Staring at your near-naked body in the mirror is confronting. Tried it lately?
Did you fixate, scrutinise, pinch and measure?
Probably. Body insecurities affect most women, in countries all around the world.
But Lithuanian photographer Neringa Rekasiute is stripping down body image problems, one mirror at a time.
The photographer’s powerful new photo series, titled ‘We. Women’, is aimed at reminding women that we all look different.
The series came about after Beata Tiskevic, an actress, showed Neringa a drawing of a woman looking into a mirror.
“Beata showed me this drawing of a woman looking into the mirror and there were words written on her body: the words which throughout her life she heard addressed about her ‘imperfect’ body,” Neringa explained to Huffington Post.
One of the subjects of the We Women photo series. Image via Neringa Rekasiute.
“Beata and I had been discussing extensively how much [we] needs an empowering project for women,” Rekasiute said. This was it. “I told her, ‘We have to do it.'”
In the end, 12 selected women were asked to confront their body image fears and insecurities by standing in the mirror and having their photograph taken.
“Women were writing about bulimia, anorexia, fat-shaming, skinny-shaming, violence from men,” Rekasiute said. “This project showed us lots of deep scars in our society.”