I was bopping around on the ‘net the other day and I stumbled across an article on Bored Panda about Carey Fruth, a San Francisco-based photographer who has set out to remind us all that beauty does, indeed, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The photo series, titled “American Beauty”, is inspired by the iconic rose petal fantasy scene in the same-titled 1999 film and features 14 women of diverse body types, ages, and ethnicities lying naked on a bed of lilacs.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Fruth explained the motivation behind the project, “Almost every image you see in mainstream media is of one type of woman, thin white women to be specific. … But that is not actually the majority of women in our country look like. America is made up of all types of women. Women who are hungry to see themselves represented in a beautiful way. And why shouldn’t they?”
Every one of the women in these photos are beautiful and unique and embody the sort of self-love and acceptance that we are all entitled to. As far as I am concerned, the Bored Panda article only got one thing wrong. In its article it stated that “Carey Fruth has set out to redefine what ‘American beauty’ is “. To that I would say that there is nothing to redefine. We already are beautiful. All of us.
“American Beauty” by Carey Fruth
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