Icelandic Women Speak Out On Body Images

Icelandic women photographed in warm natural pools in Iceland. Screenshot/

Icelandic women are finding ways to resist limited ideas of beauty in their everyday lives, starting with the example they’re setting, according to lifestyle website The website recently published an article on how Icelandic women feel about their bodies and the bodies of other women, illustrated with photos of Icelandic women taken in Iceland’s hot pools by Icelandic photographer Helga Nína Aas. Aas tells Refinery29 that, much like women in the U.S., Icelandic women deal with pressure from the media to look a certain way, with some women only happy with themselves if they have worked out vigorously, watched everything that they have eaten, and feeling like they’re at their peak. Fortunately, according to Aas, “Many of us choose to be inspired by women who respect their bodies and have a happy balance with family, work, spirituality, and health,” she says, the assignment being a great personal reminder to talk about herself respectfully, especially around her own daughter.

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