and I am very active and work hard at my job. I have friends and family that say they accept me for who I am. But that doesn't stop them from asking how you let your self get like that, or what happened you got so fat? People who hate this campaign do not realize the pain of not wanting to leave your house, to go to work, to go to weddings to spend twenty years running from a camera because you despise yourself. I have changed up to six times in a morning and been almost late for work because I can not leave the house because I know what people think when they see me. I have joined a gym only to be mocked and verbally abused by those gym monkeys.

  32. Rita says:

    Great article, beautiful photos. Maybe you could do one of us older women over 50, 60 and beyond. Body image and agism with women can be difficult.

  33. katy__didd says:

    Nothing at all wrong with the women shown. Nothing at all. They are lovely people. Their bodies are indeed to be celebrated. The comment below is NOT their fault, other than perhaps their questionable taste, because…

    Good lord this is a terrible photographer. The lighting is bad. The color balance is bad. The composition is bad. The poses are bad. This is horrible photography.

    Leonard Nimoy, Jen Davis, and Catherine Opie and countless others have made fantastic images of people of all sizes including big ones. This photographer… has not.

    Nothing worse than a photo series where the idea is not substantiated by the form.

  34. rebecca says:

    It’s so hard to feel beautiful, even when my love tells me every day. Used to be very fit. Used to look in the mirror and go, [email protected] that girl is hot. Got into an emotionally abusive relationship, had twins and in the process toe my abdominal wall. My weight is within 5lbs of where I was 15 years ago in high school 5’9 and 162#) but all soft and wide hips and dimply now. Bad relationship over. Amazing one ongoing. But i never look in the mirror, all I see is a tired face and my squishy parts. ..

  35. Robin says:

    I love this!!! You rock ladies!!!!
    Before uttering something about another person, ask yourself 3 questions; is it true? Is it fair? Is it necessary? We are all different in our own way but at the end of the day, we all have feelings! Also ask yourself have I walked in their shoes?

  36. YES….you got it right…

  37. lovelylady says:

    I have been fat since birth. I have always been active and big. My heart, my cholesterol, blood pressure are fine! No diabetes. I can still get laid. I feel beautiful and others would agree. I think these ladies are bold and beautiful. Confidence is sexy!

  38. Jo says:

    All of those women are gorgeous! I love it! I really wish I could do that. I’m 37 and I have never been this disgusted with my body. I’ve never had any self esteem. I have been dealing with mental illness all my life and one of the ways that I handle my emotions is to self harm. I’ve been hurting myself on and off for 23 years. And now I finally have a wonderful man who wants to marry me and thinks I’m sexy. It’s very hard for me to accept that.I don’t even want him to see me naked. It’s hard for me to watch tv and movies when all you see are “perfect” women. How I’m I suppose to like me when that’s all you ever see? My depression has gotten bad again because I think that’s how I’m suppose to look. I think that’s what my fiance really wants and it’s been causing a little bit of a problem. I really need a lot of help. I want to like myself but I don’t know where to start.

  39. Tim Phillips says:

    These pictures are great! As a man, I am tired of the image of beauty that the media tries to push on us. It’s refreshing to see such a bunch of beautiful confident women. Thank you.

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