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Travel the country (some day the world) to take portraits of everyday women and show how beautiful they are. I want my daughter to see how many kinds of beauty there are. I want your daughters to see that too.

I began taking a self-portrait every day in August of 2006 as a challenge to see if I could make it one year. I discovered so much about myself and learned to see beauty in myself I had never acknowledged before, that I continued taking then for a second year.

The confidence I gained in myself as a woman and as a photographer carried into my daily life. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to take portraits of some other women and show them their own beauty, too.

Having a daughter who is now 13 and who, while lovely, questions her thighs, her teeth, her knees, is heartbreaking. I see and read words from women and girls making self-deprecating comments all the time and it kills me. I do it myself sometimes. We need to stop.

Because despite it all—despite loving my daughter and not wanting her to ever hate her body like she is learning to do, I am not exactly living a good example. I’m so much better than I’ve ever been as far as accepting myself and loving myself, body and soul, but the doubts and self-hating voices still arise. I still have days when I don’t want to see myself in the mirror.

And none of us should ever feel that way.

Rank: 22

106 Comments

nancenet70

For anyone unfamiliar with Sarah's work, please take a look at her amazing photography....I'd love to see Sarah win this as I think more than her daughter will benefit from the pictures that would come from Sarah travelling across the country!

rozartist

Sarah's work is beautiful and strongly felt. I strongly second what nancenet70 has to say.

emhoss

Sarah is amazing and deserves this dream so much!!..I could not even list all the ways I have known her to be selfless over the years we have been friends---

AmandaBrumfield

Sarah is the kind of person who empathizes with almost everyone she meets. She can see inside and find the goodness in everyone and that comes through in her photography.

nancyherman

Sounds like a very good idea.

MaryE

Sarah is a wonderful photographer whose dream should be realized. The benefit to women and girls everywhere would be priceless.

wandawoman

Sarah has an incredible eye. Get to know her work now, because I think she's going places!

njmphoto

As a woman, the fact that this proposal even exists makes me happy. For Sarah to be able to actually do this assignment would make me even happier. Women need this.

TheFoxx

The world needs more photographers and story tellers like you. I hoe you win - this would be an incredibly important project!

amedame

This is awesome, Sarah. Good luck!

darxyanne

How do I vote yes yes yes? Your vision is wonderful and much needed.

laumil

What a beautiful idea. Where can we see your photographs?

deerledge

Sarah - you rock

litwaart

great idea sarah! good luck

Sadandbeautiful

Thank you so much for the votes, encouragement, and enthusiasm!

You can see my photos at http://flickr.com/photos/sadandbeautiful

zeebird

I wish you all the best Sarah! This would be an amazing project - one that is greatly needed by so many women.

jeannie2nyc

I'd love to see you win this. How amazing would that be. Hope you are getting all your flickr fans to vote!!!

amydeeter

All the best Sarah! You would do such a great job with this project..

sfisher71

Best of luck, Sarah! You really deserve to win this, and then to go forth and DO IT!

taminsea

This is a wonderful idea for a project.

mrbbqcook

You are an Awesome ,Strong ,Beautiful Woman and i think you are Wonderful !!!

jenn

Excellent idea, Sarah! We need more positive media images of female beauty.

Ellegon

Good luck, Sarah...you certainly have mt vote!! This is a great idea for a positive image.

dustyroselee

Sarah is an artist with a proven record of dedication - taking pictures with a fine sense of aesthetic, intelligence, and a big heart. I can think of no one better to take on this subject matter and as well it would be an important political/social subject to tackle. Choose Sarah! XOXOX

FatherJohn

I like your idea!

Will you vote for me? Let's do this and see how it turns out. Let's help each other!

Good luck!

katepower

Thank you for voting Sarah. I love your idea as well. I truly believe whoever wins will be doing a wonderful thing with their dream. You too have my vote.

katepower

Sarah

I also wanted to let you know I mentioned your wonderful dream on facebook, my blog, and flickr. I would love to be able to help you get into the top 20.

Thanks

Kate

marypowersholt

With your eye this would be an amazing project. Good luck!

shubbard

Excellent idea: I have a scrumptious daughter; a lovely sister who has 4 gorgeous daughters; and a beautiful mother. Would that we all had known from the beginning that we had our own beauty, and that to be focused so intently on our outside shells was a bit self-destructive. Best wishes, Sandy

akellogg1

I believe this project is of primary importance, for our daughters, mothers, granddaughters, grandsons. Creativity of this magnitude should be rewarded.

room_twenty

I wish I had something like this to see when I was a young teenage girl!

elfini

I love the idea behind this project - every woman should feel beautiful in her own skin. What Sarah has accomplished on a personal level is amazing and her wish to share that with others to be applauded. Good luck Sarah!

ally_prefontaine

What a great idea! .. please visit my dream and leave a vote or comment if you are inspired to. Thanks and Good Luck!!

upandcoming27

cool idea, good luck to you.

samipeck

sounds like a wonderful idea. I hope your dream comes true!

ksnyder

Good luck Sarah!

bohemimama

I love this idea! Good luck Sarah!

Myschyf

What a marvelous idea!

negativelane

Good luck!

photogmomma

As someone who also did a SPAD project (tippiepics.com/selfportrait) for a year, I think this is a wonderful idea! Good luck with the voting - I hope you can get this done... And I'm off to check out your photos...

