Photographer Jade Beall has taken to releasing a book in which she attempts to challenge society’s view of how women should necessarily look after giving birth.
Jade Beall, a mother of one from Tuscon, Arizona in a candid interview with the huffingtonpost tells how she set out to create the book in an effort to debunk society’s idea that women ought to immediately bounce back after giving childbirth.
Reflects the photographer: ‘We are facing an epidemic of women who feel unworthy of being called beautiful.’
The project, A Beautiful Body Project, set to be released next January spares no shame in portraying the women with revealing scars and imperfections that ordinarily come with pregnancy. A point of view that most media outlets are loathe to champion, rather choosing to shame women for not bouncing quick enough and often celebrating those individuals who manage to revert to flawless beauty upon having giving childbirth.
With hopes to rectify negative stereotypes, Jade Beall goes on to tell how she hopes to redefine society’s idea of what makes for a beautiful woman, especially those women whose bodies have been transformed through pregnancy and childbirth.
Tells Beall: ‘Shaming mothers for not “bouncing back” after childbirth can cause feelings of failure when being a mother is challenging enough.’
Negating women, Beall goes on to tell that negative feelings are often exaggerated among the many women who feel ‘un-beautiful’ even before giving birth. A symptom in society’s consistent portrayal to only relish a woman as long as she fits prescribed beauty standards.
In a video interview, Beall reflects that she likes to think her photographs are ‘medicinial’ – both for the women being portrayed, and for society whose perception of beauty needs ‘healing.’
Reflects the photographer who believes women have the power to make a change: ‘My dream is to be a part of a movement of being kind to ourselves and to others.’
‘And [to] witness a generation of young people that no longer waste years of precious life on self-loathing like I have because they think they are un-beautiful.’
‘Many women feel ‘unworthy’. There can be so many stories shadowing a woman in our culture.’
According to the book’s website, ‘A Beautiful Body project’ is a ‘movement towards women coming together to tell their stories and celebrate their ever-changing bodies so that future generations of women can live free from self-suffering.’
Jade Beall’s next project is said to involve portraits to of individuals who are aging or suffering from cancer or eating disorders.