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February 06, 2013

The Nu Project: Nude Photography That Showcases Real Women

Photo credit: Matt Blum/

Nowadays, it’s common to see photographs of women who’ve been Photoshopped to unrecognizable proportions. Legs not long enough? No problem. Too skinny? Don’t worry about it.

This is why it’s so refreshing that this group of good people in Minneapolis decided to launch The Nu Project (link NSFW). Photographer Matt Blum takes candid and beautiful photographs of real women in everyday settings. The women are from all over North and South America, they have minimal makeup, and they’re all lovely in their own unique way.

The project was launched in 2005 with the mission to focus on the women’s “personalities, spaces, insecurities and quirks.” It not only promotes a healthy body image, but provides a platform for everyday women to showcase their real-life beauty.

Photo credit: Matt Blum/

The Nu Project has also helped many people recognize their own beauty.

I do realize you might not get to see this message, since you probably receive a lot of them every day, but I just wanted to give it a try and say a big, heartfelt thank you for your beautiful work at the Nu Project,” said an anonymous fan.

I’ve struggled with body issues my whole life, as I imagine most women do; it is just so easy to listen to society when they say our faces and bodies are wrong and ugly and too fat or too thin because they don’t fit certain patterns – which are, of course, randomly set and nearly impossible to achieve. It’s easy to believe them, and feel lesser, unworthy, unattractive and unlovable. Your work proves society wrong and shows the undeniable beauty in women, naturally portrayed without makeup and shot on poses not meant to make their ‘junk’ look better. And I’m sure many people, men and women, look at the pictures and think ‘These people are not movie stars and porn stars and yet they are astonishingly beautiful, and maybe so am I.’ “

Since 2005, hundreds of courageous women have participated in the project.

“Without their courage, confidence and trust, none of this would have been possible,” says a rep for the Nu Project. “We are so thankful for their willingness to open their homes to us.”

Kudos to the inspiring women that have bared all and shown us the definition of real beauty.