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Project: Self Love

Check out this article on People.com

http://www.people.com/article/project-self-love-photo-series-celebrates-inner-beauty

Photographer Jessica Fielder created her “Project: Self Love” photo series to teach her daughter that women are so much more than what’s on the outside.

“As a woman, I’ve always been very aware of the ridiculous beauty standards society imposes on us, and I’ve always taken issue with that,” Fielder, 27, tells PEOPLE. “Since having a daughter, I’ve thought a lot about wanting to both protect her from that, and prepare her for it. I want her to grow up with a mother who places more value on who we are than what we look like.”

“I want her to know that having flaws is okay,” she continues. “I want her to know she is so much more than her perceived flaws, and I thought this would be a great first lesson. ”

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

Fielder approached 17 women of varying ages, shapes and sizes and asked each one to write down a negative comment she’d heard about her physical appearance that had affected her self-confidence. Then Fielder asked the women to record a positive quality – something not physical – that they loved about themselves.

“I wanted the women to take ownership over the things people have said to hurt them, and show how ridiculously irrelevant they are compared to the things that mattered about them,” she says.

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

The New Jersey-based photographer wants the photos to show that physical appearance is not an important part of what makes up a person.

“The unique things about us that make us beautiful have so little to do with outward appearance,” she says.

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

Fielder hopes that her photo series will make people think twice before criticizing others for the way they look. “I want people to look at these raw emotions and these ugly, unkind words, and realize the impact the things we say can have on others,” she says. “I want women to look at this and have it resonate, and have them realize that they are beautiful the way they are.”

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

Women Replace Physical Insults They've Received with Positive Qualities in Uplifting Photo Series| Photography, Bodywatch

Jess Fielder Photography

And she hopes it will inspire other mothers to pass down lessons of self-love to their own daughters.

“I think loving yourself is the absolutely most important thing,” says Fielder. “When we love ourselves, we respect ourselves and we command that respect from others. That’s so important.”

 

 

BEDA 2015 National Conference

Why Attend the BEDA 2015 National Conference?

The BEDA 2015 National Conference is only event you can attend this year that’s all about BED and only BED. BEDA’s sixth annual conference will be November 5-7 in Hollywood, Florida, at the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa. Here are the top 5 reasons you should attend.

 

1.     KNOWLEDGE–You’ll learn BED basics, best practices, better tools, and more from BED experts

 

As BED awareness increases, more and more people will be seeking information.

 

If you’re an individual with BED or a professional who treats BED, you will learn from BED experts about the nuances of this complex disorder, the latest research findings, effective treatment approaches, and tools for recovery.

 

2.     NETWORKING–You’ll have many opportunities to network and meet the BEDA community

You can look forward to networking with colleagues, making new friends, and being a part of a supportive community that’s committed to spreading the word about BED, size diversity, and a new paradigm of health.

 

3.     CEU CREDITS–You can earn CEUs if you’re a clinician

Now that BED is in the DSM-5 and there’s a national BED awareness campaign, more and more people will be seeking help. If you’re a clinician, you’ll be better equipped to help them on their journey toward recovery.

 

4.     SCHOLARSHIPS–You can apply for a scholarship if you or a loved one are affected by BED

This year, BEDA is offering five scholarships to non-professionals who would otherwise not be able to attend the BEDA 2015 National Conference.

Apply now

 

5.     FUN–And who doesn’t want to have fun?

True to BEDA tradition, you’ll have fun at this year’s conference. Come aboard Florida’s most famous sightseeing yacht for dinner, drinks, and dancing under the stars to support BEDA’s Nancy B. Ault Scholarship Fund.

Join the fundraiser

 

More about the BEDA 2015 National Conference

·       Get an overview

·       Register now

·       Reserve a room

Read more about why you should attend on our blog in “The Top 5 Reasons to Attend the BEDA 2015 National Conference.”