College Student’s Powerful Portrait Series Features Donald Trump’s Offensive Comments About Women, Written on the Female Body (NSFW)

Aria Watson

Aria Watson is a freshman at Clatsop Community College, in the small coastal town of Warrenton, Oregon. She recently created a powerful portrait series for her final project in her Introduction to Photography class, which has now captured people’s attention around the world.

Aria Watson

The project features nude portraits of women painted with Donald Trump’s most awful and offensive comments about women.

Watson recently spoke with MarieClaire.com and explained she was never really involved with politics. But for this election, she did her best to keep up with Trump, who was known for his many infamously derogatory statements about women during his campaign.

Aria Watson

“Like many other Americans, at first I thought the campaign was a joke,” Watson says. “I couldn’t believe [Trump] was running for president! I don’t think anyone knew he was going to win.”

Watson started her project before Trump won the election. But after his win was announced, she decided to continue the project in an effort to make her voice heard—considering she was two weeks shy of being able to vote.

Aria Watson

“As a proud feminist, hearing Trump say ‘grab them by the pussy’ and talk about how he could do anything he wanted made me absolutely sick. Women are not objects,” Watson says.” The fact that he has said this, and other things like this, but still won is what scares me. I’m afraid that words, and even actions, like this will become a social norm.”

The project itself wasn’t easy to pull off. “I had such a difficult time finding people who were willing to model for me,” she says. “Not only is it hard for people to strip down in front of someone and let them paint on their body, but it’s hard for a lot of people to be open about their political opinions.”

Aria Watson
Aria Watson

“I never would have thought that my project would have such a strong impact on so many people,” she says. “To everyone who has supported me and “#SignedByTrump,” don’t let anyone silence you. Don’t be afraid to speak up about what you are passionate about.”

Aria Watson

Best part? Watson has now partnered with The Outrage to create a collection of merchandise where people can purchase post cards and clothing of her work. Fifteen percent of the profits will be donated to ACLU in Donald Trump’s name.

[via Marie Claire]

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