It was in 2017 when a group of 15 women from Brisbane, Queensland met on social media through a shared interest in lingerie. They decided to make a photoshoot to smash body stereotypes. Since then, these ladies continued their undertaking and were able to encourage others to join their inspiring activities.
Their recent shoot involved 56 women covered in glitters, posing naked as part of the empowering ‘Positively Glittered’ self-love movement.
“The day was split into two groups, one anonymous, one happy to be recognizable. Between myself and three other photographers, we shot 56 women in total that day,” photographer Jill Kerswill said.
“It was amazing. We also had the most diverse range of ages, body shapes and ethnicities we’ve seen to date. I can’t speak on behalf of the organisers, but the feedback I received from participants seemed to be that this was the most emotionally confronting shoot to date.
“I think we’re starting to see people getting involved who wouldn’t otherwise put themselves in a situation like this.”
Ms. Kerswill also said that some of the women found it difficult to take their clothes off, but they eventually felt better after seeing the results.
“When they received the images and had a chance to really absorb them, they were ultimately glad they did it,” Ms. Kerswill said. “For me, the day was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting, but the positive feedback we get makes it all worthwhile.”
One of the women, Stefania Ferrario, told FEMAIL: “The thought of getting nudie rudie with a big group seemed daunting but within no time everyone stopped thinking about how little they had on. We were all chatting away and giggling in our glitter suits, I think everyone came away from the experience feeling a little more empowered than before they went in.”
Ms. Kerswill also said that their main inspiration was Pricilla Queen Of The Desert. “Being the only person with clothes on is really bizarre – in a way it made me feel like there was literally a barrier standing between me and this profound experience.
“Every time we shoot one of these, there’s always a moment right as the girls strip down where they seem hesitant. They might touch their bellies or lift up their boobs because it’s something they’re self-conscious about.
“Then they looked around, see a girl with a flat tummy or perkier boobs is covering something she’s self-conscious about and suddenly all that fear melts away.
It’s so beautiful. Being involved had really helped me deal with some of my own self-worth issues and insecurities about my body.”
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