Anyone can be a feminist, and a new photo project is setting out to prove it.
“This Is What A Feminist Looks Like,” created by Sophie Spinelle and Carey Lynne Fruth of body-positive boudoir studio Shameless Photography, features a broad range of men, women and even children posing with signs bearing the project’s name.
Spinelle and Fruth had just attended a Women’s March and were inspired by the energy and sense of purpose there when they conceived of the project. So they kept the momentum going by posting a call-out for people who considered themselves feminists to pose for the San Francisco-based photographers on January 26th. They quickly filled the full day with shoots and were swamped with requests to participate from people in other cities. They even arranged an additional shoot in New York City this past weekend with Shameless photography collaborator Angela Altus.
Spinelle and Fruth intend to show the everyday face of feminism and reclaim the sometimes-stigmatized word.
“What I hope that people think when they hear the word ‘feminist’ is hope, inclusion, respect and equality for all,” Fruth told The Huffington Post. “However, I know that’s unfortunately not always true. I think people are stuck on a stereotype of who feminists are and what they believe. My hope is that this project will broaden people’s perception of who feminists are and their wide range of reasons for rising up.”
The series so far includes a diverse range of people as models: women, men, non-binary and transgender people and a wide range of racial backgrounds, ages and sexual orientations.
The portraits are presented with website text, written by Spinelle, that explains that the project is about “showing how shared values span gender, age, race, and so much more.”
The purpose of the project is “to shatter stereotypes and to show that feminism is everywhere,” Fruth told HuffPost. “Hopefully by doing so we can break some barriers and find our shared values.”
And the project is still breaking barriers in more cities. Models and photographers from other locations who are interested in participating can sign up here.
And as far as what the word means to the project’s creators personally, Spinelle says, “For me, it’s a word full of hope and possibility. It’s only been 100 years since women won the right to vote in this country. If we keep on working together for change, where will we be in another 100 years?
Below, see more portraits from the series.