And in this writer’s opinion, it could be alternatively titled as, ‘Illusions of the Body: why slouching makes everyone unattractive’. Artist Gracie Hagen created the provocative series to address the lofty standards we’ve set for ourselves – which is comparing our own flesh with those of seemingly perfect bodies we see in the media.
What we didn’t know is that these ‘perfect’ individuals are actually like you and me; flawed, imperfect, and perfectly human. To prove this, she photographed men and women of different shapes and sizes donning two poses: smouldering and slouching. In the first frame, they strike their best pose, showing their best angles. In the second frame, the models put on their best slouch and unattractive poses. Comparing the photos side by side, suddenly, attractiveness – or unattractiveness rather – doesn’t belong to a select group of people anymore.
‘Illusions of the Body’ was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like’, Hagen tells The Huffington Post. ‘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’.
‘The media shows us the most attractive photos of people’, Hagen adds. ‘Don’t compare yourselves to those images. They aren’t realistic. Everyone is a different shape and size. There is no ‘normal’. Celebrate your shapes, sizes and the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird and beautiful thing’.