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While walking down the red carpet, Mon faced dozens of photographers and journalists and exposed her breasts. So what happens when women take control of their bodies and use them for other purposes? Some women feel empowered; other women might, in fairness, prefer to avoid using their bodies for social statements. But it is often men who find themselves becoming particularly critical of women who use their bodies in this way; this is not the context in which most men are used to seeing breasts.
Husband and wife Kym and Tonya Illman, from Perth, Australia, have taken on the task of photographing more than women to celebrate boobs in all their wonder. Content warning: Shockingly enough, this article does include photos of naked breasts and nipples. The project, called Celebration of the Breast, features women from 18 to 88 years from all around the world, showing their breasts without any airbrushing. The current work stands at 4ft by 6ft, but Kym and Tanya have no plans to stop now. They want to photograph more women to make the project even bigger. The project will now be shown at galleries and exhibitions throughout , and the Cancer Council will use the image in their breast cancer awareness program. MORE: Women convicted for going topless on a beach to protest gender inequality. Follow Metro. The Fix The daily lifestyle email from Metro.
Skip navigation! To breastfeed or not. To wear a bra or not. To Freethenipple or not. Conversations, debates and thoughts around breasts are rarely uncontroversial. Should women celebrate the attention and perks that a cleavage-revealing top can deliver, or should they cover up and practice modesty? What about boob jobs , currently the second most common plastic surgery performed in the U. Most women think about all of these things at some point in their lives as their breasts develop and change over their lifetimes. We so often compartmentalize our public coverage of breasts into discrete narratives: breasts as sexual , breasts as nurturing, breasts as the origin of cancer. But, the reality is that women experience the interplay between these narratives alongside breasts' many other roles and stories every day.