To express interest in becoming a surface anatomy model please fill out the form below. We require the following information to gauge the audience reached and ensure we obtain diversity reflective of our population.
Surface Anatomy Models
WHAT IS SURFACE ANATOMY?
Displaying anatomical locations of internal body systems on the external surface of a human body. Please note that all images will be de-identified and your face won’t be shown in any of the published images.
WHY IS SURFACE ANATOMY IMPORTANT TO THE BEAUTY WITHIN MEDICINE TEAM?
Sadly, diversity is not celebrated nor emphasised enough during medical school in Australia. Surface anatomy is taught utilizing outdated resources which only include skinny, white males (and sometimes females). We are going to tear down these conservative medical walls and create inclusive, design-driven medical textbooks that will encourage health professionals to become comfortable with nudity, natural variety and understand that there is no ‘normal’.
Open any medical textbook or even google ‘surface anatomy’ and you will be hard pressed to find surface anatomy depicted on anyone other than a young slender healthy looking Anglo-Saxon cis male. You may be lucky and find a female but good luck finding any diversity beyond that!
As you can imagine, the transition from textbook learning to bedside practice can be a bit of a shock, particularly when junior doctors are not educated about examining and communicating with a wide variety of people. This can lead to poor interactions between patients and doctors. I believe that when this communication fails, the health system fails.
We are aiming to find a wide variety of people who are excited to shake things up in the medical world and help our current and future doctors be better equipped for future clinical interactions.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
We are seeking individuals who are open to discussing their relationship with nudity, particularly in a medical setting and who would feel comfortable having various parts of their body (without faces) professionally photographed while nude. Images will be de-identified and will only be used as indicated by the informed consent form that will be signed prior to shooting. A copy will be emailed upon request.
HOW WILL THE PHOTOS BE USED?
The photos will be used throughout the beauty within medicine textbook series. There will be up to 12 issues (approx. 120 pages) that will each focus on a body system. The information will be targeted at medical students. Each issue will contain information about anatomy, physiology and common conditions associated with that body system. Within the anatomy section, surface anatomy will be included. For example, the ‘beauty within: respiratory’ issue will include de-identified photographs of the front, back and side of the torso or upper body of someone consenting to assist with this project. Superimposed on the photographs will be drawings indicating the anatomical location of the lungs.
We will also be using the images to create a book called ‘STIGMA’ under the beauty within medicine umbrella. This will be a book targeted at educating medical and non-medical individuals about anatomical variation. Alongside photographs of each individual involved we would like to include answers from the ‘body chat’ interviews.
HOW LONG WILL I BE THERE FOR?
Photoshoot (approximately 20 minutes): Professionalism will be upheld throughout the photoshoot and by the standards outlined here. During the photoshoot, you will be requested to stand nude in a ‘standard anatomical position’ to obtain photographs of the body as a whole as well as focused images on each part. We will request to obtain close up photos of genitalia. We understand that this may be confronting for some and therefore can be declined during the shoot. The photoshoot can be ended at any time should you feel uncomfortable in any way.
Body chats (approximately 40 minutes): During this time, a member of the beauty within medicine team will sit down and ask you several standard questions which will be emailed to your prior. The purpose of this is to obtain a greater understanding of your relationship with your body, perception of other people bodies and experiences with non-sexualized nudity in general. We are quite interested in focusing particularly on interactions with health professionals (the good, the bad and the ugly!). For example, during sensitive examinations and how the examination could have been approached better.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PHOTOGRAPH GENITALIA?
beauty within medicine is dedicated to educating all individuals about anatomical variation with the aim to highlight that there is no ‘normal’, reduce stigma around body diversity and promote bodily autonomy. We all look different and so does our genitalia – people need to see it!
Thousands of people in Australia annually are getting female genital cosmetic surgery, with over one third being under the age of 25. The significant rise over recent years is due to a number of reasons, including a lack of understanding of genital variation that naturally exists, genital waxing which exposes underlying anatomy and the pornography industry who have selected to only film a certain type of vagina. Here are some relevant resources:
Labia library: http://www.labialibrary.org.au/
The Vuvla Gallery: https://www.thevulvagallery.com/
Female genital cosmetic surgery: A resource for general practitioners and other health professionals: https://www.racgp.org.au/FSDEDEV/media/documents/Clinical%20Resources/Guidelines/Female-genital-cosmetic-surgery-toolkit.pdf
Shamefully, parents of infants who are born with physical characteristics that do not align with current medical or social expectations of ‘female’ or ‘male’ genitalia, can be coerced into surgical intervention to ‘fix’ genitalia to look ‘normal’
Intersex Human Rights Australia: https://ihra.org.au/
These are the reasons why we want to draw back the curtain and stop censoring and filtering the natural diversity of the human body.
WILL I BE REIMBURSED FOR MY TIME?
We are a self-funded initiative with a focus on changing the way doctors think. If you feel that you also strongly believe in this project, individuals will have the option of donating their time in exchange for a copy of ‘STIGMA’ when it goes to print. STIGMA is one volume of the beauty within series that will focus solely on increasing awareness of the issue of diversity in medicine. While we see this at a ‘volunteer’ role, we will have the option for models to be reimbursed for their time & travel if they would prefer.
WHO IS PHOTOGRAPHING?
The wonderful Kate Shanasy who has a unique ability to make everyone feel comfortable in their own skin!
For more information about Kate, head to her website http://www.kateshanasy.com/
WHO WILL BE PRESENT DURING THE SESSION?
Kate Shanasy only will be present during photography. The individual being photographed is more than welcome to bring a chaperone if desired.
The beauty within medicine team will be holding the ‘body chat’ interviews at a separate location close by following the photoshoot.
WILL ANYONE KNOW THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE OF ME?
Apart from yourself and the photographer (and anyone who has seen you naked!), no one will be able to identify you. If you have identifying features that you would not like photographed or would like photo-shopped out (e.g. tattoos, distinctive piercings) please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate these requests.
We would very much like to credit everyone involved in the project who would like to be. This would include having your name in the general acknowledgements section. This can be declined if you would prefer to stay completely anonymous and separate from the project also.
SURFACE ANATOMY PHOTOSHOOT
The beauty within medicine team will ensure the following standards are upheld throughout the surface anatomy photoshoot:
A working environment that is comfortable, clean and temperature controlled. This environment will not be visible to anyone other than those in the photoshoot room.
A private changing room and a private unisex bathroom
One professional photographer will be present during the photoshoot only. Participants may also nominate a chaperone – this person can be a friend or someone from the beauty within medicine team
Only equipment provided by the professional photographer will be used to capture photos.
No photographs will be taken unless the informed consent form is signed. It is preferred that this is signed prior to the day of the photoshoot. This form can be found on the website and will be emailed to those expressing interest.
Photos will be taken over a 20-minute session. The majority of the photos will be taken with the individual in a standard anatomical position (standing comfortably).
Individuals may refuse to take any pose and elect to stop the photoshoot at anytime for any reason.
beauty within medicine is a self-funded initiative with a focus on changing the way doctors think. If you feel that you also strongly believe in this project, individuals will have the option of donating their time in exchange for a copy of ‘STIGMA’ when it goes to print. STIGMA is one volume of the beauty within series that will focus solely on increasing awareness of the issue of diversity in medicine.
While we see this at a ‘volunteer’ role, surface anatomy models will have the option to be reimbursed for their time & travel if they would prefer.