We live in a society where we are bombarded by unattainable images of beauty and messages that state that unless we look a certain way, we will not be loved, accepted or successful. The devastating results have been a rise in obesity, eating disorders, depression and lowered self-esteem in women and men, boys and girls. More than anything, there has grown widespread body-image dissatisfaction and an overwhelming sense of not feeling ‘good enough’. Such feelings are negatively affecting people’s general health, happiness, relationships at home and work, and life ambition.
I designed the Beautiful Women Project as a reminder to the world that naturally beautiful bodies come in all shapes and sizes, with lumps, bumps and scars too!
The Project highlights the importance of comparing ourselves to what’s natural and what’s real while critically viewing social ideals.
Our bodies tell our life story; they are beautiful portraits of our journeys and experiences. When we know that our body is naturally beautiful, just as it exists, it empowers us to re-focus on life goals, rather than be consumed by how we should alter ourselves physically.
I believe that when we accept and embrace our physical form as it is right now (even if changes are required for better health), we stop the self-battle, and start seeing healthy choices as a gift to ourselves rather than a punishment.
The foundation of the Project is a touring exhibition of 120 life-size clay sculptures of real women aged 19-91, each decorated to reflect an aspect of the women’s life journey. Deemed a revelation of truth the sculptures allow audiences of all ages to compare reality with socially-created, unattainable images of beauty portrayed in our culture.
In addition to the artwork I offer motivational and educational presentations, workshops and resource material with a focus on self-acceptance as the key to living healthy and living happy!
To date, the Project has been showcased in 11 communities in the past 6 years with approximately 70,000 visitors seeing the art and hearing my message.
If you are interested in celebrating reality and empowering change, consider bringing the Beautiful Women Project to your community or conference!