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Underneath We Are Women  A PHOTO BOOK ABOUT BODY DIVERSITY 📷Photographer & Founder Amy D Herrmann 📖BOOK out 2018 ⬇️💟Help fund the project💟⬇️

http://gofundme.com/6u4f6f-get-women-to-nyc-la

💖Finding time for the things you love💖
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I've been totally inspired by my bestie @rvbytheartist and wanted to get back into painting. I really enjoy painting. It's therapeutic and gives me a sense of satisfaction too. .
Soooo, I've started painting some of the women I've photographed for the UWAW book and they're coming up a bit adorable. I just love them!!! .
💜The first painting is of the incredible @immahairandbeautysalon I photographed Valeana in Melbourne waaay back when I first started the project. And my god was she fun to shoot! So vibrant and full of energy!
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. 💜The second image is of the mega babe @erinmay03 She was one of the first women I photographed for the project. Like, one of the original 4 from the VERY first shoot! One of the women that believed in me enough to get her kit off for me.
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So I'm going to keep working on these and perhaps make a few prints too. Would anyone be interested in purchasing a print? 100% of the funds will go towards the funding of the UWAW book, so you'd be supporting something pretty rad too!
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Just comment with a 💜 if you think you'd love an UWAW print and I'll get to work for ya'll! .
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👶🏼24hrs after baby arrived 👶🏼
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This was me and my baby 24hrs after I gave birth. .
A few of you have asked about this image that was posted in my #topnine2017 particularly about my postpartum belly. .
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I'm always happy to talk about this topic and help people understand why a new mothers belly might look the way it does right after (and even weeks after) giving birth.
The postpartum belly is not a belly we see much. A least not the big ones. Usually, this space is reserved for the bellies that 'snap back' to their 'pre baby body' bellies or for the grim 'before' photo followed by the happy 'after' photo in which the belly is flat and toned. .
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Please don't make the mistake of thinking that I don't respect those who's bellies DO infact shrink back right after birth. I do. But for just a couple minutes, I'm going to talk about the ones that don't. .
After delivering your baby the uterus has to shrink from the size of a large watermelon down to the size of a rockmelon (cantaloupe). Now that's a whole lotta shrinking! And eventually, the size of a large orange. And this can take up to 6 weeks! I had a woman ask me why my belly "still looked pregnant". Well, that's my uterus that is giving my belly that rounded pregnant look. Over the following weeks my body will work very hard (mostly on its own) to contract and shrink my uterus back into position deep in my pelvis. This process of the uterus shrinking is called involution. .
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I was so incredibly tired when this photo was taken, but I'm glad it was. I had told my partner that I wanted a photo taken of myself within the first 24hrs, no matter how tired I was. I wanted to have this image of me so that I could show and explain to my children how amazing my body was and what it was capable of. .
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I've had many many conversations with women about how self conscious they were of their postpartum bellies. Simply because they "had no idea it would look like this." We don't see these types of images much. And we definitely don't see them shown in a positive light. Often only as the 'before' photo. The negative. The to-be-worked-on. The 'don't worry, you'll snap back'. .
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Let's Change that.

👋🏻CYA 2017👋🏻 It's been a whirlwind ride.
2017 was a mix of highs and lows for me personally. I've been sitting here for the past couple hours debating whether or not I should do my #topnine2017 Debating or because not all my 'top' moments are positive ones. Yet I feel like it's important to still acknowledge the 'bad' moments that impact and shape certain parts of our lives. .
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I've seen a lot of these #topnine posts from friends and family and most are very positive, happy and joyous. And I have mixed feelings about them. Maybe some jealousy perhaps? I don't know. I just know that my top nine is interrupted by one particular moment from this year and it's hard not to let that one moment take away from all the incredible, exciting and powerful moments that have changed my life positively during 2017. But, as I said, I feel I 100% need to acknowledge ALL 'top' (big) moments that 2017 held for me. Because ultimately, they have each had a life changing impact on me and how I will enter 2018. .
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So here it is, my 2017 top nine from top left in chronological order. .
💜My eldest daughter started and completed Kindy
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💜I went into labor at full term with my third pregnancy. .
💜And gave birth to our beautiful baby, Finn
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💜We booked flights to the United States for the UWAW project/book
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💜I got married and shared our wedding day with all our friends and family .
💜I had some of the most wonderful times with my family .
💜I photographed women in Adelaide and Melbourne and formed the most wonderful friendships
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💜 I survived a suicide attempt and am receiving the care I need. .
💜I decided that there's never going to be the 'right time' to learn something new and took up skating. .
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So that's it. That's my 2017. Like I said, not sure how I feel about it all just yet. And I might even end up deleting this post. But right now, I'm feeling strong enough to post it. So here we go. .
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🎆2018. here. I. come. 🎆

