A little while ago we introduced you to the world of vagina jewellery – now we’re delving deeper into body acceptance through a unique series of paintings.
Come and meet the artist who is putting vaginas on canvas to help women accept their differences.
Body Image In The Spotlight
Salt Lake City artist Jacqueline Secor says she never intended to make her Diversity of Nature project public. Rather, her stunning and personal artwork was a form of therapy – a chance to self-heal the wounds of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
“I was in a very unhealthy relationship and environment which caused me to become extremely self-critical,” Jacqueline tells The Healthy Mummy.
“After sharing a few early paintings with my close friends and family, they responded by sending me photos of their own bodies to reimagine in my art. Their responses encouraged me to make the project public – they said that seeing their most intimate body parts represented on canvas helped them deal with their own secret insecurities.”
Once she began sharing her intricate paintings on Instagram, Jacqueline realised she was tapping into an undercurrent of body shame.
“The responses I received, both positive and negative, led to me being more outspoken about the intended purpose of the series. I’ve had men and women contact me, some publicly and some privately, expressing gratitude for the way this series helped them to see beauty in the human body.”
‘Some Say It’s Pornographic’
Jacqueline explains that by putting such an intimate, and often hidden part of the female body on display has been an eye-opener. And she hopes anyone who views her pieces has a similar awakening.
“Some of the most vociferous opponents of my art are those who say it’s pornographic. I find this to be somewhat ironic, since the vulvae in porn tend to look very similar.
“A few years ago, I was shocked to learn that in Australia, any visible sign of the labia minora is ‘offensive’ and has to be edited out to be deemed “appropriate” enough for soft porn. It’s part of that insane dichotomy, right? Reveal and conceal. Reveal your labia majora (sexy!) but not your labia minora (disgusting!). And that becomes a vicious cycle too. If men and women only see this one specific version of female genitalia, then they start thinking that there’s something wrong with anything that doesn’t conform to that.”
The series is a celebration of individuality that can translate beyond a woman’s body.
“Best. Worst. Perfect. Gross. These are words that are too often used to describe female bodies. Women and girls face daily criticisms, not over the quality of their accomplishments or the content of their hearts, but of the bodies they were born in.
“Judgement comes in many forms and from many directions, but worst of all, women criticise themselves and their own bodies. This series honours each body in all of its individuality. It is my hope that in the face of such beauty, there will be no room left for comparison.”
To see the full series, head to Jacqueline Secor Art.