A campaign, called “Underneath We Are Women”, has been launched to promote the positive differences in women’s physical appearances and the relationships they have with their bodies.
The project and Kickstarter campaign has been created by Australian photographer Amy D. Herrmann and features 100 photographs of women in their underwear. The aim of the project was to photograph
100 women from all walks of life, shapes, sizes and age. Each photo has a different statement which says for example “I am confident”, “I am strong” and “I am independent”.
Herrmann told the Huffington post that the project was as much about diversity of the ladies bodies as it is about the stories behind them.
The photos feature women ranging from 19 to 73 years old and includes women that have survived breast cancer, a lesbian couple with their child, a transgendered woman, a disabled woman, a body builder, a woman who has survived an eating disorder and many more.
On the Underneath I am website the project says: “UNDERNEATH, WE ARE… young, fat, tall, WE ARE trans, skinny, disabled, WE ARE mothers, WE ARE short, scarred and old. We are the many labels that society has created for us.
“But what if I told you that underneath it all, I AM… determined, tenacious, strong, capable, loud, resilient… would you see me differently? So sure, give us a label, put us in a category, but underneath it all, WE ARE women.”
In Herrmann’s bio, on her website, she explains: “We will experience so many things in our lifetime that will impact the physical appearance of our bodies, it would be silly to think that our body could withstand an entire lifetime and come out completely unscathed. Do people really believe that that could be possible?”
“The sooner we realise that all things physical (i.e. our appearance) end with how we choose to perceive them mentally, the sooner we can start taking control of our bodies.”
She added: “Today I’m going to tell you that I am a defiantly determined woman, longing for change in a world that constantly tells us that a woman’s confidence is seen as arrogance and our self-doubt is being held up as some kind of modesty. I’m going to tell you that this kind of thinking, is backwards. I’m here to change this. I AM all of the above mentioned descriptions.”