Whether or not you’ve seen the film American Beauty, you’ve likely seen the infamous image of a young Mena Suvari lying nude on a bed of red rose petals with only her bare essentials covered.
The image was not only the key trigger of lust for the film’s main character Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, but it also graced most movie posters and DVD covers printed to promote the film.
In the picture, Suvari perfectly represented what the mainstream beauty industry regards as beautiful, a form that the majority of women cannot realistically ever attain — nor should they want to. I believe that every individual on this planet is beautiful in their own unique way, and it’s time that we created a world that embraced that, rather than cast judgment upon those who do not meet a certain fabricated ideal.
It is because of this belief that I was incredibly happy to come across a series of photos that exemplify the infinite number of forms beauty can take. Inspired by Suvari’s image, artist and photographer Carey Fruth captured 14 different women on a bed of purple flowers, once again with only their privates covered.
Not only are each of these women distinctly different from one another, but they are all distinctly different from what pop culture pressures women to look like. Take the time to not only go through each of the images, but to also familiarize yourself with some of Carey’s other wonderful work on her personal website.
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Wouldn’t it be refreshing to turn through the pages of a popular magazine and see individuals who actually reflect what the majority of us look like? It’s not that those who currently grace covers and mainstream advertisements are not representations of humankind, or “real women,” it’s that we must look a certain way to ever be given that opportunity.
What’s worse, the vast majority of the images we see are artificially enhanced, meaning that even those who do make the cut, and who we already perceive as “perfect,” still don’t meet the industry’s standards.
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