A compilation of raw portraits featuring bloggers with NO MAKE-UP and NO RETOUCHING. Women stripped of any facades, exposing their real beauty for all the world to see. These are the most beautiful photos I have ever taken. The most transparent. The most raw. And the most riveting.
As women, we think the word ‘beautiful’ only describes someone who fits within strict, media-defined parameters. Meanwhile, our flaws disqualify us from making the cut. We couldn’t be more wrong. Our unique strengths AND weaknesses make us beautiful; a beauty that no one else can replicate.
It is time for honesty and transparency in social media. Let’s stop defining beauty by a lack of flaws and start defining it by feeling comfortable and confident within our flaws. We all have them: physical, mental, and emotional. As a result, we all have something uniquely beautiful to offer the world. We have enough women pretending to be perfect. We need more women who are real and relatable; women who are not afraid of imperfection.
The Stripped Project was created to help women feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. Women do not need makeup, a new wardrobe, and perfect hair to be picture-worthy. As a photographer, I often find that what my subject considers to be her biggest flaw is actually her most beautiful and defining attribute.
With these photographs, I am starting to grasp my capacity for art, expression, and perspective. I am discovering more and more what it means to be beautiful. Most importantly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the courageous women who were a part of this project. I admire you all so very much. Thank you for letting me capture the real you.