Question Your Beauty Standards With Curves The Book
Can a book of nude girls make you question your beauty standards? Victoria Janashvili‘s new publication, Curves, certainly will. The book reconciles inner beauty with outer looks by featuring tasteful nudes accompanied by the model’s personal stories of body confidence. It is the first book of nude photos that glorifies women for a female, rather than male audience. We talked to Victoria about why such a book is nessaccery, and we hit up two of the featured models, Julia Lescova and Sophie Tweed Simmons (both Galore Kittens!) for their tips on building inner strength, body confidence and self love. Pick up the book, in stores on July 15!
Victoria, what do curves mean to you? What do they represent?
In mathematics, a curve doesn’t have a clear definition, it can be anything in between 3 points. In a twisted way, a line is a curve too.
This is why I called my book “Curves”. To most people the word “curves” relates to a womanly shape and these days it is used a lot to describe a ‘plus sized’ model, a ‘curvy’ model. But what is curvy? What size is it? No one really knows. So a book on a woman’s curves can be a book about any kind of woman. That is exactly what I was aiming for.
With photography, it is often all about outer beauty. How do you get around that in your photos?
Frankly, what is outer beauty? Who says that you can’t be stunning and plus size? Or stunning and older? Or stunning and without legs? It’s only the matter of perception.
In Curves The Book I photographed 70 women of all shapes and sizes. Some of them are supermodels, some are plus size, some skinny, some older, some younger, some handicapped. The images show their bodies to my best photographic ability and the stories that accompany the images tell their stories and open up their true characters. A lot of times, the text next to the images makes you look at them twice.
What message do you want your readers to come away with?
To question their beauty standards. I want my readers to notice inner and outer beauty in people they wouldn’t look for beauty in before. I want them to look at themselves with a kinder eye.
Can you talk a bit about the kickstarter campaign that you used to fund the book?
The Kickstarter campaign didn’t just raise the funds to print the first pile of books, it also gave me confidence that a book like this one is needed. Too many people were eager to help make it and expressed their love and support of the idea, that I knew this book was nessacery!
Sophie Tweed Simmons In Curves By Victoria Janashvili
Sophie, you are one of the featured models in the book. Can you tell us about a time when you had very low confidence and how did you get out of the slump?
I grew up with very low self-confidence. I was not necessarily the standard of ‘beauty’ society holds onto so tightly. I struggled with weight and a speech and impediment among other embarrassing things. I don’t think there is one time I could pinpoint as a low confidence moment, because it was a daily struggle. The only way to get out of the slump is to stop feeling as though you don’t belong, and stop thinking that others don’t understand. Turn that into a drive to be the best human you can be. The confidence will follow.
What are the best ways to establish self love?
Fake it till you make it! Even the most beautiful supermodels struggle with self-love. It’s not going to be 100% of the time but as long as you make the conscious choices towards it, everything else will follow suit.
Julia Lescova In Curves By Victoria Janashvili
Julia, there are also a bunch of photos of you in the book! Why were you excited to work on this project? What outlet does it provide that was not there before?
I love the idea that Victoria came up with – uniting women of all sizes and putting them in the same category of beauty. She’s making an important statement that all women are beautiful. I believe it will help women to accept their body and image the way they are.
What advice do you have for girls who struggle to reconcile their inner beauty with their outer image?
Embrace who you are, and know that every woman is different. That’s what makes us beautiful. There is no perfect size, height, color, shape or weight.
All three of you, what was the best part about working on this book? What’s the most exciting part about seeing it finished?
I can’t wait to see the finished book and the result of the statement Victoria is making. These beautiful women stripped not just their clothes, but also souls, opened their hearts and were able to be vulnerable. Victoria helps every woman feel to comfortable in her skin and portrays every woman in that book in the most vulnerable yet powerful way. It’s a project she’s been working on for so long with such excitement and passion. We all believe in this project. All women are nude in the book, in the most classy and tasteful way, and this book is not made for men but actually for women, to inspire them to be more comfortable in their skin, love themselves, accept their beauty, and to empower and unite women.
Do you have any more plans to work together in the future?
We love Victoria and will always work with her. We look forward to more books made by her. Hopefully this is just the first edition.