Mums pose in swimsuit photoshoot to show different women’s bodies

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Mums pose in swimsuit photoshoot to show different women's bodies



(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)We all know childbirth changes a woman’s body. And yet when mums want to embrace their bodies and the marks and scars that come with it, sometimes they are stared at or told to dress differently.
Sick of being told to cover up, photographer Natalie McCain decided to invite women from various walks of life to get into a swimsuit they feel comfortable in and flaunt their bodies.
The 32-year-old from Rockledge, Florida, wants to end body-shaming against women and drive home the message that any body is bikini body ready.
So, she started The Honest Body Project in 2015 to promote self-love. Natalie, a champion of women’s rights has organised photoshoots around various topics that affect women such as cancer, breastfeeding, and anxiety.
Her latest shoot, made up of stunning black and white images, includes women and their young daughters at the beach in their swimwear to inspire future generations to be proud of whatever body they came in.
The women who took part were also asked to bring a sign with a message they wanted to send loud and clear.
‘I will not wear your expectations on my body,’ was one of them.

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)‘We’ve heard it all… and we are sick of it!’ Natalie wrote on the Honest Body Project website, a project she has written a book about. ‘On a foggy Florida morning, we took to the beach to show that you should be proud of your body — no matter what.
‘The women made signs to add their own voices and showed off their honest bodies. The women were encouraged to wear whatever bathing suit they felt comfortable in. For some, that’s a bikini. For others, it’s not! No one should be shamed into believing they have to wear a certain type of bathing suit, and you should be proud of your body and wear whatever you feel confident in.
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‘Empowering women to feel beautiful and confident in what they want to wear is the message behind this shoot. There are so many variations of bodies. There is not one size or one shape that is allowed to wear a bikini. If you want to wear one — do it! If you don’t, that’s fine too.
‘The point of our message is to love your body and be proud of it. Society can’t dictate what you should wear.’

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)For the shoot, Natalie also teamed up with Mid Drift, a non-profit working to change the conversation on postpartum bodies.
Some of the women proudly showed off caesarian scars and stretch marks while one woman was pictured breastfeeding her older children.
One of the signs read: ‘Women Empower Women #bebold,’ while another read ‘how to have a bikini body: put a bikini on.’
A message we can get behind.
Here are the images from the photoshoot:

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

(Picture: Natalie McCain – Mid Drift Movement)

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