Is there an ideal American beauty? Does that iconic rose petal scene in the film come to mind? It’s a compelling argument — a young, skinny, blond woman suggestively lying atop a bed of rose petals, her intimate parts strategically obscured by more red petals.
But photographer Carey Fruth begs to differ. Fruth was inspired by a racy scene from the 1999 movie of the same name in which Kevin Spacey fantasized about one of his daughter’s friends, and launched an ongoing photo project called ‘American Beauty.’ Photographer has set out to redefine what ‘American beauty’ is with a photo series of the same name that has women of all body types posing in romantic beds of flower petals.
“By stepping into a fantasy dream girl world and by letting go of that fear, they free themselves up to direct that energy they once wasted on telling themselves that they weren’t good enough to elsewhere in their life,” Fruth told Huffpost.
Carey Lynne is a San Francisco based artist and photographer. She currently works at Shameless Photography creating body positive pin up, retro boudoir and old Hollywood inspired imagery. Carey’s personal work mainly revolves around abandonment, decay, destruction, and solitude.