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by Maria Sofou

Freelance photographers Matt Blum and his wife Katy Kessler have collaborated for the Nu Project, a concept launched in 2005 that has now become a series of books.

The Nu Project is filled with beautiful but most importantly honest photographs of women willing to show their bodies as they are. In the intimacy of their own homes, these women unhesitatingly unveil their bodies with no make-up on and only natural lighting on the background. Blum’s lens has given them the opportunity to challenge beauty standards all over the world and change the way women and girls see themselves. To date, over 250 women across North America, South America and Europe have participated in the project and their photographs are captivating: each one of them reveals a soul behind the flesh, each one of them reveals an inner personality that tells its own story.

At a time when unrealistic standards are imposed on females every day and photoshop is dominating the digital world, it is truly refreshing to watch proud women feeling comfortable within their own skin and showing nothing but courage and confidence.

See a small sample here:

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