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My Friend Leonard Nimoy was a Fervent Feminist

An accomplished and respected lensman within the art world, he has taken several noted series of photographs, including pictures of obese, naked women, some of whom weighed 300 pounds. But his subjects weren’t hidden beneath layers of blankets or obscured by veils. The women—and Nimoy—celebrated their girth. Rejoiced in it. They looked straight into the camera, refusing to avert their eyes. The photos were bold and shocking in a culture that worships a size 2. That, in fact, was Nimoy’s goal: To challenge conventional notions of beauty. To make people think. To give these women the dignity they deserved.

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