Illusions of the Body is a compelling photo series that perfectly illustrates the power of a pose. It is comprised of images that juxtapose an unflattering nude pose with a flattering one. With just a few small adjustments, a person can become instantly alluring whatever their body shape may be. At the very core of the series is the matter of confidence.
Shot by Gracie Hagen, a photographer based in Chicago, Illinois, the Illusions of the Body photo series does promote a sort of formula to flattering poses. Straight backs, pulled-back shoulders and demure expressions are much more attractive that colder looks, hunched backs and pushed-out stomachs. The American artist believes that this contrast "would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have." It sure would.