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Artist Busts Gender Genres with Stunning New Photo Series

“I Heart Girl” redefines what it means to be “seen” as a woman.

Image via Jessica Yatrofsky

In most mass media, the female form comes in about three different colors and contours, and one all-purpose gender presentation. The standards are exhausting for the large groups of women who don’t fit the conventional sizing, which is why artist Jessica Yatrofsky stepped in. Her latest photo series, I Heart Girl, explores women with a wide range of masculine and feminine attributes, helping to break big bad gender boundaries.


Yatrofsky’s subjects come dressed and undressed, but each portrait feels equally intimate. According to the artist, helping her subjects embrace their own vulnerability is a key part of her technique: “Intimacy is an essential part of the images I create so it's important for me to start a dialogue first outside of shooting … When you invite someone to sit for a portrait or in my case, lay down for a portrait, it requires trust and I like to think I create a space where a subject feels comfortable being vulnerable.”

While many of Yatrofsky’s portraits are nude, her goal isn’t to hypersexualize her female subjects, but rather, let them define their own limits and range. To see more of Yatrofky’s work and I Heart Girl, check out her awesome site here.

Image via Jessica Yatrofsky

Image via Jessica Yatrofsky

Image via Jessica Yatrofsky

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