'Barbella' - Kate Biel

Bodybuilding extends the fine lines of the typical feminine body. When performed by women, it is a pageantry and strength-driven sport that challenges gender roles, beauty, and health.

My work focuses on the pleasure bodybuilders experience in crafting their physiques.

artist: Kate Biel

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Bodybuilding embraces the grotesque, and it is one of the few impossible beauty standards the male-dominated media doesn’t openly embrace. Perhaps, due to the threat that a muscled woman can embolden against the norm.

I wrap my subjects in a gauze of steam, glitter, and baby oil, resulting in alluring, nostalgic images of buff women flexing, gardening, and relishing in their muscular forms.

editor : Ecaterina Rusu

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