💋📣Support your sisters, not just your cis-ters 📣💋
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This project is and has always been about diversity and inclusivity. .
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There's a lot of interesting and important conversations happening in the body positive community right now. I mean, they've always been there, but in the past couple days, there have been a lot of posts on the topic of 'who should be included' in this community. It's an important conversation. And for some, it's an uncomfortable one. Uncomfortable because more than often, their privilege is being questioned. .
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The body positive movement in its inception was (and still is) for marginalised bodies. So when we talk about body positivity, it's important to remember this. When I talk about marginalised bodies, I'm talking about fat women, black women, trans women, disabled women. I'm not talking about thin white women. .
Now when we're talking about the topic of who can be 'included' in this community, obviously it's nice to be inclusive. But it's also important to understand that when you use a certain hashtag, for example, that was meant to give visibility to marginalised, unseen bodies, and use it alongside an image of say, a white thin woman, it is 100% co-opting a movement that wasn't meant for that purpose. And essentially, shifting the focus again, away from those unseen, unheard bodies. .
Let's be clear here. I'm 100% guilty of this. And it has only come from sitting down, listening and learning from those around me that I'm now learning that sometimes, we need to let others take the lead. Sometimes this means checking our privilege. Sometimes this means getting uncomfortable and sometimes this means just sitting and listening to the voices that need to be heard. .
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Being a part of the body positive movement and community, means being intersectional. It's political. Always had been, always will be. It means giving those that need to be heard the space they need. The hashtags they created! The visibility they're asking for. .
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As I said, I'm absolutely guilty of not understanding a lot of this. Of speaking over people. Of confusing what I thought was body positivity for what infact was self-love/care. .

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🍎"You are not well groomed. Go to the gym"🍎
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Ok look, I don't normally give ANY airtime to the trolls. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking that my account doesn't get trolled at all, because I'm usually very quick to report & block any haters. .
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Today I engaged with a person that was filled with a lot of hate towards those they feel are lesser than. And today, that hate was directed at me. .
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It sucks to be called nasty things. It does. And it happens more than you know. It happens to myself here on this platform. It happens to my friends on their accounts. It happens. And while we have the power to block these people and move on, at some point we need to address some of this hate.
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Today I was told that my body could be transformed (into something better). That I'm lazy. I'm pathetic. That I'm ugly. That I should go to the gym. That I shouldn't be "teaching others to be fat and lazy to justify my own ugliness."
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Cool. So here's the thing. I've worked and am still working fucking hard to address my past and present ED. I work hard everyday to love the kit I go and what it does for me. Which is a lot! It's done a lot for me. I am privileged to have this body of mine. So when someone that doesn't know me, but claims that they do, simply by looking at a photograph of my body, tells me to do certain things that I KNOW are unhealthy for me, yer, I get just a little peeved! .
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So this ones for the haters and the trolls! I wasn't going to post more shots from this shoot, but you know what? I fucking LOVE these photos of myself. I LOVE them 💋❤️💋 .
So haters, jog on! 💋💋💋
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#dontfeedthetrolls #hatersgonnahate #sexymama #howyoulikedemapples #gofuckyourself

