Not one for the faint-hearted, Girls Unawares creates surreal CGI imagery featuring nude bodies, disembodied genitalia and copious amounts of body hair. Created by Can Sezer, the cartoonish scenes act as a playful riposte to unrealistic and restrictive body ideals.
Girls Unawares primarily releases its content through platforms such as Tumblr and Instagram, where it joins the ongoing conversation surrounding body image, and more specifically, the growing backlash against media-spun body ideals. “You’ll find a huge movement where people are showing their bodies just the way they are,” Sezer explains, “you’ll find unshaved legs and armpits, cellulite, stretch marks and proper bellies. I think this is a great development. Our bodies aren’t wrong because they don’t look like the bodies in adverts.”
Sezer cites the hyper-sexualised, hairless bodies which dominate the porn industry as another source of inspiration for his work, which he argues present an equally dishonest portrayal of sex and body image. “Sex is not a job like it’s portrayed in porn movies,” he says, “where you have to fulfil the right workflow to get the perfect result”. By approaching the subject of sex through humour, Sezer hopes to encourage people “to stop taking genitals and sex too seriously. It’s natural and not forbidden or wrong. Anyway, don’t you think genitals look pretty funny?”