San Francisco-based famous photographer Carey Fruth has created a photo series titled “American Beautiful” in which women of many body shapes pose amid idyllic flower beds to challenge the conventional definition of “beauty” in the United States. Fruth was motivated by a steamy sequence in the 1999 film of the same name, in which Kevin Spacey dreamed about one of his daughter’s friends.

Fruth told Huffpost that if people “go into a fantasy dream world” and “let go of that anxiety,” they can channel the negative self-talk they’ve been feeding themselves into more productive areas of their lives.

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Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
Photographer Challenges 'American Beauty' Standards With 14 Women Of All Shapes
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Positive growth.

Nature, in the common sense, refers to essences unchanged by man; space, the air, the river, the leaf. Art is applied to the mixture of his will with the same things, as in a house, a canal, a statue, a picture. But his operations taken together are so insignificant, a little chipping, baking, patching, and washing, that in an impression so grand as that of the world on the human mind, they do not vary the result.

The sun setting through a dense forest.
Wind turbines standing on a grassy plain, against a blue sky.
The sun shining over a ridge leading down into the shore. In the distance, a car drives down a road.

Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man’s condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put.

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