Artist Writes Trump Quotes On Female Bodies In This Powerful Photo Series

Just because the campaign and election are over doesn't mean we've forgotten about Donald Trump's offensive language. Eighteen-year-old Aria Watson, a student, activist, and YouTube vlogger living in Oregon, hadn't really been interested in politics until this year.

Now more than ever, she wants to raise awareness in America to show people who they've really voted for.

© Aria Watson.

(Photo: © Aria Watson)

When she learned that Trump had won the election, her "heart shattered," Aria explained to Buzzfeed

"Kids are going to grow up and look up to this man for the next four years. We can’t have a leader who says such horrible things about women."

Of all of the shocking things Trump said during his campaign, his misogynist remarks, which he uttered many times, were what upset her the most.

#SignedByTrump

Aria was two weeks too young to vote in this year's election. So for a school project in her photography class, she got the idea to create a series that could have a political impact on social media using the hashtag #SignedByTrump.

She wanted to use her photography to express herself politically. The results are powerful: in the series, we see nude female bodies of all shapes and sizes with Trump's words written on them in black and red.

Her photos were initially removed from Facebook and Instagram when she posted them, likely due to the nudity. She then turned to Tumblr, and her images went viral, generating approximately 50,000 responses per day, and later 100,000 per day.

In her interview with Buzzfeed, Aria explained that while one of the models is Latina, she would have liked to include more women of color. However, she lives in such a small town, the majority of people there are white.

"The only other women of color I knew weren’t 18 yet, but if they were, I would have asked them to model for me."

She also noted that the models have been kept anonymous to allow the viewer to picture them however they like. The models in the series are Aria's friends and family, and one photo is a self-portrait.

The series is a poignant condemnation of the politicians misogynist remarks, with some of the words marked in bright red to symbolize the verbal abuse done to these undressed and unarmed bodies.

"I’m scared that the way he speaks about women – this sexism and misogyny – will end up becoming a social norm."

With these portraits circulating, Aria's hope is that at least one person will be moved by her work.

"I know most people are set on their opinions about Trump, but I just hope one person sees ‘#SignedByTrump’ and it opens their eyes."

© Aria Watson.

(Photo: © Aria Watson)

© Aria Watson.

(Photo: © Aria Watson)

© Aria Watson.

(Photo: © Aria Watson)

© Aria Watson.

(Photo: © Aria Watson)

© Aria Watson.

(Photo: © Aria Watson)

© Aria Watson.

(Photo: © Aria Watson)

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