In December the book on the project "Simple Beauty" was published. It collects the best pictures of this project, which lasted more than 3 years and during which more than 10,000 pictures of naked women were taken, on the search for inner and particular beauty. Fifty real women in the nude, not professionals, models for just one day and often for the first time, who posed to receive three pictures, with the only goal of having an extraordinary experience.
The women weighted from a hundred to a hundred and fifty pounds, they were from five to six feet tall, their ages ranged from nineteen to forty. These are the statistics of "Semplice Bellezza", which I wasn't even keen to reveal. Reason being, they mean nothing to me, rather I consider them to be misleading. This is true also because they were not the result of choice, but what I happened to shoot. I believe numbers do not matter when it comes to beauty; it doesn't matter the size, age, or weight. There is no single way of being beautiful.
I realised that despite the images' expressiveness, they could not tell everything of this experience. They didn't completely express what it meant for a non-model to pose in front of a photographer. That's why I asked the models to write their thoughts down. I found it amazing that, for the majority of them, posing was an important step forward in the complex relationship with their own body.
"Semplice Bellezza - Fifty Real Women in the Nude"
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Simple Beauty - A project by the Italian photographer Mario Cipollini dedicated to the beauty of all those women who do not live on their beauty; they are portrayed naturally, with no complex make-up or image processing, no special setting, accessories or clothing. Photography, beauty, and women, it seems a truism on which theres no longer anything to say. All the more so by means of overexploited nudes.But is it really so? It is a fascinating topic; we all believe we can recognize beauty, although it is not measurable. The models proposed on women's magazines today are very different from those of, say, thirty years ago; does this mean that what was considered beautiful just a little time ago is no longer so? Are there canons of beauty which go beyond fashion?