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Arts & Culture / Claire Blackmore

Let’s All Celebrate Our Lovely Awkward Bodies

Squishy, weird, imperfect – however you view your body, it should be given a lot of love because it’s everything from practical and intelligent to bewildering and beautiful.

Photographers Bethan Mooney and Isabella Connelly are championing self-love too (#girlpower) and have produced a series of pictures that celebrate just how weird and wonderful our bodies are.

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Speaking to i-D magazine, Bethan said: “I’m drawn to the things people don’t like: stretch marks, pores, pimples, scarring, cellulite, discharge — I love it all.”

“They are a series of contradictions — wrinkly and smooth, squishy and firm, simple and complicated — I realised I didn’t really know my own body. I think my interest grew out of way of exploring the relationship I had with my own body.”

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Bethan’s love for bodies began during her first life drawing class after being faced with nakedness in all its glory.

“I was freaking out about how I would react to having a naked body present itself to me in a series of poses,” she said. “I burst into a fit of awkward giggles but after that subsided I was left with a sense of overwhelming bewilderment at how weird and wonderful bodies are.”

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She wasn’t the only one that felt a new and engaged curiosity. Her and ‘partner in crime’ Isabella collaborated at uni to create imagery that made a strong female statement.

“We encouraged each other to get in front of the camera and photograph our insecurities as a kind of fuck you to society and its screwed-up beauty standards and expectations.

“As soon as I started seeing my own body as a work of art, it changed the way I felt about my accidental markings and “imperfections”. I suppose you could say that I developed not only acceptance of them but also respect for them. So in a way, it has been a roundabout therapy session of self-love.”

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