Positive models by the number
More than 60 women, 18 years and older and preferably of all shapes and sizes, are expected to turn out for a ‘‘body positive’’ photo shoot in Upper Hutt on Sunday, February 5.
Photographer Mandi Lynn is organising the one-off ‘‘Every Body is a Treasure’’ event to help promote the self esteem of young women.
The Body Positive campaign aims to represent the ‘‘99 per cent of women who only rarely feature in mainstream media’’, the Te Marua photographer said.
The volunteers wil be ‘‘guilded’ - painted gold - and photographed from the neck down to their belly.
An ‘‘every body is a treasure’’’ wordstrip will feature across each image.
‘‘The goal of this is to challenge the body-shaming culture our girls are growing up in and celebrate diversity with the message that everybody is in fact a treasure,’’ Lynn said.
‘‘So bring your wobbly bits, your scarred bits, your missing bits, your stretch-marked bits . . . just come and represent.’’
Anyone looking to take part will need to register.
‘‘We will cap the number just so we can get through everyone and so that we make sure we have enough gold clay available.’’
The resulting multi-image work will be shaped to represent a ‘‘great big heart’’.
Lynn is planning for the finished work to be used at pop-up exhibitions and on social media while there are plans to produce a book from the work too.
She believes she will get her models, a confidence based on half the required number registering online within a few days of her launching the event.
‘‘They are from right across Wellington. They are people wanting to celebrate themselves and be role models.’’
Upper Hutt’s Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre is coming to the party too, donating room in the venue’s recreation hall to allow Lynn to collect all her images in the one afternoon session.
‘‘They are very supportive to Upper Hutt artists, to people trying to create all types of work,’’ she said.
To register: /themojomidwife.com/ everybodyisatreasure/