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Underneath We Are Women  A PHOTO BOOK ABOUT BODY DIVERSITY Visibility + Voice = knowledge + understanding Photographer :: Amy D Herrmann BOOK out 2018 📖 #underneathwearewomen

http://www.underneathiam.com/shop

Guess what!? My first batch of #underneathwearewomen bangles are ready to be sent out!
I picked up these beauties from the engravers today. Each beautifully custom engraved with their own individual word chosen by the women. .
✨Underneath I am RESILIENT ✔️
✨Underneath I am PERFECT ✔️
✨Underneath I am BRIGHT ✔️
✨Underneath I am VIBRANT ✔️ .
These are now available in the online shop too. (Link in bio). Along with the Enamel Pins and UWAW T-shirts.
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#womanpower #bepositive #bodypositive #bodylove #selflove #selfloveclub #jewellery #bodiposi #handmadejewelry #sterlingsilver #handengraved

"One year ago today I participated in this awesome photo shoot. So proud of myself, I was so nervous and almost backed out but I didn't. I still feel so awesome about participating and my photo" -- Angela 2017
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"Underneath I am “Fierce”

I have been debating with myself since the shoot if I would show or post my photo on my page for people to see.

Yes, I know it is going public anyway and will end up in a book, but to post it here and to show the people who know me is a real challenge to my comfort zones. I have also had some recent challenges mentally that I am still fighting my way through; they made the decision to participate much harder but also more important to me.
I was inspired by the words of fellow participant, Ruby, and her posting of her photo, so I decided to ‘Just Do It’. 2016 was a year to challenge my comfort zones and participating in UWAW by Amy Herrmann was/ is a huge deal for me and pushed my comfort zones a number of times. I considered backing out so many times even on the day of the shoot, but I was constantly reminded by a friend this was not just for me, but I would also be helping others. So even though I was unsure and recently going through a rough time mentally, I pushed through my comfort zones and my doubts and it was totally worth it.

This image of me makes me feel nervous. I can portray a confident and extroverted person to those around me, but in reality that is not who I am and certainly not when it comes to my body image. There are many things about myself I do not allow people to see.

Like many women I don’t have a positive body image of myself. As a person with a disability I wanted to challenge society’s perception of the disabled body image and the idea it is something to be covered up, hidden, seen as unattractive and to be fixed. These are the reasons why I love this project so much. Challenging ideas.

Amy is challenging, no, correcting us as a society, showing us that no matter what we look like no matter our size, shape, challenges, differences, beliefs we are all the same. Underneath we are all women." -- Angela 2016

💪 NOT FUCKING SORRY! 💪
Be you. Be fearless. Be unapologetic.
Never EVER be sorry for your body. Never apologies for the way someone else feels about YOUR body. That's on them! That's their own insecurities, NOT yours. You don't need to apologise, be sorry or even give two fucks about what others think of your appearance. "If my appearance makes you uncomfortable, that's for you to deal with. It's not up to me to modify my appearance, fashion, style, voice, or any way that I choose to present myself, simply to make YOU feel comfortable."
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The UNAPOLOGETIC RUBY PIN is now available for purchase through our online shop (link is in the bio). This is the first design in a series of enamel pins based on some of the women I've photographed for the project so far. This first batch is limited to just 30 pins! .
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#UNAPOLOGETIC #underneathwearewomen #enamelpins #pingamestrong #pingameproper #feministpin #feminist #feminism #bodypositive #bodypositivity #effyourbeautystandards #unapologetic #unapologeticallyme #loveyourself #lovetheskinyourein

✨SMILE WITH YOUR ENTIRE FACE! ✨
Nothing better than a smile that comes from deep inside. The type of smile that you can't help but smile back at 😁
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On a side note, the #underneathwearewomen t-shirts and tanks are now available for purchase in our online shop (link is in the bio). Yay!! .
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Don't forget to give someone, anyone, a full face smile next time you're out and about. You never know how much of an impact it might have. Love, guys, it costs nothing... so spread that shit around everywhere!! 💕
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#spreadthelove #bodylove #bodypositive #bodypositivity #smile #smilewithyoureyes #selflove #loveyourself #loveoneanother #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #model #plussize #purplehair #purplehairdontcare

I did a thing! I made a thing. I made happiness in the form of a pint sized pin that can come with me wherever I go.
This is @rvbyallegra She's a babe. And she's a fucking awesome friend. Every time I look at her photo for the #underneathwearewomen project I can't help but smile. Her radiance and energy are contagious. So I just totally made her gorgeous self in a #lapelpin
Now guys, I'm not going to selfishly keep all this glorious Ruby-sunshine-happiness to myself. No. Eventually these little babies will be available for purchase.
But not before I pop in to see @rvbyallegra and drop her her very own pin!
UNDERNEATH I AM #UNAPOLOGETIC .
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#underneathwearewomen #pingamestrong #lapelpins #bodypositive #bodylove #bodypositivity #loveyourself #lovetheskinyourein #disabilityawareness #pingameproper #pingame #enamelpins #enamelpin #plussize #plussizefashion #happiness #feminist #feministpin

You can NOT assume to know someone's health or abilities based solely on their outward appearance!
Let me just say that again for those in the back... YOU CAN NOT ASSUME ANOTHER'S HEALTH BASED ON APPEARANCE! .
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I recently took part in a 12 week challenge that was organised by a good friend of mine. Now, these types of challenges hold their own set of problematic issues surrounding health, fitness and nutrition, but I'll address that in another post.
For now, I want to focus on the incredible determination, motivation, encouragement and shear power both physically and mentally that I witness today!
Let me lay it out for you... I arrived at today's event with over 20 other people to take part in a fun-filled, brutal, sweat-fest of a comp.
Amongst those 20 something people, of which most were women, there was a huge array of fitness levels, ages, abilities and of course, body types!!
We all had our own individual strengths, which was incredible to witness. What I saw today was a bunch of women completely demolishing this idea that your outward appearance can be something that determines your inner health or physical abilities!
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There is a whole lot more that I'd like to talk about in regards to what I have learnt during these past 12 weeks. Both positive and potentially problematic aspects of these types of 'beginnings to a healthier you'. Especially in regards to food and exercise. But as I said, I'll leave that for another post. For now, I just want to appreciate the shear woman power I witnessed today! .
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#underneathwearewomen #womanpower #liftoneanotherup

Wait! So you're telling me it isn't all 🌞 and 🌈 's after all!? Guys, I've recently become aware of something. Something I'm 100% guilty of. (Just see my last image I posted, however cute AF it is. Is it perhaps a little problematic to post that type of content 100% of the time?)
Ok, bare with me. I'm talking about a trap that many of us (myself included) fall into when we first enter the #bodypositive community. We naively think that we can just post cute positive mantras and images and every so often repost a WOC or disabled woman in our feeds to show our intersectionality and give ourselves a little pat on that back and say "job done, I'm making a difference". Well, actually, you're not. I'm not. Now, by no means am I saying to stop putting out those positive vibes. But perhaps there's a little more you can do.
People love the body positive movement as long as it is palatable. You know, happy, positive, non-political, not-too-fat, white, able-bodied and not too confrontational. (Hmm, did I just describe myself?)
But here's the thing, posting body positive content that's easily palatable and comfortable isn't really helping. Maybe to begin with it might. But it's important to keep pushing.
@themilitantbaker says it perfectly in her latest piece (link to this is in her bio) She explains how this type of 'all sunshine and rainbows' body positivity isn't
1/ intersectional

2/ focuses on white and often thin bodies, and

3/ refuses to dig into the deep and critical political issues around comprehensive body liberation and, instead, relies on topical positive messages to keep us all feeling cheerful, and--most importantly: comfortable. "This particular lens of body positivity has gained an enormous (and seemingly unstoppable) following—which isn't surprising, as it has taken the original focus of Fat Acceptance and purposefully replaced its polemic aims with palatable conversations."
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The body positive movement has always been about creating a space for marginalised bodies. But it quickly gained mainstream momentum when it was taken over by predominantly white, able-bodied, cis-gendered women and ultimately taking away space from marginalised bodies.

Ok so I need a little help. I'm just working bringing together some resources for the #underneathwearewomen website. .
Kind of like a directory of organisations that help with say #mentalhealth, #eatingdisorders etc or anything you think would help women with body image/mental health related issues. .
I know we have quite a few women from different parts of the world following this project so it'd be wonderful to get a directory for say #Australia, #US, #UK, #Canada, #New Zealand, #Mexico, #Germany as these are our biggest audience bases also. . --The other thing I'd like is some suggestions/tips that we can put into perhaps a Q & A section for how to stay body positive. .

