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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Real Post Baby Bod: Stunning NUDE Shots Show What New Mothers Really Look Like After Giving Birth (PHOTOS)


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Stretch marks and saggy tummies but beautiful all the same! Stunning nude photos reveal what women REALLY look like after giving birth

 
 
Posing naked during or after pregnancy is often the last thing that some women feel like doing, but for others it can be both empowering and emotional.

Now a new book reveals the truth about women's bodies after they have had children, complete with stunning photos and wise words from the mothers featured, all of whom explain how they learned to love their changing physique.

And it certainly doesn't pull any punches. Stretchmarks, saggy tummies and loose skin all feature in A Beautiful Body Project: The Bodies of Mothers by US photographer Jade Beall.
 The latest craze among women, especially celebrities, is to show off slim, toned bodies just months and even weeks after childbirth.

However, a group of women have decided to participate in a project undertaken by a photographer to show exactly how women’s bodies look after childbirth.

The photos are included in a book which reveals the truth about the changes that take place in women’s bodies after they have children.


Daily Mail reports:
 Stretchmarks, saggy tummies and loose skin all feature in A Beautiful Body Project: The Bodies of Mothers by US photographer Jade Beall. According to experts, birth has a huge impact on a woman’s body and many feel their bodies are no longer the same afterwards.

But many of the women in Beall’s fascinating book say that having their photograph taken helped them to reconnect with their bodies and overcome any negative thoughts about their perceived imperfections.

Accompanying the photographs of 80 women who volunteered to be photographed nude or semi-nude are their stories of how giving birth changed them.

Some said that they initially found their new bodies with their stretch marks and loose skin ‘repulsive’ but after time, came to appreciate their strength and beauty.
One of Beall's subjects Kasthuri. Her first child was born via a C-section after complications during birth
One of Beall’s subjects Kasthuri. Her first child was born via a C-section after complications during birth
Photographer Jade Beall says she specialises in truthful images of women to counteract the culture of airbrushing
Photographer Jade Beall says she specialises in truthful images of women to counteract the culture of airbrushing
 Beall, who lives in Arizona, says she suffered from poor self-image all of her life, but that it was only after she become pregnant that she began to love her body. After giving birth she once again fell into a trough of self-loathing and became obsessed with losing weight.

But when she posted a nude self-portrait online that showed her breast-feeding her baby son it went viral and was shared around the world.  Thanks to the huge media interest in her project, Beall then decided to create a series of photos showing ‘real’ and inspiring women of all different ages, shapes and sizes, saying that she hoped to inspire future generations of woman to embrace their beauty just as they are.
Rachel had her first child at the age of 30 and describes the 'pure bliss' after the pain of giving birth
Rachel had her first child at the age of 30 and describes the ‘pure bliss’ after the pain of giving birth
A splash of colour from Kendra, 36, with her baby daughter
A splash of colour from Kendra, 36, with her baby daughter

But Beall didn’t have the money to carry the project out on her own, and considered dropping the whole thing to concentrate on her professional work.

However her husband Alok Appadurai suggested that she tried to raise funds through Kickstarter. After uploading a video created on their home computer, she was astonished to find that people pledged $60,000- three times what she had asked for – and she had got a further $20,000 in pre-orders for the book.
Media interest in her project took off in early 2013 with coverage from news organisations from all around the world.

Now her book. which was edited, proofed and produced by neighbours and volunteers, will be published May 11.

In the preface, Beall writes: ‘We joyously present you with this revolutionary concept and global body positive and self-love movement: that one need not be photoshopped to be beautiful.

‘One need not be anyone but one’s own self to be lovely and lovable. One need not buy a thing
to ‘improve’ or ‘change’ their irreplaceable preciousness.

She continues: ‘Scars, rolls, bones, big or small breasts, wrinkles all tell a story, the ‘I Am Beautiful’ story.

‘Thin and voluptuous women; young and old women; dark-skinned and pale women; the one legged and no-legged women; yes all women beautiful on the inside are equally and authentically beautiful on the outside!’

‘There is no one else like you. Our variety and differences give greater meaning and depth to the concept of what beautiful truly is! We need you. I need you. You belong here. You are beautiful.’

A Body Beautiful Project: The Bodies of Mothers by Jade Beall, £30.20, is available to pre-order on Amazon.co.uk
The photographer Jade Beall captured women’s bodies at all stages of pregnancy

Mother-of-two Gail, 44, credits the photos with helping her recover her self-esteem after battling cancer
Mother-of-two Gail, 44, credits the photos with helping her recover her self-esteem after battling cancer

Women like mother-of-two Christina, 30, said that after posing for Beall they appreciated the beauty of their bodies much more
Women like mother-of-two Christina, 30, said that after posing for Beall they appreciated the beauty of their bodies much more
Chris, 52, posed with her 21 year old daughter Loren and says her idea of beauty changed over the years
Chris, 52, posed with her 21 year old daughter Loren and says her idea of beauty changed over the years

The photographer Jade Beall captured women's bodies at all stages of pregnancy
The photographer Jade Beall captured women's bodies at all stages of pregnancy
 
 

The book contains 80 stunning pictures of women who volunteered to have their pictures taken
The book contains 80 stunning pictures of women who volunteered to have their pictures taken
 
 


 

20 comments:

  1. Absolutely FANTASTIC! Way to go ladies, nothing beats pregnancy & motherhood! Love our bodies or loathe them, your choice & we make no apologies for it!!!

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  3. The women kasturi is Indian tamil actress.Never ever a Indian women posted like this, this so encouraging for other women.

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  4. But seeing a tamil actress breastfeeding boobs with black aerolas and pointed nipples is boner. imagine if any man would have present during this photo shoot he would have a actress topless boobs,if for any awareness she have many ways to do that,not by posing topless this not the right way.Its a shame for her husband and her child if anyone provokes them by "i have seen ur wives or moms breasts totally with her black aerolas. Its exposure of moms ripe breastfeeding breasts it should be only to her family.its really wrong posing like this...

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  5. Is this the way of creating awareness of breastfeeding not really.....Imagine kasturi in this pics is well known Indian actress....If her husband or child sees this pics the would never be proud of it..infact they would be ashamed of it...wil her husband be happy watching her wife breasts seen to whole world...? or wil her child be happy of her moms breasts watched by whole world...? Infact the camera man become the real man of the women watched other man wives breasts so closely that he could have seen a nipple hole where the milk would have come from for her...which even her husband would never seen....would have seen his wives

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