Over the 30 Days, Denise wrote the words "I am beautiful" over various parts of her body and each day choose something and somewhere different to photograph the process. She wrote on day 3's picture that she was pushing her comfort levels and needed the support of her followers to get through. On day 7, Denise told the world how scary it was to put her body out there but that she was on a quest for love. She wrote that "In my quest I am learning there is so much fight stitched in loves practice. We are raised to hate each other and ourselves after all."
On day 10, she braved the streets and kept venturing out and on day 12 she wrote "Today's photo felt like more of a reclaiming of body. Shirtless on a busy street corner in Berkeley during early morning commute hours, lord was I scared, uncomfortable and just fine by the time I finished the shot. It's so strange to possess such a deep rooted belief of shame around and the size of my body met with a remarkable want to see myself as an embodied human." What an artist this woman is! Not only because of her photographs but also for the words she uses to so poetically express her challenges and triumphs.
You can view all her images from the 30 Days of Beauty Campaign here. What do you think about what Denise has done? Would you ever consider doing something this brave and challenging to show both yourself and others the importance of self acceptance?