This is for the Wild Ones: 25 Brilliant Images of Rare Beauty.

Via Janne Robinson
on Jan 27, 2015
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Model: Nattalie Marley Photographer credit: Benjamin Evan Combs

“The older I get, the more I see how women are described as having gone mad, when what they’ve actually become is knowledgable and powerful and fucking furious.” ~ Sophie Heawood

What is it to be truly wild?




To laugh in the face of impermanence and flash her your brave, beating heart?

I asked women to share their wildness with me for an article I recently wrote: I Will Always be a Wild Thang. The images I received were so bloody brilliant, they deserved their own write up.

Thank you to all the women who sent me their wildness, you’re all just stinking beautiful.


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“Diane LeBlanc, my mother, dancing in a chorus line in 1952. She was the original wild thang.” ~ Renee Magnusson


If used please credit: Model: Nattalie Marley Photographer: Jozef Ezra

‚ÄúIf you’re going to love someone or something then don’t be a slow leaking faucet—-be a hurricane.‚Ä̬†~¬†Shannon L. Alder

Wild thang: Nattalie Marley / Photographer: Jozef Ezra


Model: Taylor Eyewalker Photographer: Bryan Randall

“Love her but leave her wild.” ~ Atticus

Wild thang: Taylor Eyewalker / Photographer: Bryan Randall

Model: Eliza Sloane Photographer: Tobi Salver

¬†‚ÄúGo out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.‚ÄĚ ~ Clarissa Pinkola Est√©s

Wild thang: Eliza Sloane / Photographer: Tobi Salver

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‚ÄúThere is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there, that stirs the yearning for solitary voyage.‚Ä̬†~¬†Barbara Lazear Ascher

Debbie Lowery Harrell,¬†Rocky Mountain High, 13,000′ on the Continental Divide in Colorado. Photo credit: MAD Hippies.

Photographer is Ali Marie Parker

‚ÄúI was raised feral, and I mostly stayed that way.‚Ä̬†~¬†Gillian Flynn

Wild thang: Becky Goebel / Photographer: Ali Marie Parker

brooke jelliebean Boyd

‚ÄúLet us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…‚Ä̬†~ Susan Polis Schutz

Wild thang: Brooke Jelliebean Boyd

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“Taken right after we decided to go our separate ways. An expression of willingness to move into the unknown. The North Atlantic water in March is about 2 degrees.” ~ Steve McCall

Wild thang: Unknown

Eliza Murray Davis


‚ÄúShe was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city.‚ÄĚ ~ Roman Payne

Wild thang dancing in crimson clover: Eliza Murray Davis

Erin wheat photography

‚ÄúIn short, all good things are wild and free.‚ÄĚ ~ Henry David Thoreau

Wild one: Emelia von Saltza / Photographer: Erin Wheat

Jonell Mae

‚ÄúHidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.‚Ä̬†~¬†John Muir

Wild thangs: Jonell Mae and her Belgian draft horse, Honey.

Model: Reakash Attea Walters Photographer:

“Does Wildly Happy Count?” ~ Reakash Attea Walters

Wild thang: Reakash Attea Walters / Photographer: Jay Marie



‚ÄúShe is ideas, feelings, urges, and memory. She has been lost and half forgotten for a long, long time. She is the source, the light, the night, the dark, and daybreak. She is the smell of good mud and the back leg of a fox. The birds which tell us secrets belong to her. She is the voice that says, ‘This way, this way.’ ‚ÄĚ ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Wild thang: Emilee Guevara



“My wild child, who lives in her underwear and princess skirts. Who is fearless. Who loves rabbits, round bails of hay, and thunderstorms.” ~ Amanda Bird

Wild thang: Kaylin

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“Hot summer day, free as can be.” ~ Sarah Wingert

Wild thang: Sarah Wingert. Pennypack Park, Philadelpia, PA, circa 2007.

Jessica Pociask

“I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.” ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Wild thang: Jessica Pociask, on the edge of the Devil’s cup. Victoria Falls, Zambia.


wild one

“Just as the ancients danced to call upon the spirits in nature, we too can dance to find the spirits within ourselves that have been long buried and forgotten.” ~ Anna Halprin

Wild thang: Rebekah Uccellini


“Truly, we know that we cannot really subsist on little sips of life. The wild force in a woman‚Äôs soul demands that she have access to it all.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Est√©s

Wild, Wild thang: Morgan Charlton


“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”¬†~ Kahlil Gibran

Wild thang: Sara Jade, six months pregnant, here.

wild ones

“The best thing you can possibly do with your life, is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.” ~ Cheryl Strayed

Wild thangs: Outlaw Cydney White Metz & Outlaw Jenni Hopkins Mowery

Shell Windsor

“Maybe some women aren‚Äôt meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.” ~ Carrie Bradshaw

Wild thang: Shell Windsor, Sunshine Coast.


‚ÄúScatter joy!‚ÄĚ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wild thangs: Danie St-Amand & Andree-Ann Sabourin.

wild me

“She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.” ~ Charles Bukowski

Wild thang: Janne Robinson.




