A few weeks ago, Paulette opened a pop-up appartment in Manhattan to meet our New York readers. On Sunday, September 8th, we put together a collective photo shoot in lingerie to advocate for self-love.

Being self-confident in a society that promotes stick thin bodies through ad campaigns for dieting before Summer and cosmetic surgery is no small feat. During #PauletteAndTheCity, that run from September 6th to the 11th, Paulette invited girls and women to pose in their underwear as a means to take pride in their bodies, regardless of size and insecurities. The result was an inspiring collection of group and individual photographs, showcasing confident and magnificent women.

The evening carried on with a discussion on self-confidence, while all of us were still bathing in a bubble of acceptance and self-love, and wearing lingerie. The photoshoot and discussion were part of the @allwomxnproject movement founded by the entrepreneur and plus size model @bonjourclem.

Representing all women

Launched in 2016 by Clémentine Desseaux and Charli Howard, the All Women Project brought together 11 worldwide tops. Barbie Ferreira or Elliott Sailors showed themselves without any airbrushing in a video made by Olimpia Valli Fassi.

This movement is meant to show that all girls and all women are beautiful. Skin color, age, scars, love handles… everything should be accepted and loved. Women should not feel pressured to do more or be more; they are enough and great just as they are. The All Womxn Project invites every woman and girl to organize their own event, do a photoshoot and share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #iamallwomxn.

The pictures are not airbrushed so that women show their true selves and their natural beauty. Minority representation also matters since it allows all women to have a voice in the public sphere – or at least on Instagram. The All Womxn Project also creates a space in which women and girls feel safe.

Article by Juliette Cardinale