by Jade Beall
First in a series of books with a strong media platform of truthful photographs and stories to celebrate the irreplaceable beauty of women and the body positive movement happening all over the world.
The Bodies of Mothers—A Beautiful Body Project: is a groundbreaking 168-page collection that is dedicated to sharing stories about motherhood, aging, cancer, stillbirths, miscarriages, weigh-gain, weight-loss, dysmorphia, and beyond. Jade Beall’s photography is touching thousands of lives around the world. This book, along with all subsequent volumes, will feature Jade’s signature non-digitally-augmented and no-air-brushing images of women, just as they are
The Bodies of Mothers—A Beautiful Body Project merges stories and quotes from the women photographed, with stunning black and white and color photography by Jade Beall, a world-renowned photographer who specializes in truthful images of women to inspire them to feel irreplaceably beautiful as a counterbalance to the airbrushed, Photoshopped imagery that dominates mainstream media. Her recent work “A Beautiful Body Project” has touched 100,000’s of women’s lives and garnered global attention from media outlets including the BBC, NBC, Huffington Post and beyond. Jade’s book series and media platform features untouched photos of women alongside their own stories of their journeys, building self-esteem in a world that often leaves women feeling insecure. Jade’s dream is to inspire future generations of women to be free from unnecessary self-suffering and embrace their beauty “just as they are.”
The book has been printed in Vermont on recycled paper—using soy-based inks/chlorine free—in a family-run business that is a big supporter of the indie press. The book is printed with an ecologically-sound Forest Steward Council (FSC) certification, and a percentage of profits will go to environmental organizations around the world working to combat the global climate crisis.
In today’s world of social media and online transactions, here are GWP we remember that your head and your heart need nourishment from the natural world. With that as our credo, we embark on a journey to bring the beauty of the published book as a tactile object, into the homes and hands of our readers, and we also embrace the technology of tablet and eBook publishing. We encourage our readers to shop local, first, and support their neighborhood bookstore.
Collectively, our voices can be heard—the voices of women in this book are a beautiful chorus..
What People Are Saying:
“An astonishing creation . . . . This book is the antidote to our culture’s obsession with air-brushed, size 2 supermodels. It’s the antidote to reading about Heidi Klum strutting the catwalk 6-weeks post-partum at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, as I did when I was recovering from my second c-section, exhausted and addicted to Us Magazine, lacking the focus, energy and self-worth to read anything of substance.”
—Diana Whitney, author of Wanting It
“Stretch marks and saggy tummies but beautiful all the same! Stunning nude photos reveal what women REALLY look like after giving birth. Jade Beall shows women as they really are with a campaign to combat pressure on women to have the perfect body. Posed by volunteers who say they found the photographs empowering.”
—Sarah Bridge, editor/writer at Daily Mail, UK
Here is a great article and video about the book, and the project!
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The Beautiful Body Pledge — which in turn sums up the purpose of the book series — is as follows:
“I want to join the movement and agree to love my body more and more each day, to use kind words towards myself and towards other women, to be a role-model for future generations of mothers, and to choose to be empowered knowing that I am not alone, and that by coming together, we can reshape body image in mass-media, build self-esteem, and explore vulnerability as a collective.”
About the Photographer
Jade Beall is a world-renowned Photographer specializing in truthful images of women to inspire feeling irreplaceably beautiful as a counter-balance to the airbrushed photo-shopped imagery that dominates mainstream media. Her recent work “A Beautiful Body Project” has touched 100,000’s of women’s lives and garnered global attention from media outlets including the BBC, The Huffington Post and beyond. Jade’s book series and media platform feature untouched photos of women alongside their stories of their journeys to build self-esteem in a world that thrives off women feeling insecure. Jade’s dream is to inspire future generations of women to be free from the unnecessary self-suffering and embrace their beauty just as they are.
12 x 12 Trim Size; Hardcover/pre-printed casebound
144 pages with full color and black and white photos throughout, along with stories and essays
Pub date: May 23, 2014 • Advance Release: May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day)
$50.00 • ISBN: 978-0-9899838-6-0
Available wherever books are sold—via Midpoint Trade/Baker & Taylor/Ingram’s