These Naked Women Show What 'American Beauty' Really Looks Like (PHOTOS)

american beauty photo essay Carey Lynne FruthFeeling "authentic" in your "sensuality, vulnerability, and complexity," or, in other words, stripping down to your birthday suit is something few of us are comfortable with. In front of a camera? Even less so. But "American Beauty," a viral photo essay, is an impactful commentary on openly loving the body you've got -- and letting others admire it, too.

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The photo series by San Francisco photographer Carey Lynne Fruth is all about body positivity. (And yes, it's inspired by the Kevin Spacey flick of the same name. If you haven't seen the 1999 drama, Kevin Spacey's middle-aged dad-in-a-rut has recurring sexual fantasies about his daughter's teenage friend playfully waiting for him among strategically placed rose petals.)

Fruth asked women to think of themselves NOT as models, but to be "authentic in their sensuality, vulnerability, and complexity." In the photos, each woman is naked, save for a delicate smattering of lilacs, which are meant to represent beauty, pride, and confidence.

And they totally do.

Fruth's series is ongoing, which means there will be many more pics to come. For now, check out these 10 jaw-droppingly gorgeous images, and her take on the powerful series. We think it's life-changing -- not only for the women in the shots, but for the rest of us.

 

Images via Carey Lynne Fruth

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