Nude Bodies Transform From Flattering To Unflattering With Slight Shift In Pose (NSFW)

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Chicago-based artist Gracie Hagen has created a photography series titled “Illusions of the Body” that captures nude bodies in contrasting poses. In the “attractive” image on the left, the models represent their bodies with straight backs, pulled-back shoulders, and demure expressions – many of them stand posed in positions that reflect classical sculpture. In the “unattractive” image on the right, the bodies are turned and the models push out their stomachs, hunch their backs, and evoke expressions of indifference.

 

From Hagen’s Tumblr:

“‘Illusions of the Body’” was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.

 

Within the series I tried get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting & the same angle.

Celebrate your shapes, sizes & the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird & beautiful thing.”

 

 

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  • ZeonChar

    Some of these “after” pictures look better than the originals.

  • Anna

    I would like to see a third version with the women standing up straight, facing forward, arms akimbo and backs straight. The only ‘attractive’ posture that is physically sustainable is the man’s.

  • Katy

    And with legs apart, solidly anchoring the body to the ground and claiming space in the stance instead of this cross-legged, petite, demure, take-up-as-little-space-as-possible pose.

  • Riley

    Agreed! I noticed that with a few when I was reading this. Still love the concept though.

  • Blah

    It’s called being feminine. A lost art…

  • qzpdljpn

    Why are there a range of women of various ethnicities and builds but only one skinny dude?

  • Dude

    They could only find one dude with a schlong worth showing off. Certainly wouldnt get me doing the same pose (Well, not on a cold day)

  • sltucker

    I am not able to click on the facebook like button. Love it.

  • Timothy Atkins

    What absolute bollocks. Dont break your arm patting yourself on the back.

  • Plough Well

    :D That’s a schlong worth showing off, eh? Well, I’m not saying he’s particularly unfortunate, but if that’s a wang of notice or above average, it’s no wonder people say certain shades of men only have dingalings vs dongs

  • qzpdljpn

    no one knows your a pickle dick on the internet!

  • ferd

    Being feminine is in no way lost. Its just overshadowed by hyper-masculinity

  • Ben

    Might be better if they used people that were attractive to begin with.

  • Piratas do século

    assim

  • OhBoy

    No. no they don’t. Stop being silly.

  • OhBoy

    Today I learned poses that look good have to be physically sustainable.

  • mhz0282

    I don’t think this is very successful. To me, the attractive bodies pretty much remain attractive and the unattractive ones pretty much remain unattractive.

  • insight

    The fat ones are never flattering

  • z@ch

    would still hit it!

  • Sam

    luv the expression on the woman in the 7th after photo…”you want me to do what now?”

  • chrisfs

    I guess the lesson is: don’t slouch

  • Comrade Scott

    Hipsters are always ugly. I don’t see the difference.

  • itsc

    i think these are fantastic,

  • me d

    There’s not one of those women I’d touch with your hands.

  • solidsnack

    After taking ballet for a few months, I really began to notice how much better and more manly I looked with the right posture, from watching myself in the mirror. At the same time, you see that everyone looks bad — even terrible — from time to time.

  • ukimalefu

    And then there’s makeup and lighting and a good photographer and photoshop

  • Joshua

    MOAR of the dame third picture down from the top.

  • Bia

    Even though there’s only one man, I love how they showed many different female body shapes. This was beautiful to see. Love to the human body

  • Snatch!

    Trim those overgrown hedges ladies! Damn.

  • Adnok de Rokk

    So, the point is, we are all capable of being attractive or not depending on how we carry ourselves through our day. Yes?

  • anon

    lol I love the second poses, they all look so grumpy

  • wow

    you’re an idiot

  • Abi

    Blah: ‘Art’ being the operative word – it’s ain’t a reality, buddy. Check out Goffman’s observations on modelling poses within advertisements. What Katy is referring to is the tendency for female sexuality within these mediums to be synonymous with fragility (fearful facial expressions); instability (one leg off the ground in a canter position); helplessness (detachment from immediate surroundings, staring into space, lying on their back); a reluctance to take up space in the shot (closed or fragmented body language); child-like mannerisms (self-touching and fingers in mouth) ….where-as men have both feet on the ground (stable), they stare into the camera (engaged with immediate surroundings and ready for action) and generally represent the ‘actor’, rather than the ‘acted upon’. Reverse these mannerisms and ask men to do it and you’ll see how submissive this really is. And if you really think that submissive femininity is natural, ask a little girl to adopt the poses and you’ll soon see how natural it looks. These poses don’t just “kick in” when we hit puberty – they are pervasively taught to us throughout our lives and we mirror them without stopping to think what femininity really means or the diversity with which that term can encompass. Believing this to be a “lost art” isn’t just an injustice to women – the implications of female submissiveness can be seen within courtroom cases (women get shorter sentence for the same crime), interpersonal aggression (it is considered acceptable/funny for a woman to slap a man but not the other way around) and in terms of romantic relationships (a man is expected to work 40 odd hours a week and pay for dinner etc). Female fragility is not something we should be aspiring towards Real female sexuality can be a lot for fulfilling for both parties – believe me.

  • Michael Hawthorne

    wow this is the most incredible thing I’ve ever read.

  • RicoSuaveGuapo

    Hyper masculinity from whom? Women? Yeah, I’d agree,

  • EZ

    Do you know what “flattering” means? It’s different from “attractive.” Both are subjective and cultural.

  • Regina Universe

    You are awesome.

  • Suze

    Fascinating work. What comes to my mind is the flood of images we see daily in news stories and elsewhere and how easy it is to manipulate our public perceptions of different groups, people, issues, all by how they are presented. This is very informative and about much more than just ‘stand up straight’ like your parents told you to do. Which is true looking at these pictures. But the gravity of one carefully placed image in the public’s mind is powerful.

  • Raejean

    Why do the women have to adopt cheesecake poses in order for us to consider their bodies attractive?

  • Stella

    None of these are really flattering at all. Most of these people are not visually pleasing no matter how they stand. Perhaps this would have been better illustrated with more attractive and physically fit people. Ugly ugly ugly

  • bubba booey

    Well I’m the biggest stud on all the internet and you’re probably pregnant now just from reading this.

  • Rex Vajayjay

    Hey there sexiest woman on the internet, I just happen to be the sexiest man on the internet. Strike a vacuous pose and I’ll put on my GQ face and we’ll show the rest of these losers what they all want and can’t have. Oh yeah baby, let’s split this nowhere website! Your page or mine?

  • @Freshliee

    They should have given the man a raging erection. Since when is flaccid flattering

  • Den

    Today we learned that posture is important, okay got it. Where was this in elementary school when the nuns would whack you with a ruler for slouching?