One of the Huffington Post's "11 Things That Helped People Everywhere Love Their Bodies In 2014"


In Spring of 2014, a few teammates and I sat down and had a talk about the positive body image culture that is so prevalent in the sport of rugby. One of them was writing an article for the Harvard Political Review and wanted visual images to accompany the text. I and another teammate brainstormed a few ideas and out of this initial meeting came the idea for Rugged Grace. Initially we only intended to use a few images for the article, but there were too many that we wanted to keep so we decided to put the rest on the tumblr page. The support that was immediately shown to the campaign really speaks to the void of positive and strong female body messages in the visual United States today.

Selected Press:

Glamour Magazine

Huffington Post




Good Morning America

Refinery 29

BDC Wire

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