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.


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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.”


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.”


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.


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.




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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Alex Myles

Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also 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 lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. 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. Alex’s bestselling book, An Empath, is on sale now for only $1.99! Connect with her on Facebook and join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people.

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anonymous Mar 30, 2016 1:00pm

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.

anonymous Mar 17, 2016 1:36am

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.

anonymous Feb 4, 2016 1:20pm

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!

anonymous Feb 4, 2016 12:51pm

YES….you got it right…

anonymous Jan 3, 2016 10:37am

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?

anonymous Oct 28, 2015 8:54pm

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. ..

anonymous Sep 24, 2015 4:03pm

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.

anonymous Aug 5, 2015 12:47pm

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.

anonymous Jun 15, 2015 7:02am

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.

anonymous Jun 4, 2015 9:43pm

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

anonymous May 29, 2015 10:06am

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

anonymous May 29, 2015 9:24am

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?

anonymous May 9, 2015 11:13pm

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.

anonymous Apr 23, 2015 12:56am

Awesome authentic sexy liberating pics of bold courageous women. 🙂

anonymous Mar 26, 2015 12:14pm

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.

anonymous Mar 23, 2015 6:34pm

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 !!

anonymous Mar 23, 2015 1:08am

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

anonymous Mar 22, 2015 5:22am

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

anonymous Mar 21, 2015 5:59pm

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.

anonymous Mar 21, 2015 3:46pm

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

anonymous Mar 21, 2015 3:32pm

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!

anonymous Mar 21, 2015 3:00pm

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

anonymous Mar 21, 2015 8:35am

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.

anonymous Mar 21, 2015 8:18am

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.

    anonymous Apr 10, 2015 5:59pm

    Be as gentle with yourself, as you are with a newborn baby. Keep going queen…..

anonymous Mar 21, 2015 8:00am

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

anonymous Mar 19, 2015 3:57pm

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

anonymous Mar 19, 2015 12:02pm

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?

anonymous Mar 19, 2015 9:47am

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

anonymous Mar 19, 2015 9:45am

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

    anonymous Mar 21, 2015 10:37am

    Me too! I've worn an A bra my entire life. I can never find any bras at Victoria's secret. I am 5'11 and 140 but to everyone else I look about 120. 2 kids. 36yo. I smile on the outside but no one would ever know how bone crushingly insecure I can be. I've come far with "loving myself" but I will always be a work in progress. I too have a hard time finding others with my body type and I would've liked to have seen it displayed here. But truth be told these photos made me love me just the way I am as these have women are doing.

      anonymous May 10, 2015 8:05pm

      Hi!!! This is my first time commenting. I feel very similar to both of you. I'm also 5'11, I weigh 173lbs but it's mostly all in my legs/calves, I am thin looking because I'm so tall. I wear a size B bra because the cups look more appropriate with my larger other portions but I'm actually very close to being literally flat chested. Everything out there to support natural female body types seems to exclude woman who are my shape/size. It's disappointing and leaves me feeling very much like how the two of you have expressed. I wish figures like ours were represented better, too.

anonymous Mar 18, 2015 2:26pm

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.

anonymous Mar 18, 2015 12:56pm

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!!!

anonymous Mar 18, 2015 8:48am

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.

anonymous Mar 18, 2015 8:25am

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

anonymous Mar 18, 2015 6:13am

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.

anonymous Mar 18, 2015 2:11am

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.

    anonymous Mar 18, 2015 3:23am

    The point here is that this is a selection of women's bodies, all different. Each one is different, regardless of the size. These were the first 96 women who applied to be photographed. And each one of them are unique.

    We cannot judge on health due to pictures, we do not know the background of each person and there are thousands of articles already out there dedicated to health. This one is showing how different we all are. Exquisitely unique. In all shapes and sizes.

