Listen To These Women Embrace Parts Of Their Body They Learned To Love

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The last time you saw a group of models coming together for a common cause was probably for a selfie or to maybe board a yacht — which is all fancy and fun — but isn't it even more gratifying to see them use their followings to help other women feel good about themselves? Models Charli Howard and Clémentine Desseaux are here with the #IAmAllWoman campaign that is the answer to your calls for representation.

In an editorial that stands on its own (primarily because magazines only just started to feature women of all body shapes), the un-retouched campaign is a do-good project from a group of models whose aim is to normalize the idea that all bodies are created equal, and should be treated as such.

“Rather than photoshopping our bodies and our flaws, we've chosen to highlight and embrace them," Howard says in the official press release. "We may be models, but we all have cellulite, stretch marks, and other flaws that make us women (but which society teaches us to be ashamed of). This campaign is designed to unify women around the globe — proving that we are #AllWoman, regardless of how society and the media often makes us feel."

If you keep up with those fronting the body positivity movement, you might notice a few familiar faces on board: Barbie Ferreira (one of our 29 Under 20), singer Leaf, social media queen Iskra Lawrence, model and TV personality Denise Bidot, and model Elliott Sailors, among others.

To change an entire industry's mind takes time, even if the concept is as simple and positive as this one, so there's still work to be done. (It's one thing for brands to say "This is the plus-size section (by the tires)," and a much more desirable thing when they say "We carry sizes 00 to 24," without qualification.) The #IAmAllWoman project is body-positive fire in the face of casting directors and internet trolls who perpetrate unrealistic expectations of women. But most importantly, it's a signal to women across the world to say, Hey, we see you, and we're more alike than you think.
Ahead, Howard and Desseaux shared exclusive behind-the-scenes polaroids with Refinery29, accompanied by a component of the hashtag's message, answered by the models themselves: "As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because..." So, what's your answer? Share your responses in the comments below, and check out the rest of the campaign here.
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Victoria Brito, 22

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"I've realized how amazing my body actually is. It goes through a lot in a month's time, and it's shown me how strong I really am."
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Clémentine Desseaux, 28

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"It took me all the way here and will take me to the end. I am slowly coming to realize that it wasn’t ever owed to me, but given to be cherished. So I will."
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Leaf, 21

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"I realized there is no right way to be beautiful. The way I was born and what I was born with is unique to me, and I have to appreciate that."
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Elliott Sailors, 34

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"...[of] my skin, because with all its flaws, it's also the part of me I've come to love over time; with all my scars and wrinkles, it tells my life story and is full of memories."
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Charli Howard, 25

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"I wasn't put on this planet to look good; my body is strong enough to make babies!"
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Kamie Crawford, 23

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"It's the only one I have. Yes, you can manipulate it and tweak it through push-up bras and surgical procedures, but at the end of the day, you were given this particular body for a reason. Honor it."
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Barbie Ferreira, 19

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"It's the only one I have, and I have the decision to fill it with positivity."
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Denise Bidot, 30

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"Growing up I witnessed my mother struggle with her own self image. I do not want to pass on that perspective or attitude to my own daughter. There is joy in appreciating the skin you are in."
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Iskra Arabella Lawrence, 25

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"It's all mine. It's my home."
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Shivani Persad, 26

As I'm getting older, I've learnt to appreciate my body because...
"It's the one I was given, it's unique to me, and it's all me."
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