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Stunning Nude Photos Show the Realistic Beauty of a Woman’s Body after Childbirth

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Real moms, real bodies. 

Photographer Jade Beall recently photographed over 80 new mothers of all ages, body types, and racial backgrounds for her new series titled A Beautiful Body Project. Her own personal struggles with body image grew to an all-time high after she herself gave birth, so the talented mom decided to combat her internal struggles by posting a nude selfie of herself breast feeding online, which went viral. She received an outpouring of warm responses from other new moms struggling with body image issues and decided to dive head first into a series that could allow mothers to bond together and embrace their post-baby figures. 

The series, which can be viewed in its entirety in a book titled The Bodies of Mothers (appropriately available on May 11, 2014 — Mother's Day), showcases women of various shapes and sizes who have undergone the body-changing experience of pregnancy. Rounded stomachs, large nipples, and stretch marks are all featured, highlighting that women of all backgrounds experience the same issues, which can be viewed as beautiful reminders of the gift of life. Beall hopes that women are reminded they are not held captive to the celebrity culture of immediately slimming down post childbirth, but are gorgeous every step of their journey through motherhood.

Here are few featured photos from A Beautiful Body Project.

[h/t Design Taxi]