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'When your body changes you can either fight it or welcome it.
Either way, it won't change the fact that it is there.''The main reason I chose to participate in the project was to show myself that my physical body didn't have to be an obstacle to me living a life I love,' Ms Athena-Marie said.
Ms Athena-Marie credits her miraculous weight loss to a 'return to emotional health' she experienced after moving to Colorado to 'be closer to nature' following her divorce. Following her divorce, Ms Athena-Marie moved to Colorado, where she lost 100 pounds without even altering her exercise and diet.
The lumps frequently result in lesions and scarring, making her decision to bare it all that much more significant. It was such a beautiful sunny day - and yes I was so sunburnt afterwards,' she said.
'I have a deep connection with land, animals, trees and water so I felt honored to share my body with the elements in such a natural way.''I have lived with those scars for many years now that I don't remember any different,' she said.
Stephanie Athena-Marie, 29, of Crestone, Colorado, allowed photographer Beth Sanders to shoot her as part of journalist Shannon Bradley-Colleary's Love Your Body Now: Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes series.
She also received life-coach services from Marlene Zaleznick as part of the project.
'So many people, men and women, are afraid of their bodies.