A photo exhibition that saw women strip down to nothing with an aim of promotion positive body image in Copenhagen has been shut down by police for being ‘too indecent’.
Danish nudist photographer and artist Mathilde Grafström was shooting the exhibition for her ‘Female Beauty’ collection, but local officers were not happy with what they were seeing.
Police denied her permission to continue the shoot and went on to say that the whole thing was ‘offensive’. Speaking to Denmark’s TV 2, Mathilde said: “I take my photos to show young women that they are more beautiful than they think. I show the woman that she is beautiful, and that way I can help her to accept herself.”
“It’s totally reprehensible. Total suppression of my art,” she said. “I don’t understand that my pictures can be offensive. They show something you see when you change clothes at a swimming pool.”
According to Ms Grafström’s website, the models aren’t the only one getting their clothes off for the shoot. “I love to shoot my models naked,” she writes. “But sometimes it can be difficult because I also fight with my own problems; I think my hips and breasts are to small.”
Her ‘Female beauty’ series stems from her own insecurities with her body, making her passion for promoting positive body image even stronger.
“Sometimes when my boyfriend are looking at my body, I think that I’m unattractive. But then I can see that it’s all the negative thoughts about my body that makes me less beautiful and unfree.”