Pos­i­tive mod­els by the num­ber

Upper Hutt Leader - - CONVERSATIONS - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

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/

Mandi Lynn

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