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Here Are The Stunning Results Of Kickstarter-Funded Body Awareness Campaign 'Curves' By Victoria Janashvili

15/07/2015 10:02 BST | Updated 15/07/2015 10:59 BST

What does a great bottom look like? It's both Kylie Minogue and Serena Williams; it's also Tess Munster and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Here to celebrate the variety of great bottoms, or 'booty' as is the preference of photographer Victoria Janashvili is her body awareness project Curves, which was funded on Kickstarter.

"We love women’s bodies, whether they are skinny, full, flat, athletic, old, young, black, brown, white….but not everybody does... Because not everybody knows how beautiful bodies truly are," she wrote on the funding page.

"Media still usually sets the standards of beauty at a smaller woman, making women, beautiful, healthy women—with curves, and boobs, and hips, and, yes, booties — feel an unjust pressure."

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Janashvili raised $40,000 to complete the project, indicating that it was a subject that resonated with a lot of people.

We caught up with the photographer to find out more.

What was the inspiration behind the book?

I've shot a lot of body image awareness campaigns in the past and a lot of times people used the images to promote slogans that I didn't agree with - like bigger is better, or skinny is better or whatever they could. So for a while I was thinking of a good response - so this book was perfect. It's 70 women who look completely different but are similarly beautiful to me. The book features their nude or semi nude photographs and their stories on finding confidence and self love.

Were you surprised by the support your idea gained on Kickstarter?

Yes. When we ran the Kickstarter I didn't have any expectation of how it would turn out. I thought that the project was for people to judge - if they liked it, they would fund it. But the people didn't just fund the project - they also encouraged me in every way possible to keep going with it.

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Photography Project Curves Celebrates Plus-Size And Slim Frames

What do you think about the current representation of women's bodies in the media?

I think that media is definitely changing in a positive way. But most of the times the women you would see in media are Caucasian, young and very thin - which by itself is perfectly fine. But it would be good to have a lot more diversity.

Is body image a topic that is personal to you in any way?

Of course! I am a woman and I have a body so that topic is very relevant to me as well as it is to anybody. I myself also got nude for the book and shared a story about my deepest insecurities and that was definitely very hard.

The photos will appear in an art photography book.

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