The world lost actor Leonard Nimoy on Friday, who passed away aged 83. Most known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek, what many don’t know is that Nimoy was an avid photographer—and championed full-bodied women through his candid, black-and-white shots.
The Full Body Project, a collection of photographs featuring nude women of all shapes and sizes, was published in 2007. The inspiration for the project came, reports Mashable, when a full-figured woman approached Nimoy and asked him to photograph her and her friends.
Mashable also reports that author Natalie Angier, who wrote the introduction to The Full Body Project, said that it bothered Nimoy that so many women were ashamed of their bodies. “It really disturbed him that women who considered themselves overweight had this terrible feeling about themselves,” she said. “He wanted to show the world that there’s beauty to be found in different body types.”
Although the book did not find a broad audience, we think the photographs are just super—although we don’t advocate unhealthy body types of any sort here at SheRa, what is important is a greater proliferation of women in their birthday suits to ingrain that a ‘sexy woman’ comes in all shapes and sizes.
All photographs courtesy of Leonard Nimoy/R. Michelson Galleries, via mashable.com