So Italian artist Anne Utopia Giordano recently did the Venus Project, where she photo shopped the famous paintings of Venus to fit today's standards of beauty.
I want to know what you think about how they look now.
Because I just can't get on board.
My favorite thing about the original paintings is the shape of the woman's body.
It is real.
It is beautiful.
And I've always celebrated my own body when it looked a little bit more like the beautiful women in the paintings I adore.
And it makes me stop and wonder,
Why does our society currently place such an emphasis on being thin?
Because a woman's figure is just as beautiful to me with all the curves.
After reading my friend Shannon's response to this (which you should read), I think I need to be more clear. For me, it isn't about being thin or curvy that is better. What it's really about it loving your body for what it is and not trying to change it to fit an ideal. Some women are naturally so tiny (like my mom!) but I would be just as against drastic measures for them to fit the ideal, if it happened to be different than who they are. And I did a little bit of editing of my words to fit my thoughts better with my meaning.
(via A Cup of Jo)