In a world where plus-size women are too often pressured to cover up, one photographer is doing what she can to make them shine bright. In a project called “Metallic Curves,” photographer Silvana Denker covered models in gold and silver paint to highlight the beauty in every kind of body.
The project is personal—Denker, a plus-size model, battled an eating disorder and struggled with her self-worth for years. By posing the models like sculptures, she’s reminding us that these bodies are beautiful and worthy of love (and self-love). Denker hopes her photos help women who have dealt with the same things she did.
Take a look at some of the dazzling photos below, and check out the full series on Denker’s Facebook.