A new photo series is reminding women everywhere that beauty has nothing to do with your physical appearance.
#WhatMakesMeBeautiful is a new photo campaign by Project Heal, a non-profit organization that provides funding and education for people suffering from eating disorders who can't afford treatment themselves. The campaign features 14 images of women from all walks of life proudly sharing what makes each of them feel beautiful.
Out of the 14 women, not one named only a physical attribute that made them gorgeous -- each chose something about herself that goes beyond just her appearance.
"Real beauty is not a size or a shape or a color. It can't be labeled -- it can only be felt," Project Heal founder Liana Rosenman told The Huffington Post.
The campaign, which launched on Sunday to kick off the first day of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, serves as a powerful statement to anyone struggling with an eating disorder that their beauty and worth do not lie in their physical appearance.
"Every day people are confronted with images of the 'perfect' body that just don't reflect the diverse society we live in," Rosenman said. "We need to challenge this culture of conformity and widen the definition of beauty to include all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities. We need to help people recognize that their value goes beyond just their physical appearance."
When asked what she'd say if she could only say one thing to a person currently struggling with an eating disorder, Rosenman told HuffPost she would emphasize that recovery really is possible.
"No one can do it for you; you have to make that conscious decision that you want to recover for yourself, no one else," she said. "Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you’ve got. And reaching full recovery is the best gift I gave to myself and that you can give yourself."
Scroll below to see Project Heal's campaign #WhatMakesMeBeautiful.
Head over to Project Heal to read more about their work.
If you're struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.
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