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Underneath We Are Women  𝓐 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓳𝓮𝓬𝓽 𝓪𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓫𝓸𝓭𝔂 𝓭𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓲𝓽𝔂 . 📷Photographer & Founder @amydfoto 📖Book out 2019 💌Order your doll below

“BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN!”
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That is the theme for this years NAIDOC week. And my goodness, if this woman right here doesn’t encompass everything about that theme, I don’t know what would! .
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@hcoultharddare Charlotte, you are radiant, defiant, carefree, you are everything! I hope you felt every bit as radiant as you looked at the 2018 NAIDOC week ball in Pt Augusta. You are shining so darn bright girl! .
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I remember photographing you for the book some time ago and you said you were so nervous, and then you got up in front of my camera and absolutely smashed it! You chose the word ‘carefree’ to describe yourself, and you were just that. In that moment, completely carefree. And that’s what I see again in you here!
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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Are you disabled? Love fashion? Do you want to model in Melbourne Fashion Week ?
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#Repost @carlyfindlay 📷 @ngino_amum
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You could be modelling alongside these fabulous people - @ngino_amum @michelle_roger, @rvbyallegra
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Hit up the link in @carlyfindlay account or send her a DM and she’ll send you the form :) .

They are seeking more diverse disabled people to be involved.
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@carlyfindlay along with a few other awesome people have been working hard on this incredible event. .

Access to Fashion at @melbfashionweek!! It’s on in melbourne on 1 September 2018.
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It will feature disabled models and a panel discussion about accessible and inclusive fashion.
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If you want to get involved in any way, email Carly at mfwdisabilityshow@gmail.com. .

You can donate to pay participants by clicking the link in her profile. Some of the models who have signed up so far are @rvbyallegra @ngino_amum @michelle_roger

Three years ago I photographed this beautiful woman. My best friend.
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Three years ago, @erinmay03 along with three other incredible women, put their trust in me and let me bring to life an idea that had long been sitting in my mind, waiting to be awakened.
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@erinmay03 @g.self1994 @r_jeffery @sj_ferrets_pureromance I will forever be so grateful for your support and trust in allowing me to show the world your beauty. You stepped out of your own comfort zones, and in doing so, you helped women all over the world and gave them power to do the same.
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To date, I have received over 1000 applications from women around the world asking to be involved in the project and I’ve photographed 116 women!
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Thank you Erin for trusting me. Thank you for supporting me.
Thank you for being you!
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#underneathwearewomen #underneathiamloud

World Vitiligo Day - 25th June.
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Sending love to these beautiful babes that I photographed in New York City. Thank you for sharing your stories, baring all and bringing light to the beauty of #Vitiligo .
#worldvitiligoday #vitiligobeauty

What brings you joy in your life?
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Lately, as you know, I’ve been creating and making all these cute lil dolls to send out to loads of you wonderful people!
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Making these dolls has been bringing me so much joy on multiple levels. They seem to tick all the boxes for what brings me joy and satisfaction.
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I wanted share a few photos with you all and also thank you all too! What a beautiful little community we have created here. One of love and support.
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I want to know, are you are a creative? Do you have a hobby that brings you joy? Does your work bring you joy? What makes you feel satisfied or fulfilled?
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#dollslikeme #underneathwearewomen

Imagine finding a doll that looks just like you. Imagine having a collection of dolls that were just as diverse, individual and unique as we are! I imagined that for a long while, and now, I'm doing something about it! I've created Dolls, LIKE, ME. Handmade, individual and lovingly created. These dolls create a sense of acceptance and understanding. Teaching children about the nature of diversity among people.

I AM SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THESE DOLLS ARE NOW READY FOR PURCHASE!

Exposing children to appearance diversity from a young age can help create better understanding and promote acceptance early on. For older children, these dolls offer the opportunity to create discussions around the topic appearance diversity. Not only that, these dolls promote roll playing and imagination! ​And, they're just incredibly cute! ❤️ Head to the link in my bio to order your MYSTERY PACK of dolls!

#dollslikeme #underneathwearewomen

I want to quickly talk about bit of a side topic, but nevertheless an extremely important one. Money. 💰💰💰.
Most people don’t like discussing money, and when it’s brought up, people can get a little sensitive.
The reason I’m bringing this up is because I’ve seen, both through this project and many other accounts, people getting upset when money or funding is brought into the conversation on particular social media accounts.
Here are some things you need to understand.
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💰Social media is FREE to the VIEWER (you).
💰Creating content takes TIME. .
💰Time is something of VALUE
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So when you see one of your favourite social media activists asking for your support monetarily, please think twice before you shoot them down as being greedy or telling them that people shouldn’t have to fund social media content. .

These people work hard to bring you FREE content. No one is forcing you to make monetary contributions, but each content creator has a right to ask for support. And Support in the form of funds to cover costs of their time that they generously give to you, is worth a hell of a lot more than some of the backlash I see at times.
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It’s hard to ask for support. It’s especially hard to ask for Support in the form of money. Please, help support activists, advocates, artists, and those doing the hard work and speaking out in a really tough space - social media. .
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Shoutout to some of my baes working their butts off, love you all - @rvbyallegra @rvbytheartist @sassy_latte @iamdaniadriana @nnekagigi @catdean_artist @headedsomewear
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Pictured: Niki & Love wearing the #underneathwearewomen t-shirts. Available through link in bio.

