WOMEN

96 Bodies You Won't See On Billboards -- But Should

08/13/2014 10:01 am ET | Updated Aug 13, 2014

Only 5 percent of women have the type of body we see on billboards and in TV commercials.

The "Expose" project wants you to see the remaining 95 percent.

(Some images below may be considered NSFW.)

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Blogger and activist Jes Baker teamed up with photographer Liora K to showcase women's bodies just as they are -- unfiltered, un-Photoshopped, and totally amazing.

"When was the last time you opened up your browser and saw a beautiful image of a body shape that looked just like yours?" Baker asked in a blog post introducing the series.

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Ninety-six women, recruited on Facebook, gathered in Tucson, Arizona to disrobe in front of total strangers in the name of body love. This is the second time Baker and K have shot images for this project.

In a blog post about the shoot, photographer Liora K explained how she stressed the beauty and uniqueness of every participant during the process:

What I really wanted the women to get out of our time (how ever brief) together was that they were IMPORTANT. That their bodies deserved to be seen, that what they perceive as faults are simply THEM, and are neither right nor wrong. That showing their bodies won’t innately cause them harm. That their breasts won’t cause damage to those around them, or their bellies or thighs either. That their nudity, while making them vulnerable, does not make them at fault. And that lastly, their bodies are their vehicles through life, and to treat them with kindness. I hope that came across.

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Journalist Gillian Drummond, who wrote about participating in the shoot for 3 Story Magazine, wrote: "The few hours I spent there were electric and empowering and funny and sincere and loving and sore and very, very emotional."

Drummond also described her joy at the variety of body types represented at the shoot:

I tell my daughter all the time: "People come in all shapes and sizes." And I wish she had been there to witness how true this statement was that summer afternoon in Tucson. There were big boobs, little boobs, hardly any boobs, pregnant boobs. Pregnant bellies, Caesarean scars, other scars. Briefs, thongs, boy shorts, high-waisted Spanx affairs, and some undies removed altogether.

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See more beautiful images from the "Expose" project below, and check out the full series here.

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