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Lavender project is a self-liberating self-photography project about femininity and body hair. It questions what makes a female body feminine and why is body hair that naturally grows on mature human bodies seen as not normal.
This project was created in the summer of 2019 and consists of Esther Calixte-Bea , the artist, that created a lavender coloured dress with two sides; one that shows her chest hair and the other hides it. The artist took pictures of herself at the Parc de la Cité, a parc located in the southshore, and posted the images on her instagram account @queen_esie with texts and her poetry.
Her project has received numerous positive criticism and was featured on a feminist instagram account @curated_by_girls including their website, in the LINK newspaper including their website, CBC Radio Canada on the radio show Let's Go with Sabrina Marandola with an article based on the interview. She has also been invited on shows like Denis Lévesque on TVA Nouvelles and Studio Direct on TVRS. Including being featured in THE SUN and GLAMOUK UK on the subject of Januhairy. She also appeared in GLAMOUR UK's Self Love Issue in February as well as in Yiara and L'Organe magazines
January's Self-Love Issue 2021
Esther Calixte-Bea's picture was featured in an article in Glamour UK back in January 2020 about JanuHairy; the body hair movement in England. Later, she was contacted by Glamour UK to talk about her Lavender Project which was featured in the Self-Love Issue back in February 2020.
For January 2021, she became one of Glamour UK's Covergirls for the Self-Love Issue of the new year. The cover was self-shot therefore Esther took her camera, tripod, and made two outfits and shot pictures in the comfort of her home.
She became the first woman with chest hair on the cover of an International Magazine. Her outfits carefully displayed her chest and leg hair while keeping her famous motto in mind "Power: We wear our body hair with class", from her Lavender Project.
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