One of the comments on the article about growing up fat made me think of this photography collection, which is one of my all time favorites, and I'd like to share with you, GT because I've always found them to be beautiful and inspiring.
Leonard Nimoy in his post Star Trek days did photography; probably his most well known collection is the Full Body Project, in which he took photographs of larger women. Unlike some of the other attempts at this (this guy comes to mind), Nimoy's women were stunning, vibrant, and full of life. I want to be in these photos, hanging out when these women. They were models that happened to be fat, not "fat models" being exploited for that purpose. The photos focused on them and their spirits, and not on the rolls and shape of their bodies, although they were of course evident and part of the message as well. In his own words:
[My work was]...Always within range of the current social consensus of what is "beautiful." In fact, that was the adjective I most often heard when my work was exhibited. The women as they appeared in my images were allotted no individual identity. They were hired and directed to help me express an idea—sometimes about sexuality, sometimes about spirituality—and usually about feminine power. But the pictures were not about them. They were illustrating a theme, a story I hoped to convey.
I wanted these pictures to be more about them. These women are projecting an image that is their own. And one that also stems fro m their own story rather than mine. Their self-esteem is strong. One of them has a degree in anthropology and will tell you that ideas of beauty and sexuality are "culture bound"—that these ideas are not universal or fixed, and that they vary and fluctuate depending on place and time.
Bonus: It's impossible not to read his artist statement in your head in anything but the Spock voice, which makes it 10 times more enjoyable.