5 Dec

Are you a big bottomed girl and do you love it? Then I need you!

Is your face covered in freckles or embraced by uncontrollable hair, and do you adore it? Then I need you!

Are you too skinny or too big according to current beauty standards, and do you not give a fuck about it? Then I surely need you!


Because people who wear themselves with pride, are beautiful people! And that’s exactly  what I want to express, together with fashion photographer Tomas Vandecasteele, in a artistic set of portraits.

We’re stepping away from fast, superficial beauty which we often encounter in our jobs, and we’re bringing it all back to what’s essential in life.

Or as Eric Berne once said:

“The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.”

More practically, we’re intending to create these series of 20 portraits from young, vibrant, pretty people (age between 16 and 30) who might have a ‘flaw’ or two, but don’t give a fuck. It’s a about the power and ‘joie de vivre’ they exude. These series will be shown in a large exhibition, and afterwards exposed in a magazine.

How to become one of our ‘models’?

Write me your personal story about self-acceptance.

Add two recent pictures of yourself (no nudity involved, thank you :-))

Send this to info@sabinepeeters.com

If we feel you fit the concept perfectly, you’ll be hearing from us really soon!

With lots of love,



11 Responses to “I.NEED.YOU”

  1. Lielie 06/12/2012 at 10:53 AM #

    Everything allowed but over 30 is too old ….. Well …. You are missing the goal of the “story about self-acceptance” and “power and ‘joie de vivre’”. Just for the record: over 30 can still be young and vibrant !

    • Sabine Peeters 06/12/2012 at 11:20 AM #

      I totally get your point, but let me explain myself:
      In my experience teenagers and twenty-someones have the most issues with themselves: They are embarrassed, get bullied and can’t look in the mirror. So I want to show them that it is ok to be yourself!

      People from over 30 have already arrived in that stage of life where they like themselves the way they are. Joie de vivre is more common. (I’m hitting 31 myself)

      My target is to raise awareness amongst all those insecure teenagers, because they need it the most. And I think they can relate to other teens and people in their twenties the most…. For them it is extra special to see other youngsters with a positive attitude towards themselves.

      So I hope you don’t feel offended, but I really want to do this for them….

      • 156cm 16/05/2013 at 9:28 PM #

        You are so right. I wish I could have read this when I was in my twenties. So right. So true. (For the record, I’m 37. )

  2. Tine Van den Poel 09/12/2012 at 2:42 PM #

    Brilliant concept and I really get that you aim at young people. My younger sisters are identical twins and both as beautiful yet one of them believes that she is the ugly duckling of the two. I think the media have a bad influence on her already low self image. Campaigns like this expose that everybody is beautiful in their own way. It is a pity these projects are necessary because nowadays we worship computerized people (even the Victoria Secret models are photoshopped) rather than people who are beautiful because of the great deeds they do.

  3. Sabine Peeters 01/05/2013 at 10:45 PM #

    Reblogged this on Life is like a box of make-up.

  4. Anonymous 02/05/2013 at 2:23 PM #

    I find it very ironic that you want to enhance women’s self-image by showing that everybody is beautiful in their own way and yet feel the need to establish that they have ‘flaws’.
    I get the aim of your project, but ultimately, you are still thinking inside the box of current beauty standards by branding your models as ‘different’. In the end, your message is that these women are beautiful ‘in spite of’ or even ‘because of’ their so-called flaws, while the message should be that they are beautiful. Period.

    • Sabine Peeters 02/05/2013 at 2:45 PM #

      Hi Julie,
      I do get your point on this one.

      We ARE all different, that’s what it this about. And we should be able to recognize this and enhaunce it. At a certain age girls and boys want to be the same as all their friends, which is impossible and brings them down. The word’ different’ is not a term of abuse. So we should not ignore this concept.
      I specifically make jokes in my post about the term ‘flaw’, because I know that this is a weird word created by society. I try to take it not too seriously, because people should not take themselves too seriously.

      I’m just trying to do a good thing here, and give confident young people a platform to express this and give them a chance to show other youngsters that you don’t have to be topmodel-like to be beautiful.

      My words might not always come across that way, but I do mean it well.

  5. Celine 02/05/2013 at 4:48 PM #

    Echt een leuk idee! Jammer genoeg ben ik 2 jaar te jong maar ik kijk toch uit naar de resultaten! 😉 x

  6. Valérie (@glamour2go) 16/05/2013 at 10:00 PM #

    Ik vind het vooral spijtig dat veel commenters meteen een negatief kantje zien aan deze oproep… Zou het niet makkelijker zijn als we allemaal wat positiever in het leven stonden en ons meer concentreerden op het positieve ipv. het negatieve?
    Sabine, keep up the good work. Ik zou me meteen inschrijven moest ik niet zo camera-shy zijn, want ik heb een dikke kont om U tegen ze zeggen 😉

  7. Absolutely Mrs. K (@AbsolutelyMrsK) 17/05/2013 at 9:42 AM #

    lang gedacht om te reageren, maar doe het toch! Ik ben 151cm en daar heb ik eigenlijk nooit een probleem mee gehad. Maar ik was nooit de queen bee, geen probleem ware het niet dat mijn vriendinnen wel queen bees waren. Ik viel dus een beetje uit de toon en was altijd het aanspreekpunt voor geïnteresseerde boys. ik was een soort ‘the nurse’ achtig iemand zoals in romeo and juliet. Vele vele vele vele jaren later heb ik gemerkt dat er andere standaarden gelden. in je tienerjaren was je ofwel lelijk ofwel mooi (yep zo hard zijn tieners). Nu gaat het meer over ‘een relatieve waarde’: die ziet er nog goed uit voor haar leeftijd. Je vergelijkt jezelf met je leeftijdsgenoten, het gaat niet over mooi of lelijk. meer over: je figuur, je aantal rimpels, je huid, je haar, enz. …

    Wat ik wil zeggen is ook al ben ik 34, ik worstel nog steeds met dezelfde onzekerheden! alleen zal mijn sociale leven hier niet meer door bepaald worden. Ik kijk elke ochtend in de spiegel en dan denk ik fuck, ik kan de tijd niet meer tegenhouden. Het rare is dat ik mij ongelooflijk fantastisch voel en zeer gelukkig ben maar dat ik niet besefte hoe gaaf mijn huidje wel was 15 jaar geleden. plastische chirurgie to the rescue, enfin iets te drastisch uitgedrukt! ik gebruik botox, fillers en laser! Ik word er niet mooier van, maar probeer wel het verouderingsproces te vertragen.

    Fantastisch idee sabine en ik hoop eigenlijk dat dit project zal groeien waardoor er ook andere leeflijdscategorieën en andere issues in beeld gebracht worden. ik vind het een fantastisch idee en hoop echt echt echt dat dit een lang lang verhaal wordt…

    • Sabine Peeters 21/05/2013 at 10:32 PM #

      Hey Kim,

      Duizend keer merci voor je openhartige post! Het zou inderdaad fantastisch zijn mocht het project een lange staart krijgen… k Vind jullie steun in elk geval ongelooflijk hartverwarmend… Zo ook jullie vertrouwen… Dikke zoen, xxx

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