Wednesday, 10 December 2014


These pictures are taken by the Brazilian photographer Andre Arruda, who was born in 1967 and lives in Rio de Janeiro. The project «Fortia Femina», which means "strong woman" is a kind of study on the muscular body of a woman. In the general sense of the word bodybuilding - it's just a sport in which the muscles pumped up hypertrophied size only to demonstrate their rather than to achieve results in the Olympics or other high-intensity sports. Bodybuilding official discipline recognized only in 1940, it was originally exclusively male sport. Only since the late 70s of the 20th century women in the west began to seriously engage in bodybuilding to improve their status.
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1) Filipe Abro, a columnist for the site Arte, dedicated to the art, believes that this project reveals the essence of these women from two sides: strong and weak. Photo: Flavia Luzada.

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2) In the photo - Alessandra Toribio

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3) However, female athletes are faced with a paradox throughout his life: they are constantly evaluate the results of their work in the mirror, but the prejudice of society prevents them to feel like a real woman. They are very different from the usual female character - delicate and fragile, so they are considered too masculine.

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5) In this photo shoot photographer was not trying to show the strength bodibildersh and allowed to reveal their femininity, which makes this exhibition completeness.

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6) Andre Arruda started working on this project in 2004, inspired by watching the competition bodybuilders. Then he still had no idea about female bodybuilding .

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7) In the photo - Dean Zardos

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8) In the photo -Klaudia Francis

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9) Andre said that the bodies of these women come to life like sculptures, bathed in bright sunlight.

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10) The photo - Alessandra Toribio.

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11) In Brazil, bodybuilding believe sport beyond the limits of decency. Bodybuilders have no support from the sponsors, and they have to make a living coaching.

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12) No company in Brazil did not consider it necessary to participate in the project or to help with the publication of books and organization of the exhibition.

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13) The photo - Stella Campos.

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14) The organizers had to listen to many unpleasant remarks in his address on the occasion of the project.

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15) The photo - Monique Venturini.

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16) During the next exhibition Andre Arruda even received several threatening letters and criticism of his work.

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17) The photo - Ana Claudia Macedo.

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