“If you have yet to be called an incorrigable, defiant woman,
don’t worry, there is still time.‚ÄĚ ~ Clarissa Pinkola Est√©s

Wild thang: Eliza Sloane / Photographer: Matthew Hickey



I am Not Afraid to Tell you that I am Beautiful. {Poem}

I Will Always Be a Wild Thang.

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Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Renee Picard 

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About Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a poet, writer, bushwalker, idealist and animal activist currently residing in Vancouver Island. She cuts kindling with her teeth, eats Bukowski for breakfast and makes the habit of saying the word feminist as much as possible. She surfs naked, pees in the woods, and loves whiskeys that swing their hips when they walk and know what they are doing. Janne's life-work is to be transparent. She makes a living off hanging her dirty and clean laundry out for the world to see. Her mission is to give others permission to also walk and exist with the same transparency. You can connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Please also visit and connect with her Facebook writer's page. Check out Janne's website.


18 Responses to “This is for the Wild Ones: 25 Brilliant Images of Rare Beauty.”

  1. Michele says:

    Thanks for reminding me ūüėČ

  2. Gurmeen says:

    thank you

  3. Gerrilynne says:

    Fantastic… loved it!!! However 25 pictures of thin, beautiful, wild women.. are not rare. How about a follow up? 25 more, not so mainstream beautiful. Show me joyful eyes, defiant hearts, free souls of everyday wild women…

  4. Jonell says:

    Gotta say Gerrilynne, I'm the one riding the horse and I'm a pretty everyday wild woman… I would also say I'm not necessarily mainstream beautiful, with big bone tumor scars and tattoos. I get what you're sayin', but at least in my case, as a military veteran, a survivor, a therapist, a rancher and an identical twin, I think I'm pretty rare;)

  5. Robbin says:

    Really enjoyed this. Shared with my lovely, defiant girlfriends. ūüôā

  6. katmc says:

    Amen! Although the stories are amazing and as awesome as the women pictured, I feel there needs to be a few other sizes involved in these kinds of shoots. We are all wild no matter the size

  7. Danielle says:

    So powerful! Thank you for the inspiration yet again!

  8. Caley says:

    This is so problematic. I like the idea of women feeling free enough to be themselves, of feeling free enough to do what their heart desires despite society’s constructs of what is considered within the narrow limitations of “acceptable” for women. However, a few major problems with this..
    1. Diversity- Not just body diversity. If the new feminism is supposed to be inclusive, let’s make the radical leap to include women of lots of color and mixed colors; women of different gender and sexual identities; women who overtly aren’t cis or straight.
    2. So many of these pictures are great. Then again, several depict the highly constructed, false freedom of the posed fashionable pinterest hippie. That’s just as constructed.
    3. Romanticizing the “mysticism” of women has its origins and values deeply rooted in patriarchal society.

  9. kuri says:

    None of these images are reflecting "rare" beauty. All but 1 of the faces are white, and none seem be above a size 8. Thanks for reinforcing white privilege and thin privilege, like all the other yoga mags, Elephant.

  10. elephantjournal says:

    Dear Kuri: These are compiled images that were submitted to the author. As she says at the top of this article <a href="http:// (,” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(,” target=”_blank”>(, the selection doesn't represent everyone walking the earth, but rather the diversity of the specific people who submitted their photos to her in a short window. Unfortunately, they're not as diverse as we'd like them to be either. But we hope articles like these encourage people of all shapes, sizes, races and backgrounds to feel free and empowered and to celebrate themselves (perhaps by submitting their own photos to the author!). Thanks for your concern; we hope to continuously and increasingly represent everyone—not just white and skinny!

  11. Catherine says:

    As Michele said …thank you for the reminder! I read all of the comments and I didn’t look at the colour of skin or the size of the body… I just felt the energy being expressed, which is why I appreciated it so much !! Really THANK YOU ! Love & Blessings, Catherine

  12. Sherri Rosen says:

    Lovely Janne. So happy Waylon Lewis turned us onto one another!

  13. Natalie says:

    I have an objection to an article about freedom and wildness choosing to show a picture of a “wild” woman riding a captive elephant. Sad sad irony.

  14. nina says:

    I agree with Kuri and Caley. Check your privileged. Maybe you don't look at color or size, because you don't have to. You see people who reflect your image who are depicted as the norm everywhere, everyday. Let's shift the norm, there is nothing wild about conforming to white patriarchal structures of beauty. White-liberal-moderates are more dangerous than they know. You need to do better.

  15. shimonjames says:

    these images are magical and marvelous , a joyous celebratory in feminine mystique sans masks , a delicious peek for one as me but some male freak , so thanks m' ladies …the pleasure was all mine with all yours

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  17. Anne says:

    Cheers to these women for being wild and brave and beautiful even if they aren’t the size you want them to be. The irony. Oh the irony. No woman is ever good enough, commentors will always want something different.

  18. Anne says:

    You are stunning, so is the photograph, thank you for sharing. The fact that you or any woman feels compelled to defend their inclusion in this beautiful piece is just asinine, counter productive and beyond ironic. When, as women, will we stop the insanity and just celebrate all of us. All. Of. Us.