Two Childhood Friends Are Photographing 1,001 Female Bums And We Want In

Emilie Mercier and Frédérique Marseille have launched a project to photograph over 1,000 bums to show all women come in various shapes and sizes.

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In the melodic, philosophical, romantic words of Sir Mix-A-Lot, 'I like big butts and I can not lie/ You other brothers can't deny.'

Inspired by such profundity, two women are now on a mission to celebrate and raise awareness of the beauty, diversity and sheer awesomeness of the female derrière, through the power of photography.

Montreal-based childhood friends and photographers, Emilie Mercier and Frédérique Marseille, are the masterminds behind the '1001 Fesses' project.

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Their aim?

To photograph 1,001 female bums in a bid to share 'the beauty of the female form in an attempt to address a widespread obsession: hating our backsides', according to the pair's blog.

'We have seen our bodies change from childhood to adulthood and this intimacy in our friendship made us think: why not collect pictures of all kinds of bums?' the pair write.

'Maybe we would discover how crazy it is to hate our own bodies and simply see how unique each and every woman is. And, this way, start loving ourselves a little bit better.'

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From squishy to flat, and wide to petite, the photographs raise awareness to the fact that in an era of 'belfies', Kim Kardashian 'breaking the internet' bums, and fitness plans dedicated to firming and toning up our behinds, no woman's bottom is perfect and each and every single one of them deserves to be rejoiced and loved.

Sharing the photographs to Instagram, the duo's photos see a range of women in a variety of situations, ranging from reading books in the bathroom, sitting on their beds, and walking in the wild.

Emilie and Frédérique hope to compile all 1,001 photos into a book. However, the pair have endured numerous upheavals to get the project recognised and respected by the masses.

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On their blog, the pair explain they started the 1001Fesses project ('fess' is a slang word for 'bum' in French) in November 2014 to address society's obsession with 'hating our backsides'.

However, after launching a crowd funding campaign in 2015 to raise the funds needed to travel the world and photograph all different kinds of female bottoms around the world, Facebook deleted the fan page because of what the social media site deemed to be the project's 'pornographic content'.

Since launching '1001Fesses', the pair also admit to receiving criticism for featuring mainly caucasian women.

In NYC, we shot amazing women in cutie appartments ! #nycwomen #pinkhome #courslight #homesweethome #womangaze #suntan

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'Some people have been criticising the fact that most of the models who have already participated are in there twenties and caucasian. This is not a choice, we just wish more and more women will wish to participate!' they say.

If you'd like to take part in the project, all you have to do is join their Facebook group for models by clicking here.

Bottom's up!

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