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No Airbrushing Allowed: This Is What a Mother's Body Really Looks Like


Society & Culture  (tags: activists, americans, children, culture, dishonesty, education, society, women )

Kit
- 416 days ago - takepart.com
A new photo series celebrates the real beauty in women who've had children.



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Kit B. (277)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 5:34 pm
All photos by Jade Beall

Please go to VISIT SITE and see each photograph.


Photographer Jade Beall never believed she lived up to traditional standards of beauty. And so when she snapped a semi-nude self-portrait of her un-retouched post-partum body, and published it on her Facebook page, she was somewhat surprised at how popular the photo became.

Not only were users liking and sharing it, but Beall was flooded with requests from other women asking her to photograph their post-partum bodies as well. And so she did.

Since then, taking these pictures has turned into a mission for Beall, one that she hopes will help “redefine beautiful.”

In a recent interview with HuffPo Live, she explained, “I just want to empower…other women to feel authentically irreplaceable.”

The women she’s so far captured on film have become part of a series she named A Beautiful Body, which Beall hopes to turn into a published book, backed by the help of her Kickstarter fund.

Airbrushing the reality out of women’s bodies has become so much the norm, reality isn’t often seen, let alone celebrated. Even supermodels are Photoshopped into standards of total perfection that can’t be met in reality. The problem is pervasive enough that last year 14-year-old Julia Bluhm petitioned Seventeen magazine to show just one non-airbrushed photo each month. The fact that just one was considered “revolutionary” speaks volumes.

But Beall’s work is the antithesis of that commercialized woman’s body. Here, stretch marks, C-section scars and rounded bellies are the marks of a woman who’s grown life inside of her. They’re brandings of power, but when the rest of the world airbrushes them from view, they’re treated like badges of shame.

Beall’s mission is to change that standard of beauty from one that’s exclusive and based on illusion, to one that includes actual women and is rooted deeply in reality.
****Please go to VISIT SITE ****See the pictures***


By: Andri Antoniades | Take Part |
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 5:37 pm

I think this is just great. I remember working myself to near exhaustion to get my figure my in record time, it was actually mandatory, or you were considered a slob. Within a few weeks of child birth most women had to live up the societal expectation of looking like a model again.

I applaud these women, Jude Beall and the women that speak up for one another by saying, "you are beautiful as you are."
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 5:40 pm
They are stunning
 

Paul Girardin (140)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:48 pm
Women are beautiful, PERIOD!

Airbrushing and retouching (both physical & computerized) for the benefit of wimpy males is stupid!

 

Paul Girardin (140)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:57 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

You cannot currently send a star to Rose because you have done so within the last day.

Well, here are one virtual green star for each of you, Beautiful Ladies!
 

Deb E. (64)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:51 pm
Looking like a model "again"? lol These photos are beautiful. No woman should feel she must hide the physical results of carrying a child.
 

Franck R. (51)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 7:47 am
Looks Beautiful
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 9:27 am
I remember the absolute SHOCK of seeing my body changed forever after pregnancy! I was ashamed of those stretch marks...the hernia over my navel...the veins. Too bad we're such a shallow culture!
 

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 9:30 am


You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day

thnx for this one hun!!!


 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 10:13 am

In some cultures women actually continue to look slightly pregnant. That is considered sexy. Not in the western mind. I hope this idea of presenting untouched pictures of women in the glory of all that is motherhood will give us all a pause to appreciate the beauty of being natural.
 

Roxy H. (340)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 10:17 am
Aww sweet Kitty Kat, you always hit on the human stuff hard. Thanks for this one. Did you see they made a real Barbie? It looks strange, but cool. Was about time. I think they made the butt look big,hahaha but I should talk -_-... thanks dear one ... lovely ... enjoyed this very much :)
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 10:20 am

And that is what we deal with, Roxy. The butt is too big or not big enough, hips to wide, breast too full or too small, am toned and fit? My goodness what we have allowed THEM to do with us and our opinion of ourselves.
 

Roxy H. (340)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 11:20 am
:)
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 12:12 pm
I don't look that way at all!
 

