Students offer their skins as canvas
Jungle-themed human art show hits Pacific during Love Your Body Week
Painted bodies were all the rage inside Tom Miles Theater Friday night, when more than 100 people showed up to celebrate the human body at Pacific University with a jungle-themed art show of a different stripe.
The Human Canvas Project in which student volunteers brought their bare-but-covered-in-color bodies onstage and shared stories about why they love the skin theyre in closed out the annual Love Your Body Week sponsored by Pacifics Center for Gender Equity.
I have been up to 280 pounds and lost that weight in an extreme manner, said senior Janelle Del Castillo. I am proud to say I have overcome my personal issues dealing with food and the negative thoughts in my head.
Michael Monahan, a competitive distance runner, said the he-man male body stereotype thats so pervasive in our culture made him self-conscious of his body, but with the help of my friends and other support groups Im past all that now.
Sophomore biology major Jacqline Rosa said she was the girl that was thick and curvy while growing up. Now I have learned to own it and I live to inspire women to own their bodies.
Love Your Body Week co-chairwoman Esbeida Ramos said activities ran March 31 to April 4, and promoted healthy body images and lifestyles.
Every year we have a week where each day is dedicated to the appreciation of the human body, said Ramos, a sophomore math major from Nampa, Idaho. The idea is to show that the human body is so beautiful and so powerful, regardless of shape, size or perceived imperfections.
Borrowing a Bare Necessities theme from the Disneys Jungle Book movie, 14 human canvases formed a tapestry showing everyone is part of a bigger picture, noted Ramos.
To preserve a modicum of modesty, students were required to wear underwear on their lower torsos, said Ramos, but bras were optional for females. The audience got to mingle with the canvases after their mini-speeches, she added.
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