Look At These Gorgeous Nude Portraits Made For Slutwalk 2017

    NSFW, but whatever

    by · September 27, 2017

    All photos by Maggie West

    Now entering its third year, Amber Rose’s Slutwalk is, at heart, a celebration. Bringing together thousands of people of different genders, sexual orientations, ages, body types, races, ethnicities, and classes, Slutwalk is a movement for people who want to dismantle the horrors of the patriarchy and white supremacy. It brings together activists and artists (though you don’t need to necessarily identify as either to participate, of course), all of whom are working to end things like slut-shaming, body-shaming, rape culture, and other oppressive aspects of our culture.

    This year, artist Maggie West will be creating a magnificent installation for the event, and we have a sneak peek at some of the beautiful photos of which it will be comprised. Titled “98,” West’s work will be akin to what she calls “an outdoor stained glass ceiling.” Made from steel and plexiglass, “98” will stretch to 50 feet long and six feet wide, and will be 10 feet off the ground. On each of its triangular panels, will be the image of one of the 40 women West shot for the project.

    In her artist statement, West explains why she chose this medium and what Slutwalk means to her:

    Slutwalk is a celebration of female sexuality... Throughout history, most women depicted in stained glass artwork are saints. The majority of these saints are virgins, many of whom suffered gruesome violent deaths rather than lose their “purity.”

    Rather than be celebrated for their purity, this piece, titled 98, pays tribute to women’s freedom to sexually express themselves and protest sexual violence. The title, 98, is taken from a Department of Justice statistic that says every 98 seconds and American is sexually assaulted.

    Diversity is a very important part of this project. All women (including queer women, trans women, sex workers, etc) have experienced the type of harassment, violence, and discrimination that Slutwalk was designed to protest. This installation brings together women of various backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientations to send a message about women’s right to sexual expression without experiencing threats or violence.

    Below, check out West’s gorgeous portraits and read what some of the models have to say about participating in this series, their thoughts on Slutwalk, and how they feel about sexuality.

    Slutwalk will take place this year from September 30 to October 1, and West’s work will be on view in Los Angeles.

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