The Adipositivity Project


© The Adipositivity Project

You must must must must MUST check out the the amazing Adipositivity Project.

Adipositivity is a photography project that captures the everyday fat woman, with all her folds, bumps and dimples, and celebrates her. The photos are beautiful and each has a different tone – sexy, jubilant, tranquil – yet all the pictures feature the strength and confidence of the woman photographed.


© The Adipositivity Project

In the words of Substantia Jones, the brains and talent behind the Project:


The Adipositivity Project aims to promote size acceptance, not by listing the merits of big people, or detailing examples of excellence (these things are easily seen all around us), but rather, through a visual display of fat physicality. The sort that’s normally unseen.

The hope is to widen definitions of physical beauty. Literally.

The photographs here are close details of the fat female form, without the inclusion of faces. One reason for this is to coax observers into imagining they’re looking at the fat women in their own lives, ideally then accepting them as having aesthetic appeal which, for better or worse, often translates into more complete forms of acceptance.

The women you see in these images are educators, executives, mothers, musicians, professionals, performers, artists, activists, clerks, and writers. They are perhaps even the women you’ve clucked at on the subway, rolled your eyes at in the market, or joked about with your friends.

This is what they look like with their clothes off.

Some are showing you their bodies proudly. Others timidly. And some quite reluctantly. But they all share a determination in altering commonly accepted notions of a narrow and specific beauty ideal.

I love this project because they are just regular women. Not plus size models. Not in the public eye. Not perfect. And there are, unfortunately, very few opportunities where we can observe what a wonderfully imperfect body looks like.


© The Adipositivity Project

The anonymity in the photos, as Substantia said, do allow us to imagine the fat women in our lives. They also allow us to imagine ourselves. If we can look at one of Adipositivity’s rolly, dimpled bodies and see that it is beautiful, then it stands to reason that we can look at our own rolly, dimpled bodies and see ourselves as beautiful. How revolutionary is that?!

New photos are uploaded regularly, so make sure you keep the page bookmarked.


This is my favourite one so far. © The Adipositivity Project

Adipositivity also has a shop, as does Substantia, and one (or more) of you should buy me this fabulous apron and/or this water bottle.

All pictures reproduced with permission.


17 Responses to “The Adipositivity Project”

  1. 1 BuffPuff 30 June, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I just had to drop you a line to say that your favourite adiposer is actually one of my best friends! We both posed for Substantia last summer in New York, (indeed, we both feature in the adipositivity calendar), and it was really good fun. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to make a difference to how fat bodies are perceived by ourselves, the world in general, and each other.

    • 2 Frances 30 June, 2009 at 9:59 pm

      That’s awesome! Congratulations!

      I am so in love with all of Substantia’s pictures – it was so hard whittling my list down to just four.

      Tell your friend that I think her belly is GORGEOUS.

    • 3 Heather 26 December, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      and how does one participate in the adipositivity project?

  2. 4 BuffPuff 30 June, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I’ll tell her. I’m sure it’ll put a spring in her step for the rest of the day!

  3. 5 Heather 26 December, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I love this project 🙂 it’s truly inspiring and all of the bodies are so absolutely beautiful

  4. 6 jayke 11 April, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    beautiful images! Capturing the essence of humanity!

  5. 7 Brian 7 July, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I have long been a fan of curvy women and the Adipositivity Project is a complimentary and classy way to show the beauty they possess. Handled in this way, it eschews the fetishism of the appreciation of their beauty, and instead celebrates their body in a sensitive manner and with a professional eye for great photography. Thank you very much!

  6. 8 Kacy 11 July, 2011 at 4:48 am

    How do you go about becoming a subject? I would be interested.

  7. 10 eduardo 31 July, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Awsome project.
    All the ladies shown here are Gorgeous.Congratulations for this sprit,and up grading the beauty of those girls.
    My wife has 260 pounds,and I am crazy in love on her.I should say that I am a fat fan,and took me a long time find a woman that really loves her bodacious body.
    Fantastic site.

  8. 11 SrtaMargarita 2 August, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Gorgeous! Makes me feel better about myself to see women around my size shown in all their beauty.

  9. 12 Marc Williams 9 August, 2011 at 12:57 am

    love this site love all the women

  10. 13 JD 19 December, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I love fell in love with the site and the 3rd picture the first time i saw them years ago. That picture is my favorite picture in the world i think. Not just because I’m a chemistry major and if i had a book over my face you would swear i was the model but the star of the photograph is as close to my ideal as i have ever seen.

    Anything that encourages people to be confident in who they are as they are is a God send. Almost all media focus’ on convincing people that they are lacking in some way (just to sell a product or idea) Hooray for any one saying your good as you are!

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