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Despite the possibility of being reprimanded by their community, Mrs Anderson said it was 'surprisingly easy to find volunteers.'
'I think everyone who has volunteered has taken that possibility seriously, but has ultimately decided this project is worth that risk,' she explained, adding that 'as of now, no one has been reprimanded by church leaders.
'I certainly hope it stays that way. I think this project is absolutely defensible artistically and is not a reason for church discipline.'
But Mrs Anderson also hopes that the photography series will touch American women outside of the religion.
'By seeing what women really look like proves incredibly powerful,' she said. 'We are so bombarded with reasons to feel shame about our bodies.
'Most of the images we see of women’s bodies are very thin, very “ideal”. In reality, very few of us fit that so-called ideal. It is unrealistic to expect all of us to be perfectly thin and sculpted, with perky breasts and no cellulite.
'For women to see that other women are not perfect and yet are absolutely stunning is immensely affirming. . . Women of different shapes, sizes, and ages demonstrate that bodies need not bring shame but can be owned, celebrated, and honored.
Mrs Anderson strives to show diversity of age, body type, ethnicity and race in her project, however she admits that has come across several hurdles.
'Because I live in Utah, finding women of color has been difficult. Also, finding women over age 50 has been hard, although I do have a few older volunteers that I will be photographing soon.'
Mrs Anderson says she has received an outpouring of personal and positive reactions to her project, which she feels confident will continue.
'I hope that women see this and have more compassion for themselves and their bodies. I hope that men see this and realize that women should not be objectified, even if seen nude.
'I see the project as a celebration of women and the human form. I hope others see that as well'
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