Empowerment Series: Photo shoot
Back in May we gathered 10 beautiful ladies together, of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and styles, and we completed our first ever photo shoot for Femme. The topic of representation had been in the front of our minds for a while, and the photo shoot was a perfect way for us to try and physically express what we had been trying to vocalise.
There is not one type of beauty. Sometimes it can feel like there are many rules and many lines we have to cross in order to reach today's standards of beauty; but it doesn't have to be that way. We can define what beautiful is for ourselves. We can look within, and be happy with what we were given. Inspire the younger generation to be less image obsessed, and instead character driven.
The media for years has tried to brainwash us into thinking that we need to fix ourselves. It has bombarded us with manipulated images, making us all subconsciously feel slightly alienated if we do not look like the women in those images. The average size in the UK is a 14. If this is the case, then why are so many of the models we see an 8 or below? Why do so many girls struggle with eating disorders, and body dysmorphia? If there are so many colours of women, then why is it that we mainly only see European features plastered all over our screens? Why do they Photoshop over dark circles and acne and stretch marks if realistically, this it what most women look like?
The questions and the lists are endless, but what we wanted to do with our photoshoot was gather as many women as we could and help them to feel empowered. To assure them that they are already beautiful, exactly as they are. We did no hair and makeup on our ladies, and there was no dress code. We told everyone to come as they are. Come in whatever they felt the most comfortable in. Our hope was that by having these images representing real life, every day women, that everyone else who saw it would be able to identify with at least one of the women in the pictures and think, well, if they can be that confident, then so can I!
All of the girls were slightly insecure and nervous; all had completely different styles and different types of beauty, but the one thing that they had in common was how supportive they were of each other. It was a beautiful day to be apart of, and I am so pleased to share some of the photos with you all.