    The main point I would like to make back to your comment, is that we cannot judge 'health' by looking at a body shape. Slim isn't always healthy, toned bodies can be hiding a multitude of unhealthy vices, we can see a picture of a supermodel size zero, or a size 2, 4, whatever – but we still will not ever know what goes on behind closed doors. I know, I have been very slim, looking healthy from the outside and to others, but at the time, my mind, self-esteem and also my eating and (over) exercising habits were not good for me at all – we just really cannot judge.

    Smoking is unhealthy, but to an outsider, it may not always be visible that the person smokes, same with drinking, eating habits etc – we cannot judge these things just based on their physique alone.

    Healthy bodies are ones that are full of self-love. The mind can be far more damaging than anything else we can put into or do to our bodies. Unhealthy minds are proven to be dangerous to our health, just the same as many other things are.

    If we can begin to really, truly love and cherish our bodies, we are on the right road to inner health and that's far more positive than anything else we can do for ourselves. Self love all the way… A healthy, loving mind, will perform miracles for the body.

      anonymous May 28, 2015 11:10am

      Great response!!

      anonymous Jan 3, 2016 7:31pm

      I am 32. Have had two kids. I'm 5'10" and a size 14. My cholesterol is perfect. I eat very healthy and exercise. My blood pressure is perfect. My Dr. says I'm perfectly healthy. It's hard for me to believe this when people like Aussie think this is healthy. I recall doing everything in my power to be skinny when I was a teen just to get into the single digit size. That was the only time I was ever unhealthy. I have cellulite, stretch marks from babies and my have felt the wrath but you know what. I'm healthy. So Aussie, I'm sure you're toned lean and a gym rat, childless and clearly very closed minded. I have a best friend who is a lean mean handsome fella with one hell of a cholesterol problem, and another who runs marathons but in your eyes is over weight because of a genetic thyroid condition. So open your mind. Don't make the world ugly through your eyes. It only reflects back on you.

    anonymous Mar 18, 2015 5:09am

    so you are telling me that everyone has to meet certain guidelines and appear to look a certain way or else they are unhealthy?? I pity you. Hopefully someday you will come to understand that we are all individuals who are not cut from the same mold. All women need to understand that beauty is not defined by Hollywood or photoshop.

      anonymous Mar 21, 2015 11:49am

      While you're right that beauty is not defined by Hollywood or photoshop it is defined by the person seeing it. If someone does not like looking at most of the bodies in these photos they are not wrong.

        anonymous Mar 26, 2015 9:43pm

        What is your point, exactly? I like looking at all of the bodies in these pictures, so I sure am glad that someone took them.

    anonymous Mar 18, 2015 12:15pm

    Thin doesn't equal healthy. It's difficult to tell how healthy someone is just by looking at their body. Educate yourself a bit more.

    anonymous Mar 18, 2015 4:48pm

    I know a lot of skinny fat women. I used to be one of them. I exercised to excess as well as everything else I did. I was excessive about drinking, working, sleeping, eating badly, smoking, socializing and doing drugs. I hid my demons well and so appeared the picture of health to the outside world. My girlfriends who were chubby cute were in much better shape than me. They worked out too but genetics and disease can predispose some women to weight gain. I do not see unhealthy women in these pictures. I see mentally healthy vibrant women displayed honestly and that to me is beautiful.

    anonymous Mar 19, 2015 6:48am

    Just because someone’s body isn’t under a size 5 DOES NOT mean that they are unhealthy. Just because someone is under a size 5 DOES NOT mean they are healthy. People like you , I believe, have the BIGGEST issue with self image. Maybe you should find some professional help.

    anonymous Mar 19, 2015 11:01am

    Regardless of health, these woman feel beautiful and that is what this article portrayed. Nobody is saying go out and dont take care of yourself. Everyone has a story and a reason. Maybe some of these have never felt beautiful or accepted and taking these photos gave them the lift they needed to feel great about themselves.

