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In the words of the photographer: "This first paint and shoot explores the issue of body image and beauty standards.
While an "art model" or "alternative model" does not have to meet a particular and rigid height/weight/measurement standard in the way that a fashion model does, this in no way lessens the societal pressure for her as a woman to conform to an "ideal" standard of beauty and body shape.

Here, Conundra's painted corset, authentic to a vintage 1810 design, and containing about 8 hours of airbrushing and hand painting work by Lisa of Battledress), shows what her body "should" look like according to one set of standards.
Her true body shape is blacked out beyond the bounds of the corset, yet visible to show the contrast between the "ideal" and her natural, real, and very beautiful figure."

Conundra's Note:
For an idea of the kind of contrast in dimensions you're looking at, natural waist is about 28.5".
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Given 2008-07-31
1810 - Beauty in Inches II by *Battledress "The level of detail is spectacular, the illusion of physical dimension and reality to the painted corset is beyond belief, and the concept behind the project, of showing the insanity of "what a woman should look like" by an artificial beauty standard is :devbattledress: as well." ( Suggested by wynnesome and Featured by just-an-artist )
:icondaddyhoggy:
DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
An amazing idea - beautifully implemented and photographed. Congratulations to all concerned.
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthesuper:
thesuper Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Artist
Insane. Kudos to the model for having that much patience. Excellent detail and color.
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:iconimpish777:
impish777 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
What a stunning image!
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:icontbascom:
TBascom Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
love the talent in doing this kind of art.
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
I had to time my breathing with the model in order to paint the details.... sometimes more lunacy than talent is involved!
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:icontbascom:
TBascom Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
cool
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:iconn9eil:
N9eil Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
The impressive part to me other than the bright coloring, was the shadowing the sides of the corset...
I am no judge but for sure now i am the fan of the artist...
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
We really wanted the "black out" to emphasis how much a normal body would be distorted to attain a societal standard of beauty in that era.
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:iconn9eil:
N9eil Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks to you.
Cause i got the oppertunity to feast my eyes with such a masterpiece for free....Waiting for the next one.
Best of luck!!!
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:iconlouisl41:
LouisL41 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Absolutely awesome!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconsoulfest19:
soulfest19 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Nive
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconakashagossow:
AkashaGossow Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
pretty!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:icongrim-grinning:
Grim-Grinning Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful ♥ I can't believe that the corset is just airbrushed on! It looks like she's really wearing one *o*
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you.
There's both airbrush and hand painting.
I love working with details!
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:icongrim-grinning:
Grim-Grinning Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome c: I still think it's absolutely incredible *o*
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:icondeathsextinction:
DeathsExtinction Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally, her natural curves look more ideal.
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
That would be the point we were trying to make.... there is nothing "wrong" with her in the first place.
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:icondeathsextinction:
DeathsExtinction Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly.
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Beautiful work!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Any time! :aww:
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:iconskidly:
Skidly Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Amazing and inspiring! Wow!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconannajordanart:
annajordanart Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Just to let you know that I have featured this in a Body Art related article with the topic of 'Corsets'. You can find the article here =]

Hope you are well!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkamisake001:
kamisake001 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
wow love it
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconatneedlepoint:
atNeedlePoint Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   General Artist
finally i found it :D i saw this picture forever ago on deviant art and favourited it on another account which i deleted and i have been looking for it to fav again :P

i love it, it is amazing, it looks so real that the first time i saw it i couldnt believe it was not a real corset, well done:D
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad to have crossed your path again!
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:iconatneedlepoint:
atNeedlePoint Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   General Artist
:)
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:iconsodiumvapor:
SodiumVapor Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that is so cool
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconwisahkecahk:
wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!!!!
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:iconungranviaje:
ungranviaje Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Awesome job!!!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconeisenaugen:
eisenaugen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
oh wow ... sensual
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconpetrino:
petrino Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow :O
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconpetrino:
petrino Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for what?
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:icongirppat:
girppat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
that is cool superbe work!!!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmrschultz:
MrSchultz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Very well made, and a very good idea to show the discrepancy between what some perceive as ideal and reality. I usually prefer reality over fiction ;-). good work !
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much.
Yes, it is very rewarding to use art to skewer convention.
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:iconshmelanna:
Shmelanna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student
the addition of lace and the illusion of the corset tapering is really nicely pulled off here
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
I like incorporating a real item - something to just really "sell" the overall image.
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