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07.18.139:33 AM ET

Beautiful, Stretch Marks and All

A photographer documents the glory of women’s imperfections.

When photographer Jade Beall examined her post-pregnancy body, she found herself much changed (and not, on first look, for “better”). But she took pictures of herself and other new moms and shared them on her blog—and found that many other women had a hunger for these images. Instead of hiding away all the lumps, bumps, sags, and stretches, the silky black-and-white images exposes and celebrates them. This spotlight serves as validation both for the individual women pictured and for all mothers. Beall’s first book of these images is available for preorder on her website, A Beautiful Body Project, and she hopes to follow it up with further projects: “beautiful women dealing with cancer, beautiful young women facing eating disorders and beyond.”

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