Thirty women join in photoshoot for empowerment

Hutt-based model Arelle Hug is hosting her empowerment photoshoot 'We Are Beautiful' this weekend in Upper Hutt.
Shonty Rogan

Hutt-based model Arelle Hug is hosting her empowerment photoshoot 'We Are Beautiful' this weekend in Upper Hutt.

Twenty-three-year-old model Arelle Hug has spent three years in front of the camera and now she's turning the lens around.

She has created a We Are Beautiful photoshoot to celebrate self-love and self-acceptance among women.

On May 21, Hug will take to the other side of the camera, coordinating photos of 30 random women of different ages, ethnicities and sizes.

"I wanted more than just modelling and looking pretty. I wanted to do something with the tools I had."

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Each woman will have two photos taken. The first one will be in whatever outfit she feels comfortable in.

"It can be a swimsuit, it can be a wedding dress."

The second one will be of each woman in black lingerie and all of them will come together for one group shot too.

Hug reached out to her list of around 600 Facebook friends, asking if anyone would be interested in becoming a model for a day, no experience necessary.

About 50 women responded, which was cut down to the final number of 30.

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The youngest taking part will be around 20 and the oldest 87. She had heard about the event through a friend of a friend, Hug said.

They will gather at a studio on Racecourse Rd in Upper Hutt and five hair and makeup artists have offered their time to do up each of the participants.

Hug said the connections she had made through modelling had put her in touch with the right people willing to help out with her empowerment event.

She will be stepping behind the camera, acting as one of the two photographers for the day.

The volunteer models will receive copies of their photos once the shoots are done and Hug would likely use group shots taken during the day to promote the event through her Facebook feed.

Sshe hoped to continue hosting events like this in the future.

 - Stuff

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