“Reading this book was like drawing in a deep, cleansing breath of fresh air!”
“By posing proudly with their weights, these women reassure others that this number says nothing about their worth, their beauty, their health. Like most taboos, when exposed to light, the number loses its power to shame. By sharing their weight in a public forum, these women have not lost a bit of their beauty or worth. It’s just there, a series of digits signifying little more than individuals mass.”
A Book. With pictures. Of women just like you. And in plain sight for all to see, the number that their scales read that morning. No apologies. No hedging. Letting it be what it is and opening up the secret for you, stigma be damned.
From the Opinioness of the World’s blog: “Nieto has created a vital project tackling a thorny issue. We need to dialogue about weight, beauty and sexism in the media. Maybe then we can de-stigmatize our weight and foster positive body images. Women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes. As someone who’s gained weight, I know it’s so much easier said than done. But we must stop feeling shame about a number on a scale. Our weight doesn’t define us.”
“If 180 pounds sounds ‘fat’ in theory, it doesn’t necessarily look it in reality, which makes the whole enterprise of weight measurement — and, by extension, BMI — rather meaningless. ‘People come away very surprised by the numbers,’ says Nieto”
“I wish the people who design and sell clothes would embrace the diversity and beauty of all women. I’m happy with my body, but dressing it can be a real chore without a custom tailor!”
Click to read this article by Erin Nieto, author of “How Much Do You Weigh?”, which partially chronicles the journey of the book’s photography project.
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“I grew up feeling awkward about my body, and as a preteen I started hating my outside. I wanted it to be as beautiful as I knew I was on the inside and I was depressed. I began a struggle with self-injury and eating disorders that lasted many years and will never be forgotten. I’ve come to love myself and realize that my beauty is not based on my weight. I hope this project will help other women and little girls everywhere realize that they are beautiful because of what makes them unique.”
—Megan, 173, HMDYW model