NicoleAWAY W. (625)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:22 pm
reality is much better, thank you Kit
 

Birgit W. (144)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:26 pm
Wonderful article. Thank you very much.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:15 pm
Adding my thanks, Kit. After 6 kids, I struggled to shed those pounds after each. Mostly, I didn't want to go into another pregnancy too overweight already. I did it for health reasons then. But, after the last (nearly 22 yrs. ago), I was determined to fit back into some of my clothes and not buy new ones, since the maternity clothes no longer fit. I think we all know at what weight we each feel most comfortable being. It should never be a horse race to "model-size." And, we should all consider our health the most important issue. Extremes are unhealthy.
 

Julia R. (290)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:24 pm
Great post! I had a C-section with my daughter and still have stretch marks and scars from that time! But, I wouldn't get rid of any of them because they remind me of an awesome time in my life and the incredible bond between mother and child is worth every scar and change in your body! I think we all need to mature in our culture and realize that there isn't one standard or template for beauty- "beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder," and "truth is beauty and beauty is truth."
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:27 pm
Thanks.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:12 pm

The healthy size may not be the same size we were before we became pregnant, that too is big adjustment. Extremes are unhealthy and I think there are changes in our bodies as we age. The ever notorious "jelly belly" is a shock after number one, from then on we do know that goes quickly. Some get stretch marks some do not, but I don't know anyone that would trade a few pounds for the joy of pregnancy.
 

Dee C. (214)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:24 pm
I am proud of my body..always have been..always will be..every wrinkle..line..crease..every spot..scar..veins..stretch marks..lack of body parts..It is who and what I am..what I became throughout my life..with age..with childbearing..with sickness or disease..It is all me..There is no shame in any of it..

Thank you Kit..I hope every woman sees this and can and will feel good about themselves just as they are..

 

Christine Stewart (131)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
It is empowering for women to be able to feel comfortable with their bodies, and to realize that the photos of models are photo shopped anyway and thus unrealistic.
 

Claudia O. (73)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:40 pm
Boy... I needed this article today. Having bad feelings about weight gain.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:43 pm

Well just don't,Claudia society has far too much negative to say and rarely something positive. Sisters we are beautiful just the way we are.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:44 pm
We are Mother Earth's heartbeat, the life-givers, it is our responsibility to bring peace, harmony and balance back to the world. This will not happen if we continue to find fault with ourselves or perpetuate it on our sisters.

Love yourselves as you are NOT what some man's concept of you. Remember, most of these Corporate what you should buy, do, or be is from men. Take back your lives!
 

Carlene V. (203)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 7:55 pm
Not all women look the same after having a child or children. Some get stretch marks and sagging skin, others you can't tell they've had kids. No matter, be proud of who you are and I hope Beall makes all women feel empowered. Air brushing of photos has given women and men too, a distorted image of what most bodies look like.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday July 8, 2013, 1:05 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:35 am
Excellent!
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:19 am
Noted. Airbrushing shouldn't be allowed Period
 

John De Avalon (35)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:57 am
Wisdom teaches you that beauty is more than physical.....
 

John De Avalon (35)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:58 am
Love teaches you that your mother is the most beautiful women in the world...
 

Sandi C. (242)
Monday July 8, 2013, 9:24 am
thanks Kit.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday July 8, 2013, 10:08 am
Thanks for sharing Kit--I am so glad this empowering, self-esteem building effort is taking off.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Monday July 8, 2013, 12:00 pm
I agree with John De Avalon
 

Connie O. (42)
Monday July 8, 2013, 2:40 pm
Wonderful article and photos....show it like it is.
 

Jo S. (492)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:52 pm
Thank you for sharing Kit.
Noted & shared.
 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:09 pm
sexy
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:29 am
I liked it, them. I was taken aback by the 14 year old's attempt to get one untouched photo each month. I had no idea they were ALL tricked up. Then again, I don't read magazines really. Even so, I wouldn't say these pictures changed my opinion about beauty, but then I don't hold the standard, or seemingly so, idea about that. I think all human beings are beautiful, within and without. I don't judge people on how they appear but by what they say and do. The rest is window dressing and biology, people are who they are, not what they look like. Women and men both.
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 3:33 pm
Our failure to recognize the beauty of the world is directly related to our training as consumers. We live lives of lies and betray ourselves with a personal dishonesty based on corporate need to sell products. Each of us is perfect. Just ask the Buddha.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 6:05 pm
Robert H. is so spot on about how we have allowed ourselves to be trained by the carneys of the world, who will sell us anything they can convince us to think we need!

As for Jade Beall,"You go girl!"
 

Dale O. (193)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:51 am
A woman's body is the creation of Nature and is beautiful both before and after birth.
 
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