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Beautiful Nude Portraits of Transgender Youth Highlight the Diversity of Gender Identity (NSFW)

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No longer as black and white as male and female. 

by wesley bonner

Editorial photographer Bettina Rheims has produced decades of work, including high-end fashion ad campaigns and Playboy photo shoots, inspired by her personal interest in androgyny. A few years ago, she took interest in the public perception of transgendered youth and sought to provide an outlet of expression for a culture with a historically limited representation in mainstream media.

Rheims reached out to users on Facebook who identified as both male and female, other, or neither and found the diversity in those who responded was broader than even she imagined. The artist decided to relay her findings into a series titled Gender Studies, showcasing stripped down portraits of recently transitioned youth. Gender identity can no longer be as black and white as male or female, so the stunning images share a symbolically grey color scheme. During each session, she recorded each participant telling their personal story, which played aloud during the series' original showing.

The portraits showcase the beauty of individuals finding comfort and confidence in skin they finally feel matches their personal identity. Here are a few of the beautiful portraits from Gender Studies

Images via Bettina Rheims