Jerry Tieng, a Filipino photographer, wants to promote body positivity and celebrate all shapes and sizes. He tells Cosmo.ph that he, along with many others, grew up having a concept of beauty that was fed by the media. Now that he has two teenage daughters, he wants them and other women out there to be “self-assured, empowered, and confident regardless of how society portrays women.” To do this, Jerry plans to take artistic and almost nude portraits of women “to rival the best magazine centerfolds.” He’s already pooled his fashion photographer friends, the best ones in Manila, such as Jay Tablante, Jake Verzosa, and Patrick Uy.
For his project, Jerry is looking for up to 100 women volunteers from 18 to 80 years old. They will be paired with up to 100 professional photographers. Jerry assures that the shoot “will be private, supported mostly by women in production set design, makeup, and lights.”
As of this writing, 26 women have already been listed to participate. If you’re interested in being a part of this project that’s for a good cause, do contact Jerry at Facebook.com/jerrytieng.
When the shoot is over, Jerry wants to exhibit all the photographs in a Manila gallery. And if all the women agree, there will be a social media campaign to further drive awareness and empowerment.
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