logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Large & Lovely Site

BellaOnline's Large & Lovely Editor

g

Beautiful Women Project - The Book

Guest Author - Moe Wood

If you have been around the Large and Lovely site at BellaOnline for any length of time then you are probably familiar with my Beautiful Women Project experiences. A few years ago I went to a women's night out dinner and entertainment event. Artist, Cheryl-Ann Webster made an announcement about a project she was just starting to undertake. To this day it still inspires me.

It all started with a simple conversation she had with her 13 year old daughter about her best friend, also 13, who was saving up money for a boob job. Cheryl-Ann was floored (as were we all) and decided to start the Beautiful Women Project in hopes of inspiring positive thoughts about the female body in all its forms.

The project involved Cheryl-Ann casting 120 female chests from the collar bone to the hip bone. She decorated each of them with the essence she picked up from conversations she had with each woman. It has been a labor intensive project both physically, financially and emotionally. For the last few years she's been marketing the collection to different galleries throughout Ontario, having completed six successful showings (I went twice!) which drew the attention of girls of all ages as well as the men in their lives. Cheryl-Ann is still trying to get the word out via gallery showings of the busts anywhere she can afford to send them and set them up. She also does informative discussions on self-esteem and body image.

Recently to help with costs (and to reach a wider audience) Cheryl-Ann and Laurie Gordon produced a book about the endeavor highlighting the process from the start until now. It includes a color photo of each bust as well as anecdotes about its creative aspects and visual cues. My copy arrived last week and I have to say it is much better than I thought it would be based on the description listed at the self-publishing company Lulu.com.

The book is made with a heavy semi-gloss soft cover about the size of a magazine. It didn't take long to get through the 77 pages and I have to say that it is wonderful to be able to revisit the busts at my leisure and to read about the artist's interpretation of each one. All the busts in the the exhibit are presented. The models ranged in age from 19 - 91. There are thin women, plus size women and women who've had mastectomies.

Throughout the book in blue print are comments left in guests books from the showings. Comments as simple as, "A great way to encourage change" to as heart felt as, "Your display makes me sad for the time I wasted looking at my exterior and ignoring my interior. Today is a new day! Thank you!"

I highly recommend purchasing this book, which is $30 (costs go towards future showings), and if you get the chance to check out a showing. This is an excellent resource for teaching about body image to young girls and women. It will encourage discussion as well as appreciation of the many different feminine forms of the female body. No two breasts are alike, not even on the same body.

Purchase the Beautiful Women Project from Cheryl's website.



M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario, Canada. She has been a content writer for ten years and a blogger for six. If you are going to find this eclectic reader and writer anywhere it is probably at her computer. For more information visit her official website.

***
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to Twitter Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to Facebook Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to MySpace Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to Del.icio.us Digg Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to Yahoo My Web Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to Google Bookmarks Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to Stumbleupon Add Beautiful+Women+Project+%2D+The+Book+ to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Large & Lovely Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Moe Wood. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Moe Wood. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Fashion Tips for Plus Size Women 40+

Taking Away Fat Kids

Weightless

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor