Photographer Charise Isis is turning the female nude trope on its head, transforming imagery we associate with masterpieces of yore into visual tributes to the strength and beauty of breast cancer survivors. Her series " Grace " places nude women who've undergone mastectomies into poses ripped straight from the "Venus di Milo" and "Nike of Samothrace," using pieces of art history to illuminate both the pain and resilience of her subjects. The Empress. The project started in New York City, when Isis began seeking out participants who'd experienced mastectomy surgery. She captured portraits of the women, mostly unclothed, exposing a range bodies and identities. From survivors who've opted for reconstruction to those who have not, the series celebrates women of all ages, challenging the beauty of the naked form in the context of art and contemporary photography. The connection between the relics her images are based on -- existing today in varies altered states -- and the transformed women of her frames, is not lost on Isis.
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Australia's real-life 'Calendar Girls' are celebrating a decade of fundraising by stripping nude in the name of curing cancer. The eight ladies, known as The Pink Belles , have posed stark naked in a racy calendar shoot which will raise money for cancer research. Inspired by the Hollywood movie, the Sunshine Coast ladies decided to do something a little different this year to mark the 10th anniversary of their charity. The eight ladies, known as The Pink Belles, have posed stark naked in a racy calendar shoot which will raise money for cancer research. Following in the footsteps of Australia's hottest firemen, the Pink Belles bared all in a fun and very intimate nude photo shoot.
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Surviving breast cancer is a huge achievement that anyone should feel proud of, and The Grace Project aims to celebrate those who have gone through life-saving surgeries. Honouring women post-mastectomy in an array of breathtaking nude images, Charise Isis illuminates both the pain and strength of her subjects. Charise revealed she was first inspired to start the project several years ago, when she was working as a boudoir photographer and a nervous client arrived. She explained she didn't want to take her clothes off as she'd had a mastectomy 12 years earlier, but once the shoot began, her whole attitude was transformed. Charise told Buzzfeed : "She was embarrassed about her breast, which she felt was mutilated," Charise said. She was feeling sensual and beautiful when suddenly she threw her clothes of and exclaimed 'fuck it!
By Bianca London for MailOnline. A two-time breast-cancer survivor has posed naked for Cosmopolitan magazine in a bid to inspire other women. The year-old said her world turned upside down when she found a lump in her breast in April