Nov 23, 2013
pt of the day
WOMEN EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE & THE BODY YOU HAVE…. I just love love love when I found the below images and this book showing all sorts of different women & their bodies… we should CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES & RESPECT ONE ANOTHER FOR WHO WE ARE, NO ONES BETTER THAN THE OTHER, NO ONES MORE WOMANLY, WE ARE JUST DIFFFERENT, VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE, it’s what makes this world interesting…..
The images below show an incredible variety of women, ranging in weight, height, race and proportion. What they all have in common is that they are professional athletes at their physical peak. The images, taken by photographer Howard Schatz for his 2002 book, Athlete, recently resurfaced, reminding us of the diversity of women’s bodies. Schatz interviewed and photographed hundreds of athletes for the book, a project he says was inspired by his interest in human variation and the musculoskeletal system. “I was also interested in passion,” “I was interested in what got them to do this. Because to become a champion, you have to put away so many things in life.”
During his interviews, Schatz noted very little difference between how the male and female athletes approached their sport. “I found that [the women in the project] were simply athletes,” he told HuffPost. “Their commitment, their focus in life, their goals for winning and championship were not different from the men’s. [T]here wasn’t a feminine focus, a feminine ambition.”
The only gender difference apparent to Schatz was how the athletes approached the issue of having children. Some of the women mentioned that they would put off having kids until they were past their physical prime. “Men didn’t really have to delay having families, and having a family didn’t seem to interfere with their pursuits,” Schatz said.
Throughout the project, Schatz says he remained in awe of his subjects. He told HuffPost: “Focus, determination, competition and pursuit of a goal do not have a gender.”