These Body Positive Illustrations Will Make Your Day

Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
When we think of body image, it's usually somehow related to weight. Indeed, it plays a significant role in the lives of many women, but the scope of the issue is so much bigger than that. It's bigger than any one person's experience.

That's what makes Carol Rossetti's work so extraordinary. The graphic designer and illustrator has created a gallery of over 80 images, all based on body image and feminist issues. Each illustration features an individual woman, some imagined, and others based on Rossetti's friends. There is Sarah, a trans woman who was shamed in a public toilet; Rebecca, who has self-harm scars from her days battling depression; Poliana, who feels pressured to have surgery on her intersex genitals.

Beneath each image, Rossetti includes a message to the subject — and the viewer — turning each story into one of empowerment. Her ultimate goal with this work, Rossetti says, "is to respect people, regardless of their personal choices, body types, and identities. We all deserve respect and equality."

See a selection from Rossetti's gorgeous gallery here — then, check out the rest of her work.

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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
On the inspiration behind this work, Carol Rossetti says: "It's something that has been on my mind for a long time because of my own experience as a woman."
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
"I'm inspired by normal, random people we see everyday," she says. "We all have our stories and I think that's fascinating.
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
"However, it's something we sometimes take for granted on a daily basis. We make (and face) pointless and mean criticism that brings no good to anyone. That has to stop."
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
"I like to say that the characters are fictional, but the stories are real," says Rossetti. "Most of my characters are inspired by many people — some of them I know personally and some I don't."
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
"I usually combine many stories into a single one that's able to represent a lot of people, but is not exactly anyone's single story."
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
Regarding her own body image struggles, Rossetti says, "I'm no different. There were times in my life that it really bothered me and got me down. But, I learned to be a lot kinder to myself in the past years and I feel happier now."
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
"I feel very disturbed by the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behaviors, and identities," Rossetti says.
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
In creating these illustrations with a "friendly tone" Rossetti hopes to show people "how absurd this really is."
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
Rossetti's pieces have been translated into sixteen languages.
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Illustrated by Carol Rossetti.
"We need to defend ourselves from what the media is constantly presenting as a beauty standard and I think that a good way to do that is to look for more," says Rossetti.

"Look around, there are so many different bodies! Search on the Internet for beautiful photography featuring a wider diversity of body types. Follow blogs and pages that focus on another beauty approach. Diversity must be a part of our routines."
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