We see all sorts of boudoir submissions via ISO:ALT – and they usually present a super unique story or styling, but this one took our breath away in a different way. Kat Akers of Requiem Images showcased boudoir so differently and beautifully in this art-inspired boudoir shoot. The photographer wanted to show people that diversity isn’t always embraced, and sometimes, we go backwards. While there is a typical perception of American beauty, she wanted to showcase that beauty comes in all forms, in all shapes, in all sizes, in all colors. Rae (the model) is an Egyptian immigrant – who wore a hijab for a very long time, and has experienced the different perceptions of beauty all over the world. Painting her white, Requiem Images and Rae ended up coming up with some of the most stunning art-inspired boudoir that we’ve ever seen. Hopefully it gets you thinking and gets you talking.
From the photographer:
“Rae and I have known each other for many years, and occasionally shoot together to try out new ideas. We were discussing what our next project could be, and got sidetracked talking about politics, the state of the country, and the negativity harbored by so many people today – on both sides.
Then it hit us – with such animosity being displayed toward immigrants lately, lets show the world what would happen if everyone conformed to the “typical American beauty standard” and diversity disappeared.
So we took a beautiful, brown skinned Egyptian immigrant with tattoos and a Mohawk and turned her into a blonde white girl. Then we did a typical boudoir shoot with her new look.
It was really jarring, as despite spending hours painting her entire body, you could still see the cracks and lines. Though the white was a bit extreme in terms of Caucasian skin tones, from a distance she looked relatively normal – but when you got closer it made you think “There’s something wrong here…”
So at the end of the shoot, I let her tear it apart and turn back into the beautiful girl that she is – brown, tattooed, alt, happy, loving, and strong.
Ironically that process was even more jarring, almost horrific looking at times, but that’s reality – standing up for being different can be scary and somewhat of an unknown journey, but we need to celebrate who we are instead of trying so hard to become something that we’re not. And genuinely celebrate (and be kind to) others for who they are.
Because there’s no hiding it – even if it’s just a few tiny cracks in the paint, people can always see who you are underneath.”