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12 People Pose Nude To Show How Diverse Bodies Really Are | LGBTPost

12 People Pose Nude To Show How Diverse Bodies Really Are

“You can do what you can do to me, but I will still be here, and in this body, and totally unashamed.”

Canadian magazine NOW Toronto recently published their second annual Body Issue.

Canadian magazine NOW Toronto recently published their second annual Body Issue.

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The issue features Torontonians with incredibly diverse body stories, like drummer Stephen Bowles, who says breaking his back made him more empathetic towards others.

The issue features Torontonians with incredibly diverse body stories, like drummer Stephen Bowles, who says breaking his back made him more empathetic towards others.

"Before, when crossing the street, I’d be upset if someone ahead of me was going slowly," he tells the publication. "But now I realize I don’t know what it took for them to get to this point and I should honor the fact that they’re here."

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There’s also human rights activist Akio Maroon, who discusses the realities of life in a black woman’s body.

There's also human rights activist Akio Maroon, who discusses the realities of life in a black woman's body.

"Being stopped by the cops is really hard for me," she tells the magazine, "because when they pull their guns I don’t know if this is my last moment on earth. Is this my last opportunity to call my daughter or my family and tell them I love them? Every single day might be my last, just because I live in the skin I’m in."

Tanja-Tiziana / Via nowtoronto.com

And Xica Ducharme, a burlesque performer and stewardess who discusses both the racial and gender-based discrimination she’s faced at the hands of others.

And Xica Ducharme, a burlesque performer and stewardess who discusses both the racial and gender-based discrimination she's faced at the hands of others.

"It doesn’t matter how much the world tries to put me down," she says. "I will stand on those heels, naked, in front of anyone, holding a fan to cool myself off from all the struggles. Making myself beautiful. Standing tall."

Tanja-Tiziana / Via nowtoronto.com


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