Women who participated in the Beautiful Women photoshoot were invited to finish the following sentence:
"To me, Beautiful Women means..."
... that coming out as our true selves is more about the empowerment of self. Society is resistant to seeing women with a less than ‘perfect’ image. So positive female power is the courage to walk into a room and being unapologetically yourself which cannot be diluted or ignored. There’s an enormous amount of judgment of ourselves and by others and the more we can strip that away the better. It’s incredibly challenging for young girls these days and we must remind them that 'life goes on for a long time and you’ll be many things in that time'. As a Trans Parent of two young daughters I am against 'false beauty standards' and promote 'natural beauty and femininity' to make a powerful statement about being a modern woman. The reality is we live, we love, we continue, and we contribute all with truth and that’s the true essence of beauty.
You have to be comfortable in your own skin. You got to love yourself to attract other people to you. You have to be proud of yourself. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions because there are bound to be knockers. Be out and proud of your sexuality. Be confident. LGBTI women should have no fear of breast screening because it’s done by a female technician. They take their time with you, they talk you through it step-by-step. And it’s important because breast cancer is more common in women over 40 – whether gay or straight.
For [me], beautiful LGBTI women means celebrating women who are the best and proudest versions of themselves. Beauty is within. #onelove
For me, Beautiful LGBTI women means women who love life, stand proud and strong, and take good care of themselves, the ones they love, and their community.
Beautiful LGBTI women means the way a proud LGBTI woman holds herself with heart, creativity and humour. No smartphone ‘filter’ can ever capture or improve on that.
For me Beautiful LGBTI women means celebrating the diversity of women beyond binaried expectations of how women ‘should’ look and ‘should’ behave. I love that as LGBTI women we redefine beauty more broadly and organically. I love the idea of celebrating beauty beyond ‘skin’. I love the concept of beauty as a sense of pride in who we are. I love that we are finally celebrating this.