The "Ideal Woman" project by Florida-based artist SKIP and his fiancee shows us it's possible to be imperfect and beautiful at the same time.
The Ideal Woman project explores a woman's perception of herself. One photograph shows the lines a surgeon would draw to perfect her body prior to surgery and the other shows the same women feeling confident in her skin.
Have you ever had plastic surgery?
I'm not a newcomer to plastic surgery. My first visit to the surgeon was at age 18 following the advice of my agents to have liposuction on my inner and outer thighs, my knees and love handles. My modeling career was rising faster than my weight was dropping. We all know a model is expected to be a certain physique. I was still in shock over getting signed a month before and after a whirlwind of tests and go-sees I was starting to book modeling jobs. I made the choice to go through with it. It was either that or move back to MN until I lost the weight.
Some people gasp when I tell them I've since had three more adjustments as my body continued to developed. A couple things needed adjusting after certain parts grew and others didn't. I like to call it collateral plastic surgery. I had accepted that I wasn't like "other models" before I walked into the surgeon's office. The decision felt necessary. Clearly I wasn't thinking beyond the superficial. Who wouldn't give up a little fat in exchange for a promising career in modeling? The exchange seemed fair.
What would you have done?