"To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame" A painting series by Chloe Allred, video graciously created by Aaron Bourget.
Many women have experiences of body shame and histories of eating disorders and sexual assault. In my past work I have examined my own naked body as a place to consider body shame: my own body shame, the body shame of women in my family, and the body shame of women in this culture. Art is my place to reconsider the beauty ideals I have been given, and to create new ones. Now, I have painted other women with histories of eating disorders, sexual assault, and body shame. They are women with different personalities and idiosyncrasies all their own, but with similar stories of violation and survival. In being vulnerable and breaking the silence around past or current traumas, I and these women have discovered a great strength in ourselves, and the difference between victim and survivor.
If you would like to get involved, or become a model for the project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org