*My goal now is 1,000 backers, even if they give only $1!!!
*The more I raise beyond the $20k will help me fund things like plane tickets to fly women to my studio who can't afford it as well as lay the foundations for future volumes featuring different groups of women beyond mothers!
*Anyone who contributes $22 or more will be named in the back of pages of the book & ebook!!
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***Also we fixed the ebook problem for non-USA residents: just select the $23 level that allows for international delivery. Sorry we couldn't change the $22 option!***
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I posted this photo below of a friend of mine I took in my studio here in Tucson, AZ.
I had already posted photos of my post-birth body to show the world what I was going through after my son Sequoia came into this world. I then posted onto my Facebook photography page this photo above and it went viral. I realized that there were hundreds and thousands of women who also wanted to share their life stories about their bodies! The emails started flooding in and I knew I had to build this project, that it was my calling. The stories have been intense, beautiful, painful, and everything in between.
A Beautiful Body project is going to be a book of 100 or more black & white photographs of mothers. Each photograph will be accompanied by an essay, a narrative or a poem written by the women in the photograph exploring her personal journey with what beauty and feeling beautiful in a culture that alters over 90% of all media means to her.
I am still taking volunteers for this first volume.
My intention is for this book to be successful so that I can continue on photographing and creating other ‘A Beautiful Body’ volumes such as beautiful women facing aging, beautiful women dealing with cancer, beautiful young women facing eating disorders and beyond.
I have heard hundreds of stories now. Anorexia, childhood bulimia, the mother of a woman told her she was too fat to be a ballerina, self-hatred, self-suffering. Feeling unsexy because she perceived her nipples as imperfect, feeling unsexy because she lost too much weight after breast feeding. Feeling like there was something deeply wrong with her because she only lost 5 pounds 9 months after the birth of her 2nd child. Mourning the loss of her un-suckled breasts. Sexual abuse, self-inflicted abuse, teenage and young adult drug addictions due to self loathing because she never felt beautiful; breast cancer after the birth of a long awaited pregnancy, loss of a baby at birth with a wrinkly tummy to remind her everyday of what might have been. There can be so many stories shadowing a woman in our culture. We are, however, also incredible blessed with tremendous amounts of freedom and the ability to shape-shift concepts and ideas in our country. We have the ability to feel worthy, to believe we are beautiful and to be a part of a community of people who wish to share beauty and joy in this world.
I offer the photoshoots to women for free, and I also have a family that I am a part of supporting. Finally, I want this to be a crowd-funded project rather than have corporate backing, which is why your support means the world to me. All the women photographed are volunteers to show and tell their stories so that other women can step out of the shadows and from behind the veils to see their own divine beauty as women, mothers, hopeful mothers, mothers who have faced loss, mothers who are healing, mothers who are thriving and to women across this Planet.
You can also support this project by sharing it on your social media accounts, telling 3-5 friends, or calling a news station and saying 'hey here's a great story!"
I already have the publishing and distribution in place, as well as 20,000 photos already taken to edit, as well as a fully built website that will dovetail with the physical publication.
The project is intended to redefine beautiful. Our bodies. Ourselves. Our World. Our families. We are beautiful.
Thank you for being a part of the magic we are creating together!
Risks and challenges
One of the main problems I face is scheduling the hundreds of women around the country who want to volunteer for this project. I hope to solve this problem by finding and hiring an assistant as well as a PR person in addition to my incredible husband!
This will be my fist time creating an ebook. If for some random reason we have technical difficulties in completing the ebook I will have to revisit the reward of the ebook and refund my supporters money or find something else to send them instead! But... I seriously cannot imagine too large an ebook obstacle.
If A Beautiful Body Project is funded, I am confident that the book production that I am going to work with will be a breeze! If a problem does arise with production, I will eagerly and confidently use one of the many other publishing services I have researched.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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