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Women gather at Garden of the Gods for ‘body positive’ photoshoot

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A group of women decided to take off a few layers at Garden of the Gods, and they say the pictures they took are all about loving the skin they're in. It's a story that's positively 'body positive.'

"It's gonna be terrible for the first couple seconds and everyone is going to see we're kind of half-naked," said Jade Dillard to the group of women she invited. "[But] it's going to be alright."

Dillard is new to Colorado Springs and says she wanted to find a way to find "her people," other women who want to live body positive lives. 

She says growing up her mom didn't have that confidence. 

"She talked really negatively about herself," she said.

Dillard had the idea for a group, outdoor photo shoot after seeing a Facebook page called Body Positive Catwalk

Strangers meet up in beautiful, public places to bare their bodies and their souls.

"They take off their clothes and they're in a bra, underwear, swimsuits things like that," she said. "It's so positive and very encouraging and uplifting." 

Mindy Blackwell was the professional photographer at the shoot. She says most of her clients want her to Photoshop their flaws.

"This is the first shoot that I've done probably in five years that I didn't touch-up," said Blackwell. "They didn't want anything removed. That was a whole point of it."

Originally, dozens of women RSVP'd to the event, but some backed out at the last minute.

Dillard hopes the pictures inspire others to show up and strip down the next time they schedule a shoot. 

"It's gonna be awesome," she said. 

Colorado Springs / Local News

Kristen Skovira

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1 Comment

  1. Everyone has the right to be who they are, no matter what.

    That being said, everyone DOES NOT have to accept you and all of your choices. Be who you are and be able to be good with who you are always. So you cannot get upset if you are fighting for positivity from your peers as we know the mob has always been toxic.

    If your happiness is solely based on what society and everyone else think and feel about you, then you need to reassess because the only person you can please, is yourself. You need to learn this life lesson before tackling the next one.

    Once you have learned this lesson you understand that what other people think about how you look matters not at all, because you are good with yourself and no one can bring you down unless you allow them to do so.

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