On Sunday, in the midst of the Republic National Convention in Cleveland, 100 women joined forces and stripped down, getting totally naked to make a powerful political point that won't soon be forgotten!
The mass nudity movement was spearheaded by photographer Spencer Tunick, who called the project Everything She Says Means Everything.
Back in May, he had put out a call for volunteers to flood the RNC with people's nude bodies, with just one requirement: those nude had to be women. The photographer intended to make the photography work an act of peaceful political protest to highlight and combat GOP candidate Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric towards women.
The message resonated with many women, and on Sunday, 100 came together outside the city's Quicken Loans Arena one day before the convention was scheduled to start to stage their protest in full view of the entire city.
Participant Jennifer Dienes discussed what it meant to take on Trump in this way — and do it completely naked:
"I don't support the Republican party with Trump at the forefront. There were a few people trying to scare me out of it. A lot of people were saying, ‘My mom is going to kill me!' But it was presented in a classy, peaceful way. Sometimes you just have to stand up for what's right. I'm proud of what I did. Holding up the mirrors with the other undressed women, it was really special. Seeing all the light reflected on all the bodies and faces. Everyone was so happy. We were proud."
As part of the shoot, all the naked subjects also held mirrors above their head, and Tunick explained why that came into play at the protest:
"The mirrors communicate that we are a reflection of ourselves, each other, and of, the world that surrounds us. The woman becomes the future and the future becomes the woman."
And more than anything, the participants found a level of solidarity with each other, regardless of color, body type, age, or any other identifying markers.
Participant Deanna Bergdorf said after going through the protest experience:
"I fought to hold in my tears as [Tunick] explained that we were gathered together to make a statement against the rhetoric of hatred that's being spewed out from the Republican party; against the misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, anti-LGBTQ, ableist platform that has defined hating others as an acceptable American lifestyle. I was struck by the sameness of all the different bodies. All kinds of shapes and sizes were present. We were old and young; we were mahogany and golden, pale and bronze and freckled. Some of us were sleek and lean and ‘unblemished' by pregnancy and childbirth and years of breastfeeding. Others held decades' worth of stories in their wrinkles and creases and folds. But, the most interesting effect of this collection of difference was (to me) its overwhelming sameness. I had to look closely to even notice who was fit and who was ‘fluffy' because that kind of detail, or maybe categorization, became little more than background noise."