Over 400 women have volunteered to take part in Jamie McCartney's "Great Wall of Vagina" plaster of Paris artwork designed to put an end to women feeling shame about the way their vaginas look, The Independent reports.
McCartney says the vagina has become something that companies have begun shaming people for so they can make money off of them by telling the they need to have surgery to make it look better, saying, "I do believe that cosmetic surgery is a fairly unnecessary procedure, it's a psychological problem. There's a whole industry base set up to persuade women they're defective and to give them an answer." He says he gets letters almost daily from women wanting to volunteer or who have told him that his artwork has helped with the anxiety they had surrounding the appearance of their vaginas.
McCartney says he also has plans to do castings with one woman's vagina from every country in the world and a casting series with one vagina from every state in America. He's also hoping to find more "unusual" women, such as those who have undergone genital mutilation, so he can show all sorts of extremes and represent as many variations as possible.
His hope is that the project will help women of all ages (which is something that is desperately needed), since he says, "every generation is going to go through the same anxieties, every girl is going to think, 'Oh my god, what's wrong with me'."
Plus, The Great Wall of Vaginas is just a killer pun.
By Lane Moore
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