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Natural Women Collection – a Photo Project

Canva is putting together a photo collection called the Natural Women Collection. It will celebrate women in their natural state, whatever that may be.

The collection will be available online and will be free for people to download.

What does this collection aim to do?

Canva wants this photo collection to challenge the status quo by portraying women in a positive and empowering light and show concepts that aren’t often seen in mainstream media. The collection will focus on women who are usually excluded from the media’s representation of natural beauty. The effect will be to challenge the status quo and make people sit up and take notice.

What are some examples?

There are many possible examples: a breast cancer survivor with mastectomy scars who is shown as beautiful; a woman who is blind and who is also a visual artist; a woman with a physical disability who is participating in a physically demanding sport; a woman with hair loss due to chemotherapy who is looking comfortable and at ease.

Is there an age limit?

Women need to be 18 years and above.

Who will take my photograph?

Your photograph will be taken by a professional photographer.

Who will own the rights to my photo?

Canva will own the rights to your photograph. However, people won’t need to pay to use your photograph, and they won’t need to credit the photographer or Canva.

What is Canva?

Canva is a graphic design website that was founded in 2012. You can learn more about Canva by visiting their website.

Will anyone earn money from my photograph?

No one will make money from the photograph as it will be free for people to download.

Will I receive any payment?

If you are photographed, you will receive a cash honorarium. You will also receive digital copies of the photographs that are taken for your personal portfolio.

How do I express interest?

You can express interest by emailing Elle at

This page was first published on 24 July 2018.

Feature photo: courtesy of Canva