I hope this all makes sense. .

So basically....
----comment below with your own tip for how you stay #bodypositive or keep a positive outlook when things are going to shit.
. ----any organisations that you think people would benefit from knowing about. Either local to your city, statewide, nationally or globally. .
----Perhaps one inspiring or awesome (or both!) person to follow on social media. There are loads but it'd be great to compile bit of a list.
Thanks everyone!!!!

🔥FIERCE🔥
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"This is me, and I'm proud! I'm 20kilos down and counting! I don't look the same anymore but the message is still the same! I'm STILL the same fierce woman I will always be!"
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"This amazing project is coming to #LosAngeles and #NewYork soon! Would love to see more of my sisters of color(all colors). Please pass it on and get behind this powerful project"
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I love that even though many of the women I have photographed have since undergone huge physical changes BUT still see a women just as worthwhile, powerful and worthy of self love in their 'before' selves. This really is about learning to love the journey we are on at EVERY stage!
Oh, and you heard the woman! Women of colour, PLEASE register for the project. Visibility and representation IS EVERYTHING 🙎🏽🙎🏾🙎🏿
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Upcoming shoots. 🔸Melbourne, AUS
🔸Adelaide, AUS
🔸New York, USA
🔸Los Angeles, USA
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If you are in, near or are able to get to these cities and you have a story you want told PLEASE register (link is in the bio) I can't wait to hear from you. .
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Or, just flick me a DM if you just want to chat too! .
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#powerisknowlege #fkphotoshopping #womenofcolor #effyourbeautystandards #workit #fierce #loveyourself #bodylove #bodypositive #bodypositivity #melbourne #photoshoot #goals #plussize #lovetheskinyourein #happy #dope #attitude #intersectionalfeminism #melanin #melaninpoppin #melaninonfleek #plussizemodel

Ok so this is kind of huge folks. We're coming to the #USA in March next year.
It is official, I'll be coming all the way from #Australia to the US to photograph women in #NEWYORK and #LOSANGELES The dates are set and the flights are booked... but spots are not completely filled just yet.
This has been a pretty massive decision for myself and my family to make, but after having a few incredible women contact me asking to take part in the project, we knew we had to make it happen.
I want this project and book to help as many women as possible and I really believe that by telling these women's stories, it has the potential to help so many... .
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I will be in New York from the 6th - 19th of March 2018 and then in Los Angeles from the 19th - 28th.
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So if you live/are able to get to these cities (exact location of shoots TBA) and you believe you have a story of body image and a message to be told, then I'd LOVE to hear from you. 🔸register via the link in bio

I've photographed many women for the project and each have had an incredible story to tell. However, I have had some requests from others of women they'd like to see represented in this book. (TW THIS LIST CONTAINS some terminology that some may find triggering) If you feel you, or someone you know might like to get involved, PLEASE register your interest. .
. 🔸WOC
🔸Women over 70yrs
🔸Various skin conditions
🔸Plastic Surgery (either medical or cosmetic)
🔸performers
🔸Sports women
🔸Athletes
🔸Sex workers
🔸Ballerina
🔸Psoriasis
🔸Freckles
🔸Acne
🔸ED (recovering or otherwise)
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These are just a few requests that have been mentioned throughout my time photographing this project. If you think you'd like to get involved, but are still unsure, just flick me a message via DM. I'm ALWAYS up for chats. I'd love to hear your story and answers your questions. .
Come at me guys! Get your registrations in, tag your friends and spread the message -- WE ARE COMING ✨💕✨

Sending out all those HAPPY VIBES ✨
Quite literally... the first batch of UWAW t-shirts have been packaged up and will be sent off to their new homes tomorrow!
Get excited peeps!
#ownyourlife #bodypositivity #underneathwearewomen #fierce #effyourbeautystandards #laugh #bodypositive

Who's received their temporary tattoos??!!
I've been busy packaging and sending out these little wonders along with the #underneathwearewomen T-shirts.
Don't forget to hashtag a picture of yourself with #underneathwearewomen so we all get to see how amazing you are!
On a side note, we've got some pretty epically amazing things brewing up for the project but it's still a little hush hush for now. Don't worry, I'll tell you all soon!
#temporarytattoo #ownyourlife #fierce #stickeryou @stickeryou #bodypositivity

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