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The Beautiful Women photographic exhibition

BreastScreen Victoria  collaborated with photographer Lisa White for the Midsumma Festival Premier Event, Beautiful Women, a campaign celebrating the beauty of LGBTI women and the contributions that they have made in challenging narrow definitions of female beauty. The Beautiful Women exhibition was free and ran from 21 January to 12 February, 2017. The Exhibition was launched at the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds, Victoria.  

LGBTIQ women at the Beautiful Women photography exhibition.
LGBTIQ women at the Beautiful Women photography exhibition.
Black and white portraits of women on a wall in an art gallery.
LGBTIQ women at the Beautiful Women photography exhibition.
LGBTIQ women at the Beautiful Women photography exhibition.
LGBTIQ women at the Beautiful Women photography exhibition.

The response to the exhibition was both powerful and heartwarming. LGBTI women embraced the opportunity to celebrate their diversity – the response to the call out for participants was overwhelming. Women reported that the diversity of beauty is a concept that resonates – but is seldom celebrated. If you would like to share your pride as a LGBTI women you can do so using any of the hashtags: #beautifulwomen and #breastscreenvictoria.

Women who participated in the photoshoot were invited to finish the following sentence 'To me Beautiful LGBTI Women means …'.  You can read more responses on Alice’s Garage, a website curated by Catherine Barrett documenting the campaign.

Positive feedback about the Beautiful Women exhibition even made it from across the pond. Several months after the launch one of the participants sent us an email from her friend of 18 years, who was living in the UK. The email read:

“Hiya …!! I wanted to share this with you – a friend of mine has recently come out as a lesbian and was really struggling with where to go from that point, and with people accepting her. She called me yesterday, in great excitement, to tell me that she’d found something that really cheered her up: a photography project all the way from Melbourne of LGBT[I] women – and lo and behold, who’s the first picture? I was able to delightedly tell her, “That’s my friend Barb!!” She wanted me to tell you that seeing you (and all the other women) gave her a massive boost.”

The exhibition was picked up by media around the world including: Huffington PostVanity FairMashable and Buzz Feed. The story was written up in Japanese, Polish and Italian, with a potential readership of 200 million+.

Raising awareness of the campaign is incredibly important to get the message out there to LBTI women. We are very grateful to all the journos who covered the campaign.


Links to media coverage

RACGP Journal (9/3/18): Transgender patients journey to care (Amanda Lyons)

Huffington Post UK (17/1/17): Beautiful Portraits Of LGBT Women To Help Everyone Feel Welcome At Breast Cancer Screening (Rachel Moss) 

Vanity Fair Italy (13/1/17): LGBTI: le foto delle donne per prevenire il cancro al seno (Alessia Arcolaci)

Mashable (12/1/17): Powerful portraits of LGBTQ women aim to raise breast cancer awareness

Buzz Feed (9/1/17): Photos of older LGBTI women celebrate breaking beauty norms (Lane Sainty)

Elle (Italy): Cancro al seno prevenzione LGBT

Metropotam (Romania): Beautiful LGBTI Women – campania cu femei LGBTI pentru prevenirea cancerului la san

Our Platforms (16/1/17): Transgender People Aim To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Homosensual (Mexico): Exposición para prevenir el cáncer de mama en mujeres LGBTI

LGBTI Bulletin (10/1/17): These Photos Of LGBTI Women Are To Help Increase Breast Cancer Screening Rates

Today USA (17/1/17): Powerful portraits of LGBTQ women aim to raise cancer awareness

Segundoenfoque: Retratos de mujeres LGBT ayudan a prevenir el cáncer

Amino: Imágenes de mujeres LGBT ayudarán a prevenir el cáncer de mama en Australia

LGBTQ Buzz: Have you seen these images of older LGBT women

Lesbians Everywhere: Estos retratos de mujeres LGBT van a ayudar a prevenir el cáncer de mama en Australia

Mirales (Spain): La fotógrafa Lisa White colabora para prevenir el cáncer en mujeres LGTB

Star Talk TV (USA): These Photos Of Older LGBTI Women Celebrate Breaking Beauty Norms

Breast Cancer: Powerful portraits of LGBTQ women aim to lift breast cancer awareness

Cancer: These Photos Of LGBTI Women Are To Help Increase Breast Cancer Screening Rates

Breast MRI. Striking portraits of the LGBTQ community aim to raise breast cancer awareness

Medaxs: Powerful portraits of LGBTQ women aim to raise breast cancer awareness

All About Cancer Today: These Photos Of LGBTI Women Are To Help Increase Breast Cancer Screening Rates

Articles on news webpages including: trendolizer;  thenet24h welkermedia follownews

Sydney Morning Herald: 20 things to see, hear and do this weekend

SBS  (13/1/17): 15 top tips for Midsumma Festival 2017 (Stephen A Russell)