Monday, 8 February 2016

Guest Post - Rubens Rebels from Alternative Fashion Fest.

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to experience a fashion show with a difference that really inspired me. Alternative Fashion Fest embraces the unique beauty in everyone and I was blown away by the positivity and love I experienced at the event. Read all about my experience at Alternative Fashion Fest at 

Today, I'm introducing you to an amazing Positive Body Image Project which will take your breath away. Here I happily hand over to Jane Bellis, the creative force behind

Rubens Rebels

Positive Body Image Shoot

Alternative Fashion Fest is a project aimed at creating social change through the highly accessible fashion & music industry.

With shows touring the UK involving designers, dancers, performers and musicians and a whole mixed bag of models from alternative to mainstream, plus size to disabled and everything in between, we’re representing real people from all walks of life and celebrating our unique and beautiful differences.

In our latest part of the project we are focussing on positive body image and self esteem, inspired by Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens painted what he actually saw, reality rather than an enhancement of the truth, and for this he was shunned by his fellow artists.

Our photographer, Mansy wanted to show that not all art is a lie, not all images of beauty need to involve one style and be heavily edited, there is beauty in everyone regardless of size, shape, colour, age or lifestyle choice.

Alternative Fashion Fest aims to challenge beauty standards and represent a beautifully diverse mixture of people from all walks of life. In this image we see women aged between 23 and 43, sizes 8 – 22 from different backgrounds and with different lives. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and girlfriends and have chosen to be brave and come together to create this stunning image, to try and inspire others out there to see the beauty in everyone and show themselves a little kindness and self love,

The response so far has been overwhelming, from the social media frenzy to hugs and hi 5’s on the school run and husbands & partners proudly showing off their ladies bravery and beauty.
We plan to create a series of these images during 2016 and compile a large scale landscape full of the wonderful, strong, and beautiful ladies who take part.

What’s next? We want to focus on the boys and taboo issues relating to all the men out there. We will also be looking at social inclusion, mental health, bullying and gender fluidity in our campaign for social change so watch this space!


Creative Director
Alternative Fashion Fest


  1. I'm soglad I found out about Alternative Fashion Fest, I think you're doing amazing work. Thanks for appearing on our blog today.

  2. Loved this post! Great images, too!!!

    Hugs, Lola


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