Photographer Julia Busato's "Mannequin Series" was so controversial, it was briefly banned from Facebook. But that didn't stop her from sharing these incredible body-positive images.
The 46-year-old photographer tells Huffington Post that the idea came together when a friend of hers offered to pose with a mannequin.
“A friend of mine said she would love to flip the bird at society’s standards so we grabbed the mannequin and started shooting,” Busato said, "“From there it just evolved as more people came forward asking to be part of it and answering my requests for volunteers.”
The women in the photos are not models and many of them are locals living in Busato's home town of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Busato explains that each woman's story cam through in the photos:
“Each person has their own personal story about how they don’t fit the standards expected from society. It’s not just about weight anymore, its about being happy in your own skin,” the photographer said.
Her goal with the series is to show the world that women are strong enough to get through every challenge they face together. "I just want women to love themselves unconditionally because we are all beautiful in our own way."
Couldn't have said it better myself!