XOJane.com had a simple request: they asked readers to share candid photographs of their stomachs. And the results? They were stunning.
This collection of images of “real” women’s stomachs is poignant, powerful and very personal. There are flat tummies, bloated tummies, and scared tummies. Tummies of all shapes and sizes. But what’s really notable isn’t the wide range of bellies, but the pure honesty that comes from sharing such a personal part of one’s body. A part which many women, especially those who have carried babies in their belly, aren’t usually prone to show off.
The ones most moved by the experiment in belly baring? The contributors themselves. One woman wrote, “I was always ashamed of my belly, but everyone that has sent in their pics really inspired me.” It really does put the opinion of what you think of your own stomach in perspective.
The photos represent women who have selflessly given their kidneys, who are suffering from a myriad of ailments, a few fitness enthusiasts with flat abs, women with belly piercings, women with tattoos, and women who are proud of the life that their bellies have experienced. Their bellies make a statement of who they are and what they have been through.
For us, the most powerful were the mommy bellies — the mid sections that have seen the development of life and have the stretch marks, extra weight and c-section scars to prove it.
Check out a taste of the mommy tummies on display right here.
For more fascinating images of these “real” women’s stomachs visit the growing gallery at XOJane right here.
Photos: Via XOJane.com