Friends Bonnie, Penny, and Roseanna from Brisbane, Australia, were fed up of feeling self-conscious about their lumps and bumps and decided to give themselves a shimmery makeover as a way to celebrate all shapes and sizes.
The results have captured the attention of women around the world, inspiring them to love their own bare bodies.
For Bonnie, 29, the the idea of rubbing something beautiful onto her skin is what initially appealed to her, after years of feeling insecure about her “large breasts, butt, and thighs.”
“I have always been self-conscious about my body,” Bonnie told Yahoo’s Be. “I fluctuated a lot in weight through my 20s.
“Before the first glitter shoot in 2016, the only person who had ever seen me naked in my adult life was my husband.”
After having her first baby in 2015 and witnessing her physique change again, Bonnie decided she wanted to change the way she looked at herself.
“At the time of the shoot I had just finished breastfeeding my son,” Bonnie shared. “My body had changed again, and I was so keen on the idea of rubbing glitter on my skin and enjoying its beauty.”
While getting naked in front of her gal pals initially caused her to feel anxious, she said slapping on the glitter gave her a huge confidence boost.
“I realized when I stripped off and glittered up that nothing bad happened,” she said. “All of my fears had melted away. No one judged me for my post-baby/breastfeeding body, no one said anything negative to anyone. All my fears were in my head.”
The women were overwhelmed by the response they received after the photos went online.
“Looking at yourself and seeing the parts of your body which you would normally think negatively about transformed into glistening and shining works of art really helped change my perception on myself,” Bonnie said. “And it also really helped others too.”
Now the women run body-positive photo shoots called Positively Glittered, where women of all shapes and sizes come to see themselves sparkle.
“Most participants start off a bit quiet and reserved,” Bonnie said of the shoots, which take place all over Australia. “But once the glitter starts to go on and they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror, you see the transformations begin. You see the confidence ooze out of them, and their smiles say it all!”
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