According to photographer Natalie McCain, the Honest Body Project is a bare-it-all series intended to give women a voice to share their honest, beautiful stories. On July 28, 2015, McCain made a stunning addition to her groundbreaking series – she decided to celebrate the female form with The Beauty In A Mother: A Maternity Series.
In her bold maternity series, McCain uses black and white photos to capture women of all shapes and sizes who are pregnant. “We need to support, love, and encourage one another,” the artist wrote on her website. “No mother should feel alone in her struggles.”
It’s hard to believe that one of McCain’s pregnant models was met with the very opposite of support, love, and encouragement after posing for the artist.
A woman from North Muskegon, Michigan (who asked to remain nameless) decided to celebrate her pregnancy by participating in Natalie McCain’s photo shoot. She shared early releases of the photographs with her friends and family on Facebook, expecting praise on the professional maternity photos.
Read on to find out how her nearest and dearest reacted.
Instead of praise and support, the plus-sized mom's own family and friends commented negatively on the photographs - including the ones below.
"All I received were negative comments about how huge I am, about how unhealthy I am, and about how they think my baby is going to be a 10 to 12 pound baby by the looks of how much I weigh," she said.
Strangers of all shapes and sizes on Facebook reached out to the Michigan Mom to show her support on The Honest Body Project's Facebook page..
Seasoned mama Ashley Utterbeck also chimed in to share her own story of pregnant body shaming with the Michigan Mom on the Honest Body Project Facebook page..
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