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Photographer and artist Kacy Johnson wanted to tell a different story about bodies and beauty. She accomplishes this through her project "FEMALE," in which she captures portraits of women around the world, from the back. What started as a personal photography project grew into a conversation allowing women to be more vulnerable, honest, and, most of all, accepting of their bodies, and themselves.

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FEMALE explores the reality of the female body, devoid of artifice. Replacing an overwhelming societal perspective that trumpets a need for a perfect body, with a neutral gaze that leaves room for self-exploration.

These women, faceless, exclaim their identity by unveiling what is infinitely more intimate, a part that they themselves are unable to see every day--their backs, with moles, tan lines, scars, bruises, tattoos, indentations left from tight bras. 

Documenting the presence and loveliness of each woman's physical peculiarities removes the societal perspective on women showing them as they are, elevating them above fodder for advertising and magazine covers, and into beautiful realness.