PHYSICAL FEMINISM: ROUND IS BEAUTIFUL
Iris Brosch isn’t afraid to take risks or to speak her mind. The Paris-based, German-born photographer and artist speaks her mind both through the lens and in conversation with Imagista.
Imagista: What was the initial inspiration behind this project or body of work?
Iris: ROUND IS BEAUTIFUL is a kind of physical feminism. In the fashion and advertising worlds the image of women is getting really restricted… the model’s space is reduced to the space of a stick. The models with no female forms are surfing only on the stage of the fashion podiums. They look nearly dead. It looks like they will soon completely disappear. That’s how I decided to use, for the production, only models with forms, hips, breath and curves. First looking into the plus-sized agency, I was a little disappointed that the plus-sized models looked to me like normal-sized women. I was inspired by the old goddesses, like the Venus of Willendorf and the only way to find some of these rounder-type of women was to go on Craigslist.
Imagista: What do you love about this project?
IB: I like to see the happiness and freedom of the rounder models I photographed.
Imagista: How long, or over what time period, did this project go on for?
IB: Like a normal fashion project we organized and and casted for one day and shot for two. Post-production took a long time. Also, we had to confront some problems with a modeling agency who did not agree with the female forms we were looking for.
Imagista: Are there any other additional plans with this project?
IB: I am a strong feminist. For centuries, the image of women has been defined by the eyes and brains of men. It is time that women get together to build a better tomorrow.
Imagista: Is there anything else you’d like to say about this project?
IB: Feminism is the future!
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Photographer: Iris Brosch
Writer: Jessica Young
Jeweler: Adrienne Alaimo
Hair & Mk Up: Kristin Hilton
Stylist: P. Lu & M. Bowman Gray
Retouching: Becky Siegel
Photo Assistant: Jesse Dreyfus