Article: Project Girl Crush

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I know you guys on here are mainly poetry fans, but I’d like to take a moment to share a really great site and cause called Project Girl Crush. They feature talented women, revealing the “flawless and the flawed” in them and all of us. The site does contain poetry, artwork, and I published a blog post last week to kick off their “Body” theme for November.

I talked about  my experience at my first nude photo shoot o_0 and gave some tips to know before you go off and do your own (which I highly recommend).  Here’s an excerpt below, and you can read the entire piece here:

Your First Nude Photo Shoot: What to Know Before You Go

Written By: Kristen Lem

I recently did an artistic nude photo shoot with a talented photographer and now friend of mine.  At the end of it, he asked me what was most surprising about the experience.  I couldn’t articulate it at the time, but as I thought about it more, I discovered it was the profound realization that beauty really is only skin deep.  I came away with a greater appreciation for my body and truly have never looked or felt more beautiful.  This, however, was accompanied with the uncomfortable truth that physical beauty is simply that.  Nothing more, nothing less.  It is a visual depiction of what a certain group of humans have deemed appealing.  It represents only a tiny aspect of a person and has very little bearing on self-worth and confidence.  This was both a relief and a disappointment.  I expected to awaken every morning thereafter like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus from her giant clamshell.  But I didn’t.  I woke up every morning wishing I was still sleeping, as per usual.  It was comforting though because the next time I’m criticized for my looks, I’ll know it’s a reprimand for like 0.0001% of who I am on something that doesn’t even really matter.  That being said, it was a fantastic experience that I look forward to doing again.  If it’s something you too are considering, here are some things to know before you go. Read more.

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