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Art Girls Serving Us Body Positivity This Beach Season
Who wants to be Barbie on the beach when you can be a work of art by the sea
News 18 Jun 2019

While the ideal image of women represented by the media and magazines today is simplistic and conformist to one ideal of beauty, the women of art history were often curvaceous, and unashamedly so. And, as beach season is upon us, we thought we’d have a look at the babes of art – both from history and the present – serving us all serious body positivity.
 
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Peter Paul Rubens is well known for painting buxom, round-bodied beauties. Just look at these Three Graces, they haven’t been on a green juice diet and they look fab. We’ll take whatever they’re having!
 
Hayv Kahraman
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Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman depicts women with body hair and womanly curves. They’re real, un-airbrushed, and ooze confidence.
 
Mickalene Thomas
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Proving that beauty doesn’t mean white skin or blonde hair, Mickalene Thomas subverts the ancient stereotype of loveliness by replacing the figure of a nude woman in Manet’s Olympia with a just-as-beautiful black woman. A Little Taste of Outside Love (2007) is beauty for the 21st century, and we’re here for it!
 
Cristina BanBan
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Cristina BanBan’s characters are larger than life and full of personality, exactly the kind of sass we want to embody when we’re by the beach. Need #girlboss inspiration? Look no further!
 
Monica Kim Garza
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Monica Kim Garza’s art often depicts the beach or the sea, so her inclusion in this list was a no-brainer. Usually populated by women, they prove that you don’t need to have a body like Barbie to get attention by the beach.
 
Words by Lizzy Vartanian
Images via Wikipedia, @hayvkahraman, @akinskinte, @cristinabanban, @grooovyqueen

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