About this project
Thank you everyone who has supported the book and its message of self-acceptance. We will be publishing the book in Spring 2015 and will continue to take pre-orders on www.CURVESTHEBOOK.com.
For ongoing updates make sure to check in with us through www.CURVESTHEBOOK.com.
We like booty. We like your booty. We like curves and boobs and hips and bodies. We love bodies. We love women’s bodies, whether they are skinny, full, flat, athletic, old, young, black, brown, white….but not everybody does... Because not everybody knows how beautiful bodies truly are!
Even though the average American woman is a size 12, media still usually sets the standards of beauty at a smaller woman, making women, beautiful, healthy women—with curves, and boobs, and hips, and, yes, booties — feel an unjust pressure. So we are here now to celebrate the beauty of a healthy booty ;)
This is why I spent years of my time taking pictures of a different type of models and made numerous "body image awareness" campaigns that went viral, caused lots of discussion and broke a few stereotypes... but most importantly made a lot of women feel better about their awesome curves.
This book is a continuation of these projects and a collection of my existing work and new projects. All the images in that book are aimed to demonstrate beauty of very different types of women - short and tall, skinny and curvy, black and white - all sharing confidence and comfort in their body.
Myself, as the photographer behind these images, I've been working in the fashion industry for the past 7 years. After graduating from the London College of Fashion I assisted some of the most celebrated fashion photographers until I felt ready to start on my own in New York City. In the past 4 years I had an honor to photograph covers and spreads for GQ, Maxim, Esquire, Cosmopolitan magazines as well as my work appeared on the pages of the New York Times, Psychologies and other respected publications. But my personal projects have always been aimed to portray a healthy and more relatable model. I feel very happy that the fashion magazines magazines and media in general started to embrace a healthier images of a "beautiful woman" and that is why I strongly believe that this art book can help make a change even more.
At this stage most of the images for the book have already been shot and some of the exclusive images and behind the scenes you can see on this Kickstarter campaign page. Some of the images we would like to keep exclusive for the book release.
A book of that sort has not been made before and we strongly believe that it it sends a very strong message that would spread love, happiness and relief. In today's society the suicidal rate is the highest in recorded history and it's mostly appearance based. This means that by spreading an image of a realistic and beautiful body that women of all ages can relate to and find beautifully portrayed we can save some lives.
This is an important book. For the fashion industry. For media. For women.
Your wife, your daughter, your girlfriend, your mother and most importantly YOU! will look at yourself differently, more healthfully, and more importantly, less (by expanding, and then reclaiming, the discussion about appearance, we can remove some of the focus from it in women’s lives: old and young).
We love your booty. Get it behind this book. The future of healthy booties, big and small, may depend on it.
So please help us do this!!
BIG THANK YOU TO THE AMAZING MODELS AND ARTISTS THAT HELPED CREATE THE PAINT SHOOT FEATURED IN THIS POST
Denise Bidot and Marina Bulatkina - models, both represented by Muse Models NYC
Anastasia Durasova - make up and body paint, assistant Jna Vilanueva
Hair stylist - Lazarus Douvos
Video - Saiga Pictures
Where the raised funds will go:
- An editor ($1,500)
- Book designer ($2,000)
- Printing ($18,000) note printing high quality large format photography books is more expensive than other types of books.
- Shipping ($2000)
- Kickstarter/Amazon payments fee ($4,000)
- Website, ebook, video production ($4,000)
- make up and hair artists salary and studio expenses $6,000
- Total: $37,500
I'd love it if we could go over the $37,500 minimum goal. If you guys can help me get to a higher funding figure, this will allow me to:
- Make a gallery opening event for book launch
- Make more copies of the book that would be available for sale on Amazon
- Show the world that this topic is important
So don't stop helping this project if we hit the minimum!
I'm sure you get plenty of emails like this, but I just wanted to applaud you on how beautiful your work is.
As someone who is considered plus size, your work is simply breathtaking. Seeing women feel as beautiful as they do in your photographs inspires me more than you could imagine.
So thank you.
Hi Victoria: my name is Evelyn. I am a 62 year old grandmother, who
lives in Puerto Rico. Today I was thinking I didn't want to die without having some sexy pictures taken.
I never had the nerves to do it while I was young because I was always self conscience about my body, even when I was beautiful and skinny. But looking at your photographs and how gorgeous the models look I feel better about my body even now that I'm old and fat.....
First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your excellent work. I saw your portfolio few months ago when I was searching for plus size magazines and fashion blogs and was very impressed. You have such an eye to capture the beauty beyond forms. Amazing! Really a beautiful work.
I want to personally thank you for focusing on taking pictures of plus size women. Myself, I always wanted to feel good about my voluptuous shape and proud of being a curvy woman with my 5'11 height and all the extra pounds that come with it. Looking at models who flaunt their bodies the way they do being about my size makes me feel like a more beautiful and a more confident woman.
Risks and challenges
1. Possible delays from the printer — though I'm using a highly-recommended professional printer, they are located in Hong Kong (a lot more cost efficient than printing in the US) there's always a chance that there will be delays on the proofing stage.
2. Shipping delays — Unfortunately that may happen, but we will do everything possible to avoid any delays.
All of this is doable, and I don't anticipate major problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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