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💋🍎HOW YOU LIKE DEM APPLES🍎💋
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Ok now that I've got your attention, I want to talk about something serious. Wait wait wait, don't run away just yet, stay with me guys. I want to talk about Christmas time and food. I want to talk about what happens to people over the holiday season. I want to talk about how Christmas/the holiday season has become a time for acceptable and often expected, disordered eating. .
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If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me give you some examples. I'm sure many of you have heard these types of words from a friends and family at this time of year...
• "I'm going to have to put in some serious time at the gym after this week"
• "no thanks, I'm trying to be good this Christmas"
• "If I can get through this Christmas without putting on weight, I'll have done well"
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This talk, this behaviour is actually not ok. But it has been made to seem so. It's become so common place, so acceptable that we hardly notice it. Everyone seems to partake in this yearly mass coming together of disordered eating. And it's made even more acceptable by businesses and brands that capitalise on this time of year.
But I've got some questions for you...
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. •How much of this holiday season are you going to exclude yourself from in the name of staying thin?
• How much are you prepared to suffer in the name of 'being good'?
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You don't have to buy into this rubbish. You CAN enjoy yourself. You CAN have that second serving of Christmas pudding.
Please, don't miss out. Don't exclude yourself. Don't punish yourself. Don't feel guilty for enjoyment. .
This holiday season, please, try to let go of all the rules and restrictions. And let go of them WITHOUT the intention of 'working off' or 'making up' for it! .
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Just, enjoy. .
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Also, enjoy this sexy pic of me with these cute lil glittery apple bulbuls 🍎💋🍎💋
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#christmastime #sexychristmas #lilred #sexymumma

Shit weeks and cute nips. .
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The past week has been a total blur for me. But it's been made slightly better by keeping busy with my hands. .
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Anxiety is a bitch and depression is its piece of shit cousin. I'm always trying to find ways to better deal with both. So here it is, I've taken up embroidery. It helps. It distracts my mind and keeps my anxious hands busy. That helps too. .
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Side note... how fucking cute is my little embroidered tit? I'm totally in love! I'm thinking I might need to have a go at embroidering an equally cute little vulva...? Orrrr maybe you have a request? What should I try my hand at next? .
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What do you find helps your anxiety? .
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#anxietygirl #mentalhealth #nip #freethenipple #underneathwearewomen #embroidery #feministart #feminist #craft #feministcraft

Today is International Day of People with Disability.
On Friday I caught the bus into the city with my children to show my support as an ally at the Disability Pride Parade in Adelaide.
I caught up with my beautiful friend @rvbyallegra and this is what she has to say. Listen. Learn. Show up! ⬇️⬇️⬇️
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#Repost @rvbyallegra ・・・
We are loud, we are proud, we are 18% of the crowd. ♿️💟
Today, on International Day of People With Disability, here is me celebrating being disabled and sharing my pride at the Adelaide Disability Pride Parade on Friday.
Being disabled is the most challenging, demanding, exhausting, frustrating, wonderful, beautiful part of my identity and I wouldn’t change any part of it. Let’s continue to fight and work to dismantle the stigma surrounding disability, everyday ableism which is so deeply ingrained in the structure of our society, and the attitude that accessibility is optional; an afterthought, an accommodation, an inconvenience, a burden, a cost.
Question injustices, start conversations, challenge norms, call your fucking friends out when they say “that’s retarded”, get uncomfortable, remember us, include us, show up for us, LISTEN TO US.
The Future is fucking Accessible. ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
Photo by @amydfoto 💜
#cripplepunk #disabledandcute #disabilitypride #queercrip #IDPWD #internationaldayofpeoplewithdisability #disBABEled
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[Image description: Ruby is at the Disability Pride Parade with her friend, Claire. She is wearing all purple (The colour of the Australian Dignity Party) and has purple balloons tied to the back of her wheelchair. She is holding a large white sign with the word ‘Proud’ painted on it in purple capital letters. The other marchers in the background are all wearing purple as well.]

