In his provocative new book, photographer and actor Leonard Nimoy (best known to the public from his role as Spock on Star Trek) captures images of full-bodied women, some of whom are involved in what is known as the “fat acceptance” movement. “The average American woman,” Nimoy writes, “weighs 25 percent more than the models selling the clothes. There is a huge industry built up around selling women ways to get their bodies closer to the fantasy ideal. Pills, diets, surgery, workout programs… The message is, ‘You don’t look right. If you buy our product, you can get there.'” In The Full Body Project, Nimoy challenges dominant notions of the ideal feminine figure as represented in the media and fine arts.
Last Gasp, in conjunction with the ArtNowSF and Juxtapoz Magazine monthly party Suite Jesus, is having a special book release event for “Full Body Project” featuring models from the book this Friday, August 22nd at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco.
photo by Leonard Nimoy