Celebrating The REAL Bodies of Mothers

“Medicinal photography for women.”

It’s a quote from Jade Beall that I find pretty spectacular. That’s just one thing about Beall and her work that amazes me.

Over the past year or so, Beall has been a one-woman crusade praising the un-Photoshopped body of women and, as a result, helping women, particularly mothers, redefine what is beautiful.

I’m particularly drawn to the photographs of stretch marks, with the children who helped create them touching the lightning bolts zigging and zagging down the bellies who once held them.

Jade Beall’s story is an amazing one. As Babble noted earlier this year, “The Beautiful Body Project began when photographer Jade Beall posted images of her own postpartum body on her website.” She followed that up with beautiful, un-retouched images of her friends. The photographs were shared thousands of times on Facebook and hundreds of mothers wrote to Beall wanting photographs of themselves in all their un-Photoshopped beauty.

Those photos and accounts of their journeys will appear in a book that Beall was able to make happen after starting a Kickstarter page that raised funds that surpassed her goal. In fact,  Beall needs your help choosing the cover of the book book The Bodies Of Mothers. Click here to see the six options she’s considering and take a look below at some of the gorgeous photos that may be featured in the book.

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  • Inspiration 1 of 21
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  • Fierce 2 of 21
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  • Acceptance 3 of 21
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  • Invigorate 4 of 21
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  • Proud 5 of 21
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  • Peace 6 of 21
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  • Triumph 7 of 21
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  • Motivate 8 of 21
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  • Drive 9 of 21
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  • Happy 10 of 21
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  • Love 11 of 21
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  • Life 12 of 21
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  • Passion 13 of 21
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  • Valiant 14 of 21
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  • Vitality 15 of 21
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  • Nourishing 16 of 21
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  • Splendid 17 of 21
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  • Fearless 18 of 21
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  • Bold 19 of 21
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  • Beauty 20 of 21
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  • Heart 21 of 21
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