Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes
On Sale: April 1, 2008
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Fifty-four portraits of women that are striking, beautiful,
and real. The bodies in this book have been shaped by the
full sweep of the feminine experience.
to 54 women from all over the country, ages 19 to 95, of all
sizes and shapes, ethnicities, and life experiences, who
were willing to expose their naked physical forms in This
Is Who I Am. They are ordinary women only in the sense
that none is a professional model. They are in all other
ways extraordinary—courageous, curious, thoughtful, speaking
unflinchingly about their bodies, then allowing themselves
to be photographed to inspire other women to make peace with
their physical selves, "to glorify the real beauty of all
Certainly, the feminine nude form is not new
to artists and photographers. But the portraits in This
Is Who I Am, taken by award-winning photographer Rosanne
Olson, with a steady, unjudgmental eye, speak loudly to the
American obsession of feminine perfection—slim hips and full
breasts, high cheekbones and tiny waists, taut skin and
eternal youth—and even more loudly to the way real women,
with real bodies and real lives, look.
tender, personal, and moving, this tribute to contemporary
womanhood is the perfect gift for mothers to give to
daughters, daughters to cousins, cousins to friends.
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