I just started summer school and I've been soooo busy! It's so hard trying to juggle all the aspects of school, home life, and art! Poor me, being privileged enough to get an education! (That was sarcasm.) I finally checked me email and I received this wonderful letter:
"I came across your site today, and it was thrilling. I've always been kind of fascinated by the beauty of the human body, and for a long time, that's all I would draw. Despite that, I've had an eating disorder for the past 12 years. For some reason my own body was never good enough. Seeing your site really gave me a boost. To be endlessly hounded with Victoria's Secret models, plastic celebs (many of which are only that skinny because of drugs), and airbrushed EVERYTHING.... it's wearing to look a yourself and see the circles under your eyes, the scars on your skin, the cellulite on your thighs. In our society we have somehow made everything that is physically feminine the ENEMY and we embrace bones. We hate and attempt to discard everything that makes us look like women. I've found that when I needed inspiration to diet or workout or even just stay healthy-- looking at the GQ or Maxim models was so depressing it was like, "Why even bother? I'll never look like that." Starving myself for so long never made me look like that. My body got bony on top and my lower half stubbornly clung to the last lingering vestiges of feminine trait. I found a picture of Aphrodite/Venus, sculptures/paintings/etc and I just felt the beauty of the woman shining through. I want to look like that, now.
I know men don't have it much easier. I honestly find the uber-muscled male models to be kind of sickening. They're just as plastic as the female models.
Thank you for starting this project."
This kind of feedback is why I do this project.