The photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman captivates viewers with her beautifully intimate yet political images. From her personal snapshots of friends and partner, captured on disposable cameras, to vivid and advanced digital renditions of bloody tampons and downy vulvas, she has built a name for herself as an outspoken feminist artist who creates work that is both beautiful and courageous. Schneiderman’s work challenges the aesthetic expectations of feminine and masculine grooming, juxtaposing hairy legs with polished cherry toenails and chest hair with women’s earrings. 

 

 

Her recent project, titled “Lady Manes” aims to reveal the absurdity behind cultural standards of women’s pubic hair maintenance by photographing her own nude form adorned with wigs, each meant to reappropriate the way in which men claim beards as symbols of masculinity. Posing in recognizably “feminine” stances reminiscent of fashion model spreads, she proudly shows off her carefully styled pubic hair. The images are “[her] way of saying, ‘Fuck you. Enough is enough’” to the beauty industry and the objectification of women are our nether regions. The artist tells Huffington Post, "I guess if I were to simplify it, it just came out of this frustration with the idea of 'femininity' and gender roles." 

 

 

The empowering and ambitious “Lady Manes” reminds us that cultural limitations on women and expectations of female beauty are things to be challenged and that our bodies, however they might be groomed, are worthy of celebration! Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments. 

 

 

Thanks to Rhiannon Schneiderman, Huffington Post, and Feature Shoot

Images via Huffington Post and Rhiannon Schneiderman

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