This French Artist Creates Illustrations That Challenge Society’s Norms for Women and We’re Here For It

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A long time ago, I had read somewhere that art was a very political thing. Because it often points out (and also calls out) the different power dynamics in a society. Whether these power dynamics relate to governments or beauty standards, art can change the way people are portrayed and treated in the world.

That’s why we’d like to take a minute to talk about the French illustrator, Cécile Dormeau. Cécile produces beautiful illustrations that defy the wildly unrealistic standards of beauty that women face on a daily basis.

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She draws inspiration from everyday incidents and conversations she encounters. Whether it’s hearing people make rude remarks about certain women’s heights and seeing how the same strict standards rarely apply to men, or not seeing an accurate representation of women’s bodies in mainstream media, Cécile creates her beautiful illustrations based on these experiences.

She tackles topics such as body hair, facial features, and body size with her art. Cécile illustrates women who are proud and comfortable with their hair, and confident with their stretch marks.

Her positive body art also draws attention to women’s reproductive health and skin-related beauty standards. Clearly, it normalizes women’s confidence in their skin, no matter how society expects them to look, and we’re here for that!

We encourage it!

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