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American Beauty: Size Doesn't Equate To Beauty

It's not a secret that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Just in case you weren't aware, photographer Carey Lynn Fruth has reminded all of us by recreating the 1999 film featuring Kevin Spacey "American Beauty" bed of roses scene (see original here) featuring women -- real woman. When I say real woman I'm referring to woman who are not photoshopped or doctored up to look like your American Barbie doll. These women range in sizes and shapes, but at the end of the day they're all beautiful.
This breathtaking project titled American Beauty goes to show that size means absolutely nothing when it comes to feeling and looking beautiful. Allowing a number to define you will eventually end up destroying you. If you are worried about what the scale says or if you're stressing over the size jeans you've recently grown out of -- these images will leave you feeling positive and hopefully you will realize that loving your body should come natural. Like Nike, 'just do it'.

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” ― Amy Bloom

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” ― Steve Maraboli

“Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.” ― Naomi Wolf

“Healthy emotions come in all sizes. Healthy minds come in all sizes. And healthy bodies come in all sizes.” ― Cheri K. Erdman

“Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.” ― Golda Poretsky

“The human body is the best work of art.” ― Jess C. Scott

How amazing is this project? Seriously. Ladies, share your body positivity stories below.

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I love this
2 years ago·Reply
This is an extraordinary and great idea! :-)
2 years ago·Reply
so so sorry I am just seeing this, I haven't been receiving all of my mentions, but @JasonHeins as a man you definitely have a right to voice your opinion as well. Beauty may fall under the subject of health, but at the end of the day I think that beauty doesn't equate to health. Beauty knows NO size. Everyone is beautiful whether they are a size 2 or a size 22. I do agree with you that meeting people is so much harder these days, I think it's mainly because people are much more shallow and insecure. but there's someone out there for everyone and @TerrecaRiley @joannade I agree with you ladies, this recreation is beyond beautiful!
2 years ago·Reply
I feel like I agree with what @jordanhamilton said @JasonHeins because I feel the definition of beauty has become so warped and objective. What's beautiful to you isn't beautiful to everyone. And for that matter, my version of healthy might not be yours. If I'm burning 3000+ calories every day weightlifting, I'm going to need a LOT of rich food to keep myself healthy. I don't feel like I'm entitled to judge your health because I don't know you, I'm not your doctor, it's not my place. I think that's how we all should treat each other when it comes to health.
2 years ago·Reply
defintely agree with you @shannonl5 ! The true image of beauty has become so skewed thanks to what the media portrays as beautiful a lot of people don't realize true, genuine beauty when they see it anymore.
2 years ago·Reply