The body discovery project uses the artist style of Shani Finch incorporated with human models. The lines and shapes are designed to provide a positive platform for the models to discover the curves of their body.
Holly- “My relationship with my body had always been a little strained. I grew large breasts at a young age and they garnered a lot of unwanted and unwarranted attention that I was not equipped to handle while still so juvenile. I not only felt objectified, but I felt out of control. There was nothing I could do to slow the progression of the change occurring within and without me. I began to crumble under the weight of being thrust into this sexual sphere that I didn’t want to be a part of. I was studious and prided myself on my internal value. It was like a betrayal to be associated merely by this new physical attribute – it was as though my body had taken my credibility for intelligence and any other qualities I may have. I felt like vacuous, walking tits. And for a while I believed that I was.
In this phase of my life I started struggling with my association to womanliness. I started to dislike what I was. I had and have a flat little butt and narrow hips, which I was never so glad about, but what I considered to be my top heavy disproportion, revolted me. I’d looked into augmentation procedures for a long time because I felt that my nipples, especially, needed fixing – I needed fixing.
It’s taken me a long time to reclaim my appreciation and pride in who I am, and anatomically, what I am. I will never naturally have porn star boobies, I will always be short and I may never have a beyonce ass – and most days I just don’t mind. This little body has taken me everywhere I’ve ever needed or wanted to go!
There’s a little Roald Dahl quote that has always meant a lot to me that goes; ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’
I live by that shit.
I’m not going to pretend like I’m always comfortable in my skin, but I know that I can have a balance between appreciating my internal and external self now and that the way I feel about both intrinsically affects the other. I don’t have to hide away or behind either anymore because I know that I have worth.”
All photos are unedited, as beauty does not need editing.