    anonymous Mar 20, 2015 10:30pm

    Sorry, I see a person whom is clogged in thinking. Now from experience, I was obese and very healthy I kept a home, a husband, 8 children, pets, 2 jobs and I did not miss a beat. I have also dropped those excess numbers because of some clogged individuals thinking that I believed to be true, and guess what happened…I became unhealthy…and I will add I was loved huge and yes loved at size 4, but I was a hell of a lot happier at a size 44. so I am sorry that you are so narrow minded that you can not see beyond yourself at these courageous and amazing ladies. It takes a lot of inner strength to put yourself out there for a good cause no less and get verbally abused by keyboard bullies..Shame on you …Go Ladies 🙂

    anonymous Mar 21, 2015 1:50pm

    Just because someone weighs more or wears a bigger size clothing does not mean they disrespect their body. Do not judge as you do not know the path they have traveled and just because they do not fit into your box does not mean the are unhealthy or do not care about their bodies! Due to people like you and the media many women do not appreciate who they are and what they look like. I have been a size 4 and in great shape and have still looked in the mirror and thought I was fat. I have also gained weight and had some circumstances in my life that have made it more challenging to take weight off. I admire these women and wish I could be more like them, as I would do anything to look in the mirror and love the body I see reflecting back at me.

    anonymous Mar 21, 2015 4:21pm

    Beauty, happiness, and self-love are not dependent on health! Would some of these women be healthier, physically, if they lost weight? Perhaps. But that is not your nor my judgement to make, nor is that the point of this photo project. Do we ALL, including you and I, have things we could do to improve our health? Of course! But are we lacking the right or reason to have big, beautiful smiles on our faces like the women in these photos, until we meet some certain physical requirements? Absolutely not.
    Yes, part of self-love is making healthy choices and recognizing when changes can/should be made to better enable ourselves to live a long, vibrant, full life. But some aspects of physical health are out of our control, and the changes we CAN make are difficult, if not impossible, if self-love does not come first.

    Besides, many of the "faults" we perceive have nothing to do with health. Personally, I have lots of scars, uneven boobs, and plenty of hair. These things are not because of bad habits or poor health, but they certainly deviate from the supposed beauty norms. I am learning that these features are part of what makes me uniquely beautiful, not things to be changed or hidden out of embarrassment! I think that is the point of these photos!

    anonymous Mar 30, 2015 8:32pm

    What you see are pictures. You have no clue what condition these women are in medically just by looking at a picture. You are assuming and you are judging as do most people when it comes to weight. It would never dawn on you to walk up to a very thin person and say "hey, how are you doing? Are you getting enough protein and nutrients in your diet?" No, because people just assume that thin people are healthy. Well, I'll let you know that that is so far from the truth.

    5 years ago I went on a major crash diet. I literally began starving myself and working out like a maniac. I would eat every third day and then, only a salad or something very low in calories and fat. The only thing I would drink, other than water, was decaf, diet iced tea. That's how I lived. In addition to not eating, I was exercising everyday doing an hour of cardio then another hour of weight training. I lost 90 pounds in less than a year. I looked amazing! Then I had to have blood work done. My doctor called me with the results and asked me to retake the test because my muscle enzymes were through the roof. I took the test again and it was the same. Apparently, my body was eating my muscles because I was starving myself! My blood pressure was horribly low. My bone density was almost non-existent. I had severe Vitamin D deficiency and I was anemic. So, while I looked amazing and healthy, I was at death's door! Now, I am much heavier, having gained back a lot of weight due to an injury, however, I eat healthy now. I take vitamins and I am on the ViSalus Project 10 Challenge which gives me the protein and nutrients that my body needs. I may not look it, but I am healthier now than I have ever been in my life. So, the moral of this story is, don't judge a book by it's cover. Just because you see a woman, or a man for that matter, who is overweight, don't automatically assume that they are unhealthy!!

      anonymous May 10, 2015 6:16pm

      No you can't judge a body by a picture. All credit to these women who were brave enough to do the photoshoot because happiness = inner confidence and that just radiates beauty from within!

