When you think of Mormon women, you probably picture high necklines, minimal make-up, and knee-length skirts at the very least.
The women in Katrina Barker Anderson's photographs are not your regular nude beauties.
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Anderson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, asked Mormon women to pose naked for her art project Mormon Women Bare in an effort to challenge the LDS' views on modesty, which include strict limits to acceptable attire and behaviour.
Anderson, who is based in Salt Lake City, launched the project in July after hearing a litany of stories criticizing Mormon women's alleged lack of modesty.
On her website, Anderson explains :. Knowing Anderson's own background is helpful in understanding how nude photography and Mormonism converge in her project.
With a physician as a father and a painter as a mother, Anderson was raised Mormon in a small-town Ohio household where nudity was never a big deal. The power of Anderson's photography lies in each woman's subjectivity, nicely captured by the camera. The models seem to truly be reclaiming their bodies, choosing to show them on their own terms.
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Each beautiful photo is accompanied by a short blurb of text giving the viewer some background information on the woman pictured. The photos aren't trying to present some eroticized image of women.
Instead, they normalize what most women simply see in the mirror: real women, real bodies, and everyday settings. Who knew bravery could be so beautiful? By Nathalie O'Neill.
On her website, Anderson explains : Women around the world deal with objectification, body shame, and the burden of the male gaze. We must both attract and protect against male desire. Mormon Women Bare is about reclaiming.
It is about women reclaiming our bodies from a culture that teaches us that we belong to men, to God, to the society that objectifies us. It is about reclaiming the female body as more than just an object of lust or resistance. See All Health Relationships Self.