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These Amazing Photos Show That All Kinds Of Women Can Be Beautiful

Photographer Carey Fruth shows that all kinds of women are beautiful.

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Photographer Carey Fruth has shot a beautiful new series of images, entitled American Beauty, to help promote body positivity for women across a broad spectrum.

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The photographs in Fruth's series recreate the iconic scene in Sam Mendes' 1999 film American Beauty where Mena Suvari is seen lying naked in a bed of rose petals. The image is conventionally accepted as a depiction of perfect beauty.

"The series is about all bodies being shown in a way that is respectful and caring," Fruth told BuzzFeed.

Fruth noted that there is currently not enough diversity among women being presented positively. "Images of woman of colour are shown in a stereotypical light," she said, "and images of older woman are few and far between."

"But our world is made up of so many different people who are worthy of representation," she said. "Worthy of respect, worthy of love and self-love."

Inclusivity and “welcoming people of all different body types” are key to the photos. "Too often images of woman of size are shown as disgusting," she told BuzzFeed. "Images of very thin woman are shown as being sick."

Fruth told us that she was starting to notice a significant shift towards body inclusiveness.

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"I am seeing more photo studios like the one I work with, Shameless Photography, popping up everywhere," she said.

The New York- and San Francisco-based studio says on its website that it aims to create a "space for women to feel safe, beautiful, and empowered" in a world full of "fantasy images".

While the reaction to the series has been generally positive, Fruth said on hearing some negative comments, "I see how far we still have to go."

"There are still so many people who are unhappy with themselves," she added, "and a lot of times I think they project that anger towards people who do love themselves."

"My hope is that artists and activists will continue to flood the media with their images and articles about body positivity," she said.

She hopes "that over time the mass media will change and it will no longer be rare to see woman of age, of colour, or of different sizes in our magazines, on our television, in our advertisements.

"Only then will the fight be over."

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