Today we move from the face to the body – neck to thighs in fact, as we talk with sculptor, artist and truly inspirational speaker Cheryl Ann Webster.
With her artist’s eye for seeing unique beauty, Cheryl Ann has sculpted 120 life size torsos of women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Each piece is then lovingly painted with images of the story of that woman’s life. As she spoke with each woman Cheryl Ann developed a truly unique connection to the stories we women have with and about our bodies. And as her exhibition has toured around North America, touching the lives of tens of thousands of women – and men – and bringing transformation to those people, Cheryl Ann has gathered even more stories of the experience of living inside a woman’s body.
Cheryl Ann literally had me in tears four times during this call, as she shared the moving, powerful healing journey that shetook with the 118 women who were the models for 120 life-size sculptures of women’s bodies in all their beautiful diversity.
And the fact that at every place where the sculptures are exhibited, there are boxes of tissues for the people who view the sculptures, because each person resonates with at least one sculpture, and that helps them celebrate the life of a sister, a mother, a daughter, or a wife.
Simply viewing the exhibits has helped thousands of people question their beliefs about health, beauty, fitness, and even race.
Her exhibition presents a rare opportunity for girls and women, boys and men, to study each others’ bodies naked, in a safe space. “It’s like a community of women waiting to share their stories, and people cry almost immediately when they see them,” Cheryl Ann says.
I know I did, just talking about it – and as a therapist, I often think I’ve heard it all. Clearly, I haven’t. And maybe there’s some healing for you when you listen to the rest of my conversation with Cheryl Ann, a Beautiful Woman and body image revolutionary.
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The Body Image Revolution is an international telesummit bringing together body image experts to share their wisdom and experience,
and help women around the world find peace with their own bodies, and bring about a powerful peaceful revolution – one woman at a time.