      Although having said that, we can't just automatically assume that all thin people are crash dieting and starving themselves to 'look amazing' (although there a many women who do it that way, which is sad). Starving oneself is equally as unhealthy as eating too much and moving too little, because we all know that there is a safe way to lose weight if people want to so so. No, we can't judge a book by it's cover because we don't know the dietary habits of these women, but I think we can all agree that as long as you're eating nutritious food and getting plenty of exercise and sleep, you can be healthy at ANY body type because we are all different!!

      anonymous May 28, 2015 11:15am

      Thank you for sharing your story– it's important that people listen and realize how destructive thinking thin = good, healthy and fat = bad, unhealthy is.

    anonymous Apr 11, 2015 9:14am

    The highest all-cause mortality rates are found in underweight and class 3 obese people. The lowest all-cause mortality rates are found in overweight and class 1 obese individuals. The myth that fat=unhealthy is NOT born out by epidemiology. It is an artifact of the commoditization of women's bodies.

    anonymous Sep 13, 2015 9:03am

    I run everyday-3-5 miles. I eat relatively healthy and don't smoke. My body will always hover around a size 10-12 unless I truly starve myself. Bodies are different and it doesn't always reflect an unhealthy lifestyle. That may make you feel better, to think that way-because it allows you to rationalize why you don't accept bodies that don't turn you on sexually. But then it's more about you than about anyone else anyway.

anonymous Mar 17, 2015 7:28pm

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

anonymous Mar 17, 2015 7:11pm

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

anonymous Mar 17, 2015 4:42pm

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.

anonymous Mar 17, 2015 4:13pm

You go gal! Love it!!

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Rosie Thompson Jul 3, 2018 9:11pm

This would be better if we could see all of the photos. If I could see a photo of someone like me up close I'd feel more normal but the icons are tiny so defeats the object of the text.

Lindy Lu May 11, 2018 11:15am

I agree. We need more solidarity and acceptance among us

Bryton Manning Jan 1, 2018 6:59pm

Marny Anderson Aren’t you the same person who was making fun of foreign tourists? Aren’t you the annoying person you’re speaking about your disdain for? Hi pot, have you met Mr Kettle?

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Tim Dibble Jul 8, 2017 12:31pm

I think it is an interesting sociological/psychological study. In ancient times corpulence was desired-it meant you were rich enough to afford food. In modern times, calories are plentiful and time is short so wealth often translates to skinny and having time to exercise. Hence the growing perception that "if they just took time. . .", despite its erroneous foundation. We are taught by media and advertising that certain body types are the "desirable" yet most men end up with someone not far from their own mother who may not be an advertiser's "10". Art like this may serve to shift the perceptions, but change is glacial and will be met with unexpected resistance.

Deborah Lauren Jul 8, 2017 5:40am

You know nothing, Donny Hood.

Carmen Postulart May 19, 2017 2:49am

David Jay Zee ...thin is not necessarily fit. A body that does not fit the BMI can be healthy. Lots of people that don't fit the BMI run marathons, compete in tough mudders, and succeed in areas that require fitness. Health is more than a number on a scale. There will always be some schmuck that thinks they can come along and denigrate people based on size and say that it's out of concern for their health. It's never out of concern...its often because they can't stand to see a person living happily and confidently outside that narrow little box.

David Jay Zee May 12, 2017 6:46am

Marny Anderson - Donny gets to say what-ever-the-fuck he wants. We are not in Communist China. And thank you so much for your words of wisdom. Maybe next time have something to actually add. I don't necessary agree with Donny, but for the love of god, science shows being physically fit & healthy is something the USA & Mexico are FAILING at and there are serious dangers to this behavior. If you accept & love your body, you should treat it well too.

Marny Anderson Mar 25, 2017 9:20am

Be quiet Donny Hood, guys like you irritate me.