"Oh you're much too pretty to be so angry."
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These very words were spoken to my 5yr old daughter only just a few weeks ago. Seems harmless right? 🤷‍♀️No. It's not harmless. And for quite a few reasons. .
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•These types of comments are more than often ONLY directed at young girls and women.
Creating a double standard between girls and boys.
That is, boys are given the right and acceptance of being aggressive, angry and assertive.
While girls must remain submissive, quite, and controlled.
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. •These types of comments early on in a girls life will often translate into other harmful comments later on in life.
Comments in the work place for example, that go something along the lines of this -- "She's just too emotional to take on that responsibility"
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. • Being told you're too pretty to be angry immediately tells young girls that her worth is based purely on her appearance alone. That showing an emotion outside of submissive is seen as 'un-lady-like'. .
. • Raising young girls that put their looks before their emotional state and feelings leads to dangers situations. Situations where they feel they can't speak up for themselves. Situations where they feel they can't say 'no'!
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Some say this type of thinking is radical. Some say I'm over reacting. Some say I'm too angry. Some say that being so angry is unflattering on a woman. .
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But here's what I say.
ANGRY WOMEN GET SHIT DONE!!! .
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Here's to being angry. Here's to getting shit done. Here's to making change. Here's to raising strong girls.

#Repost @pink_bits
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Illustration of the beautiful @carlyfindlay 😍❤️ photographed for @underneath_we_are_women ❤️
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Love this gorgeous little illustration by the amazing @pink_bits of the equally as awesome @carlyfindlay So many talented women! I've been feeling such a strong connection to the women in my life lately. Like it's just this amazing rise of empowerment coming from our connectedness. It just feel so right when we support each other. .
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#pinkbits #art #illustration #design #feminist #pastel #green #underneathwearewomen #bodypositive #bopo #womenunite #women #feminism #feminist #feministasfuck

I have a challenge for you all! And I promise is a super fun one!
(Also, FML I'm writing this post for the second time because Insta decided to just not post it the first time 😫)
So here's what you do. .
💟GET A CHILD TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO
💟POST IT TO SOCIAL MEDIA
💟TAG IT WITH #underneathwearewomen .
Ok, why? Let's break it down.
Why do we take photos?
Mostly, because we VALUE something or someone enough to want to remember them and immortalise them in a photograph.
We photograph things we believe to be interesting, beautiful, worthy of documentation.
So by asking a child to take a photo of you, it tells them that you believe yourself to be WORTHY and of VALUE. Someone that is interesting, beautiful
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💟So ask your children, a niece, nephew, your friends kids, whoever, to take a photo of you. This isn't an exercise in vanity, it's a demonstration of self-love and body-acceptance!
💟And don't just do it this once. Do it often. SHOW the young people in your life that you see yourself and VALUABLE as WORTHY. Children are far more likely to learn from our actions.
I don't EVER want my children to think that I see myself as an unworthy person of this society. Because that just isn't true. We all have something valuable to contribute. Especially to those young people in our lives. .
💟Asking for a photo often, will help demonstrate and put into action your belief that you are worthy of being remembered just as you are, right now, in this very moment. .
💟And posting those images to social media will help reinforce all of those point to YOU! . .
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1️⃣GET A YOUNG PERSON TO PHOTOGRAPH YOU. (And no, you don't need to be in your underwear 😉)
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2️⃣POST IT TO SOCIAL MEDIA
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3️⃣BE SURE TO TAG #underneathwearewomen

✨NEW YORK CITY✨
I'm coming for ya! And I couldn't be more damn excited. We've almost filled all the NYC spots and I can tell you now, I'll be photographing some pretty incredible women!
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I also want to say a very big HELLOOO and WELCOME to all the new followers. Thank you so so much for tagging along for this crazy ride. If you'd like to support the project/book further, please head to the link in the bio. Any and al donations are so very appreciated and will go towards helping bring some of these amazing women to either NYC, L.A. or Melbourne, Aus.
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Just a side note also... If you pledged funds towards the #kickstarter campaign, please note that if you selected the book as your reward, that you were PRE-ORDERING your book. You will receive the book itself once I have finished photographing all 100 women and the book is printed.
It's going to be incredible!!! #goodthingscometothosewhowait

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