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• Maud Fernhout took photos of women laughing out loud for a photo series she calls “What Real Woman Laugh Like.”
• She wanted to show women laughing naturally as opposed to stiff smiles often seen on models.
• She hopes to encourage women not to hold back or be embarrassed of their laugh.
Maud Fernhout wants women to laugh. Not just giggle quietly, or chuckle with their hands over their mouth. She wants full-bodied, scrunchy-faced expressions of joy.
An anthropology and psychology major at University College Utrecht, she’s found that a lot of women are embarassed of what they look or sound like when they find something hilarious.
In her photo series called “What Real Women Laugh Like,” Fernhout put her photography skills to work to combat the stigma and celebrate how women look when they’re not thinking about how they look at all.
She'd been doing photography work for about a year when she started thinking about topics tied into social issues that she wanted to tackle.
'A true feminist at heart, the one-dimensional and objectified portrayal of women in media came to mind pretty quick,' she said.
Fernhout decided to photograph women laughing out loud naturally 'to oppose the stiff, emotionless look we often see on models with one full of character and individuality.'
'Then I'd just talk with them and laugh with them naturally or put some weird Youtube videos on,' she said.
This leads women to suppress their laughter or cover their faces with their hands, something she says men don't do as often.
'Just picture your brother, dad, or any other male figure in your life, laughing loudly with their hands in front of their faces,' she said.
'I feel there is a discrepancy when girls are simultaneously told to smile, but not laugh,' she said.
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