It took Denise Jolly nearly all of her life to come to terms with her full-sized body.
Jolly also took part in a 30-day photo challenge online called her Be Beautiful project.
She posted different pictures of her body every day alongside the word "beautiful."
Jolly says her inspiration for both projects is love.
"I believe we are all deserving of love and experiencing the various expressions of love which includes desirability and the celebration of our bodies," she told BuzzFeed.
Jolly continued, "Our cultures socialization involving all those identities is steeped in shame, self hatred, invisibility and destruction. It is a social construct that I now know to be completely invalid and problematic."
"Everything that I do in my life is about interrupting that fallacy within myself and the world around me."
Her hope is that these photographs help people celebrate their bodies and the bodies of others while also examining what defines their perceptions of beauty.
Denise Jolly wants you to join her in radicalizing the worlds perceptions of beauty. Click here to learn more about Denise Jolly and her Be Beautiful project. Photo courtesy of Shameless Photography.
h/t HuffPost Women