Amazonian

Unite against the “network” that is scheming votes. Support ideas that are “lost” due to unworthy ideas using low tactics. “Insulin” is not the best idea. Something is wrong here and many fantastic ideas are getting lost due to the “network.” If you like my idea on “Vanishing Cultures,” vote for it.

KRATHBUN2

Sounds great! I voted-please read my dream and vote-I think you will love it!

clutzclemens

She's great!

bsasso

I love this idea! check out mine and Pic it if youd like! Congo here I come...

Alikeh

Sarah was BORN to do this project! And what a good proposal it is. Girls today need this. As do grown women. Look at the media today. Over 50 percent of teens feel empathy for Chris Brown and blame Rihanna on some level. The perception of women today is pretty terrible. Sarah's project can help.

starla

Lovely idea!!. I just pic'd you. I hope you'll be kind enought to come check me out, and lend your vote! Thanks!

poohnice

What an awesome idea! You have my vote!

flooz

you need to do this.
WE need you to do this!

louisarose

This isn't just a dream to satisfy one person, its a dream that can make a difference to many people. A selfless idea from a selfless woman.
Good Luck Sarah!

Karen3679

What a great idea, good luck!

anyagarrett

Beautifully stated, Sarah!

jimlamb

I'm so happy to send my vote towards Sarah's Dream Assignment. She's a fantastic lady, thoughtful and artistic photographer, and loving mom.

Good luck Sarah!

KaiserKen

I could wax ecstatic about Sarah's work, and often do. For now I'll just say - Go Sarah!

jenwhalen

keeping my fingers crossed for ya!!!!

nadiamaddox

I love your idea. You could make a book. I would definitely love something like this for my daughter.

cybergabi

Pic'd. Good luck. It would be great if you made it.

MasonS

Sarah is a fantastically talented photographer. The photos she has taken of our daughter are nothing short of spectacular.

And she's a really nice person too ;-)

chris88

I love your idea. I hope you win !

nanda2008

Good luck Sarah !
Your project is wonderful and i hope your dream will come true.

xelia

Sarah is amazing, and totally inspiring. If anybody hasn't looked at her photography you're seriously missing out!

aikitherese

Fabulous, worthwhile concept!! Best of luck :)

isabellajo

I'm sure she will win. She is an amazing photographer and her project is excellent !

MeiraV

Much love, Sarah!

danmcc

GO Sarah!
I have two daughters.
Danmcc

Sarasofia

Brilliant!!

yaliblu

You have so much to offer, and I'm so happy to see that you have this vision! Good luck--I wish you all the best!

mermaiden

good luck with your dream, it is a nice concept and something that needs to be done!

PeggyO

Finally registered so I could vote for this. Good luck- I hope you win. What an awesome dream.

twisteduterus

great idea!

amanda71478

good luck, sarah! I hope your dream comes true. i voted for you!

marvelousmomma

i'm one of your biggest fans sarah! i think your idea is just great! i think you are great! i've much enjoyed being taken along on your journey of self portraits... you are inspiring! all my best!!!

artsyt

goooooo sarah! i'm behind you all the way! :)

missbossy

this is a wonderful idea. We are all unique and beautiful in our own rights.

realwriter

I stand and applaud this heartfelt dream, Sarah. I didn't set a very good example for my children because of the way I felt about my own body. I hope your dreams and those of other women manifest a positive picture of what beautiful women we all truly are.

JaneBanks

Good luck, Sarah! This is a wonderful idea.

leedav

I hope you win!

CaveArt

A far-reaching choice of assignment with many beautiful possibilities for our sons and daughters both. I hope you have the chance to do it - best of luck, Sarah.

tshane

Great idea! Here's hoping!

JBarlow

A powerful message for all women!

ellemoss

great idea! good luck to you!

crowjay

very best of luck to you!

danlward

Best of luck!

joeyfeldman

you dont have to sell me,youre work speaks for it self i hope you win this-good luck!

joannecampbell

good luck from me!

joannecampbell

good luck from me too

dlk1100

go sarah

ascottwhite

Good luck.

Hello, Sarah.

jennilol

Amazing work. I wish you could take a picture of me so maybe I could appreciate myself!

b_highdi

Good luck Sarah !
Your project is great and i hope you'll win!

WEFORGOT

You go Girl!
Best of Luck for a Very Neccessary Concept.
Cousins Marion & Joe

meachan

What a beautiful idea! You've got my vote :)

dingobongo

All the best Sarah hope you get it!!

Pat Lamb x

lalarose

Cecily fan here- sending you best of luck vibes!

mainegirl

Here from cecily's blog, love your project.

kbozen

I did it :-)

cleoaggie

Good luck Sarah. I hope you get your dream.

CircusKelli

I would love my daughters to learn to love themselves from the inside out. I would like to be able to do that, too.

Good luck, Sarah!

solraimondo

I am here via Cecily! I loved your project and hope you win. Go Sarah!!!

JoanKGordon

This would be so terrific and your work would help all of us 'girls' in the world. Spread the word...

mihow

Good luck, Sarah!!

TheAitch

I VOTED!!! I now deserve to be best online friend of the year!!!!!!!!!!!

katshots

All the best, Sarah!!!

blanchemel

best of luck, Sarah!!!!!

downix

Xelia pointed me your way, and reading your thoughts, agreed with the idea. Female beauty is far broader and grander than any Mode or Elle, and you have a keen eye to capture it. I hope for you, and will love to see the result.

wbloom

What a terrific idea. Good luck Sarah