CW/TW: Mention of suicide

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This is a difficult post for me to share and to be completely honest, I'm still unsure whether it's a good idea or not.

But I hope that by sharing my story, it might help others to come forward and get help, or approach someone they feel needs a hand, or at the very least, I hope that it will create a more open discussion around suicide and mental health.

This Friday I will be participating in Tread Together, a 24 hour treadmill challenge in support of Suicide Prevention Australia, to raise much-needed awareness of suicide, and funds towards its prevention.
I will be taking part in the challenge at @atfgreenacres . If you'd like to join my team and come along to run, jog, walk, dance alongside me, PLEASE do so! Just comment below!

If you can't make it but want to show your support, please head to the link in my bio and make a donation by this Friday

Thank you for watching, thank you for reading, thank you for supporting me and the many many other Australians that are effected by suicide and mental health on a daily basis.

You can view the full video on the Underneath We Are Women Facebook page.
Amy

Donate Here>> https://treadtogether.gofundraise.com.au/page/AmyDHerrmann0

If you feel you need to talk to someone, reach out. Don't wait. People want to help, even if they don't completely understand all of the time, they still want to help.

You can always call Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14 which is a Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention line.

Or, if you, or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call 000.

#treadtogether

“I often get asked, "what do you do or say when someone stares at you?" I always smile and say hello. Sometimes I even walk closer to whomever and give them a compliment.
Beauty could also be the energy you send out into the universe. Smile a little more, laugh louder than those who laughs at you. Here's a #chronic reminder, there's no such thing as perfection. We all have scars some way or another. Those visible scars represent strength. Don't give up on yourself until you take your last breath. You are not alone!”
#Repost @bellenge


Raw image from @underneath_we_are_women ' project- Sporting nude set @loveandnudes #BerlangeStory #BeRevealed #bestfootforward #whatsunderneath #klippeltrenaunaysyndrome #ktstrong #daretobare #oneofthem #iamyou

#Repost @watchshayslay ・・・
Is this... how you like it, daddy?
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As a fat transwoman, sex work was almost inevitable. During the beginning of my transition., I knew that my body, would become an outlet for this field. Well many of my trans sisters were working on their bodies, via surgery; my weight created a natural feminine appearance.
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These features made passibility fairly simple, which in hand, made sex work easier. My body was already fetishized as a fat individual, adding in being transgender, was the bow on the package. And while I struggled, it was never half as bad as my sisters.
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My life existed at nightfall; when we comb the depths of darkness, searching to fulfill our fantasies. Hoping one day, we will be comfortable enough, in accepting our true desires. Desires far too outside the box for streamline society. What lies inside us, will always stir, unless we tame it.
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My body became a running experiment for the lost, confused, and questioning. Men seeking an outlet for release, that they weren’t finding at home. To which my mind was comfortable with accepting. I had money, stability, and my mentality. Or so I thought...
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I always say, sex work chose me. But what I never chose, was to disconnect mentally. While I used my body to survive, my mental health deteriorated. I had to disconnect, because without it, I wouldn’t have managed.
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When I finally left sex work, that mentality remained. It took years for me to truly appreciate, my body and sexuality, for what they are. To enjoy, the act of sharing yourself with someone, because you want to... and not because you have to.
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I own my body. I’m allowed to feel sexy outside of the constraints, that have been pushed upon me by society. I refuse to remain in the darkness, when I am filled with so much light.
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I will not be denied the option, to lead a ordinary life, because my body isn’t accepted societally. This body is fat. It’s trans. It’s hella sexy! So I will stay mentally aware, enjoy sex, and own all of it... because that is what I deserve.
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📸: @underneath_we_are_women
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#plusmodel #writersofinstagram #effyourbeautystandards #trans #fat #femme #transgender #fatty #plus #bopo

PISS OFF INSTAGRAM WITH YOUR BULLSHIT ‘COMMUNITY STANDARDS’!!
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This post was taken down, so I’m going to go ahead and RE-POST this because it DOES NOT ‘violate’ ANY community guidelines. .
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Fuck I get tired of this shit! .
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#dontcensortruth

“Dear body,
Thank you. Thank you for carrying me through decades of ill health. Thank you for enduring the pain and discomfort, despite knowing there will be more of it. Thank you for surviving the impossible and still holding up strong. Thank you for carrying me through this journey, and waking me up every morning despite it all. It’s a struggle to love you sometimes when my legs become weak, my body hurts, my eyes can’t open, and my stomach turns inside out. But the good outweighs the bad. The wind in my hair, the love from my family, seeing the sunset, the ground we walk on, laughing till my belly hurts in a good way. How can I not love you” .
- - #Repost @reneesfight
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#fuckyourbeautystandards #uwaw #morningthoughts #intestinalfailure #effyourbeautystandards @underneath_we_are_women #underneathwearewomen

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