She is Seen Movement highlights the body shapes of all women

The women at Knights Beach in 2020.
The women at Knights Beach in 2020.

Almost 150 women enjoyed the warmer conditions to strip to their underwear in Port Elliot for the annual She is Seen Movement photoshoot.

And now the Middleton-based movement, which champions normal body shapes of all types, ages and sizes is gearing up for the next big event to be held at Tipi Lane in McLaren Vale on Saturday, February 27.

COVID-19 meant that, for the first time, not one, but two shoots had to be held at Port Elliot as group numbers were restricted. The venues for each were different - one at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens and headland and the other at Knights Beach.

The event included live music by Laura Hill.

A highlight of the shoot on Ramindjeri Land was the creation of the Ngarrindjeri symbol for a women's meeting place as part of the Welcome to Country by Kyla, Jade and Abby.

Participants came from across the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide and ranged in age from twenties through to late sixties.

Middleton author and photographer Libby Tozer, the founder of the She Is Seen Movement, said she had been overwhelmed by the feedback from participants.

"The weather was such a contrast to our 2019 event where we all froze in wet, windy conditions, so it was wonderful to be able to showcase the range of normal body shapes in such idyllic conditions," Libby said.

Mother and daughter at the photo shoot in 2020.

Mother and daughter at the photo shoot in 2020.

"Our scars, scrapes, bumps and marks are all what makes us individuals and in many ways, also tells our story and that's what's behind the movement and our shoots."

One of the participants, Jess Stevens, said it was a step out of her comfort zone, being embarrassed about her body and never surfing, let alone wearing underwear in public.

"The shoot smashed all those stupid preconceptions and although I was petrified, I shed my clothes and dived in, trusting that this experience could only enrich my life.

"I've never cared for other's physical appearances and that evening, I finally gave myself permission to be present with my soul."

It was also a liberating experience for Ali Higgins.

"I felt free in my body for the first time ever in my nearly 50 years on this night," Ali said after the shoot.

The event was also used to raise funds for Treasure Boxes SA and Catherine House Adelaide.

Tickets are now on sale for the next shoot at Tipi Lane in McLaren Vale via Eventbrite.

The Tipi Lane event features live music from Nancy Bates, Naomi Keyte and Tilly Thomas and Bliss dance and sound bowl workshops.

This story 150 women strip at Port Elliot ... now to McLaren Vale first appeared on The Times.

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