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Mormon women bare more than just their testimonies

In July of 2013, Salt Lake City photographer Katrina Barker Anderson launched Mormon Women Bare, a website featuring nude portraits of Mormon women. Anderson, who has a degree in broadcast journalism from Brigham Young University, spoke to me recently about the project.

HW: What sort of attitudes about nudity did you grow up with?

KBA:  My mother is a painter; my father is a physician. So even as I grew up Mormon in small-town Ohio, I came from a background that normalized bodies from an artistic and medical point of view.  My parents never made a big deal if we happened to walk around the house naked—not that we were nudists, but we were comfortable in our bodies.

My mom always had art books in the house and as a kid I spent a lot of time looking at them.  Nudity in art was never an issue to me.  There was a difference between nudity that was meant to titillate and nudity that was a beautiful expression of the human form.

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