Do You Love Your Body?

I’ve been doing some great new work lately! Stay tuned for my second “dudoir” shoot with an awesome punk-rocker. He told me he read through my whole FAQ and felt like he’d gotten to know me enough to trust me with his photos. It was good to hear – I took a lot of time to write that FAQ and so it’s glad to hear somebody took the time to read the whole thing!

I’ve been noticing a lot of interesting articles about body image lately, and particularly about body image as regards sexuality. There’s a great post in a blog called “Curvy Girl Guide” that talks about the latest Victoria’s Secret campaign.

I don’t have a single positive thing to say about Victoria’s Secret. I thought they might be coming around when I saw that poster this summer, but instead of changing their lineup of models to fit the (seemingly obvious) implications of the slogan, “I Love My Body,” the company swept the entire campaign under the rug and kept the waif brigade.

The fashion industry has it out for the human form, and has for a good many years now. But my question is, what can we, as people do about it – and more importantly for me in this profession, what can boudoir photographers do about it? This is a real question, so please, post any thoughts or possible answers if you have them. I mean, I have a few thoughts. We could decide to bite our tongues when others try to involve us in body-bashing conversations – or better yet, say something else. We could choose a part of our bodies that society is teaching us is inadequate – just one part at a time – and re-examine it with love rather than loathing. Maybe there’s an end to all of this and one day we can be back the beauty we see. And I see hope for this around us! In the popularity of the singer Adele, for instance, her voice is beautiful, as she is. I happen to think she’s very sexy. I see plus size women wearing much better clothing – most of them used to wear what amounted to sacks due to low availability of nice clothes. There are good things in all of this, things to be celebrated – like that we are human, and there is hope that we will change for the better. Sometimes, we do.

This photo of Marilyn Monroe would never have survived the culling and editing of a fashion photographer in 2011. But it should. And we should try to make it happen again.

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