Bev Holczman Feb 1, 2017 12:31pm

This is wonderful. Am now in my 50s and feel more comfortable and accepting of my body than I ever have. As a mother of 2 daughters it does worry me that they are exposed to so many unrealistic images of women. Today's standard of beauty does not even appreciate the natural but expects cosmetic enhancements and adjustment of images as the norm. Thank you for keeping it real.

Debbie Ross Jan 4, 2017 5:42am

So brave and truly beautiful. Thank you. Every woman who has doubts should see this.

Alicia Wagner Oct 30, 2016 11:03pm

I love seeing real women take pride in their beautiful, sexy selves.

Donna Harvey Oct 29, 2016 4:10pm

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. "AS THEY, ARE"

Kevin Elmore Oct 8, 2016 7:12am

"care of their bodies" This sounds great. It suggests that we should strive for longevity by tending to our health. "before they decide to show it to the world" This is terrible and is the main reason why you're being criticized. You're saying that people should cover themselves up if they're not meeting your ideal notion of health because it offends *you* somehow. You started off so well at seeming to care, but that last part belies just how shallow you really are. If you really cared about a woman's health, you would simply hope that she takes care of her body and not shame her for revealing it. Seems like health should be more important than modesty, but you seem to disagree.

Ricardo Tejeda Oct 8, 2016 2:34am

I think you girls missed the point of Donny, personal health.

Mary Elisabeth van der Valk Jul 30, 2016 10:06pm

Every person has his or her Unique personality and Unique body.

Kristina Cochran May 18, 2016 1:28pm

Donny, how do you know that those women don't take care of their bodies? Are you assuming that because they aren't a size 6-8? With a body fat of 15-20% that they are some how mismanaging their body? This is where the falsehood is born and where your comment is wrong. When a woman's success/health/value are directly linked to her size/shape we are causing damage. There are women who treat their bodies/selves horribly, and they are skinny with a 6-pack. I have known women who trained for and ran 1/2 marathons that were big girls..... We are all different and our size is, just that. Our size. Not a measure of how well we are doing at life.

Marylee Alvarado May 18, 2016 5:21am

I would love to get back into modeling. ..especially like this.

Carrie Edwards May 18, 2016 3:35am


Carrie Edwards May 18, 2016 3:31am

Donny Hood The article is about 'body shaming'. And, in saying that "people should take better care of their bodies" and "at least try to put some work into it before they decide to show it to the world", you just 'body-shamed'. You just said that less than perfect looking bodies weren't worthy. Donny - I'm sure you're a nice guy and wouldn't intentionally set out to hurt women. But, you have no idea how innocent comments like yours - heard time after time - can harm young girls and women. We are bombarded with images of (mostly) photoshopped celebs and models - and young girls aspire to them. Have you not noticed the obsession girls have with how they look? The constant posting of pouting selfies on social media, looking for compliments? A slim, toned, healthy looking body can hide a multitude of bad habits - smoking, drinking, starving, binge eating, bulimia, anorexia etc. In contrast, the women who appear not to have "taken better care" - the ones who should "put some work into it" - might well be healthy women with sensible eating habits. Extra weight can be a result of many things - including childbirth, illness or genes. What message are you giving such women? To stay home? To stay covered up? To live in the shadows? To binge eat, to starve themselves until they look acceable? I'm sorry for such a long post from the UK, but I notice from your FB profile that you have a daughter. By all means, encourage her towards a heathy lifestyle, but be vigilant also of your attitudes and comments - not all women grow up like the images we see. Good luck x

Donny Hood May 17, 2016 7:25pm

Please explain the point I missed ladies! I read the article and felt I had a pretty good understanding.

Kim Minnix Lambert May 17, 2016 4:55pm

You missed the whole point. Walk a day in anyone's shoes.. smh

Carrie Edwards May 17, 2016 1:16pm

I think you missed the point Donny :-(

Steve Maunder May 17, 2016 10:28am

Beautiful, natural girls. Enough said.

Jack Iodice May 17, 2016 6:12am

Hey idiot..get with it..retired..