A 'healthy body' looks and feels very different on each and every one of us. Sadly though, research conducted by Women's Health as part of our campaign, Project Body Love , found that three-quarters of British women don't feel confident in their own skin. The reality is, for most women, being naked is not a feel-good place to be. It's wanting to embrace the female form in all of its diverse glory that inspired Women's Health's very first Naked Issue back in , for which actress Zoe Saldana fronted the magazine's cover in the nude, with trainer Tracey Anderson and former reality star Millie Mackintosh going buff within the pages. September saw presenter and singer Rochelle Humes taking the cover, with professional climbers and football and rugby players also appearing in the magazine. To celebrate the stars of the Naked Issue, past and present, WH has collected a series of the images of the women who have bared all in the name of body confidence and female empowerment. Straight up: Healthy is not a body shape, it's a lifestyle — as the 40 different shapes, sizes, mindsets and mentalities of the women below prove. She says: 'I'm not perfect. I'm not trying to represent myself as being some perfect girl, but I love myself, flaws and all.
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Skip navigation! Story from Body. This article was originally published on May 16, If you're trying to find the words to describe photographer Maisie Cousins' work , "visceral" is a good start — but that barely covers it. Cousins creates images that are at one time sensual, raw, glamorous, and maybe a little gross. But all of that is extremely intentional. Cousins tells Refinery29 that her body of work is an ongoing exploration of sexuality and nature — and how those two themes intersect. She's just as likely to pose a slug in a way that makes it seem sexy as she is to cover her nude models in flower petals and grass, all in order to reveal how erotic our world is even if we don't always realize it. In other words, yes, butts, breasts, and mouths feature heavily in her photos, but many of them are abstracted. For example, plants playfully stand in for the female form in many of Cousins' images.
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Although a relatively new trend in the world of homewares, celebrating female bodies is old news in antiquities. While classical art has often focused on idealised bodies, the trend in homewares today tends to show the female form exactly as it is — and counsellor and Counselling Directory member Magdalena Stanek suggests it fits perfectly into the body positivity movement. Seeing real bodies with big bellies and wonky breasts can be something of a balm. Many of the artisans making these products do it on an individualised basis, where no two figures are the same. Not only is there diversity in body shape, but different skin tones tend to be represented too, which is hugely important. However, this growing trend could also have its drawbacks. Big companies have started tapping into the trend, mass producing figures on an industrial scale. Then it loses the original idea and concept behind it. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?