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Frances Cannon’s gorgeous, inclusive Instagram will cure your beach body blues

Beach season can be fraught with messaging about our bodies. Fashion magazine covers scream competing imperatives. Dare to go bare! 7 days to your best bikini body! Rock your curves! and The best suits for your shape! Peruse a few on your way to the shore and you might arrive in a full-blown state of panic.

But over on Instagram, Frances Cannons illustrations of nude and nearly-nude women are imbued with serenity and strength all year round.

The Melbourne-based artist creates large and delicate figures with lines that invite and soothe. The messaging is gentlebut invigorating. You already matter, the portraits seem to whisper, and Cannon wants you to know it.

Maybe I am everything I have ever wanted.

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🌈 10% off prints over the weekend ~ just type in the code "weekend" at checkout 🌈

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Sale still on on my store when you put in the discount code 'nice' for 20% off 🌸 This is one of my currant faves

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According to Cannon, her art is largely self-referential. Cannon told the Daily Dot, Most of my work is self-portraiture and based on personal emotions and events in my lifethat’s why most of the drawings look like me.

Incredible shot by @35jfmm from our beautiful day by the lake πŸ’¦πŸ‰πŸŒΏ

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One with nature, one with myself.

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Embrace your magic 🌊

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Remember that you're entitled to TAKE UP SPACE.

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But look closer and youll find that Cannons art is radically inclusive. Cannon creates celebratory and reverent portraits of everyone from women of color, to trans women, to women with disabilities.

I like to include as much diversity as I can, said Cannon. Representation is so important.

Give POC and WOC the credit they deserve!!!!

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Magic

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Powerful, graceful, and real.

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Dreamer and fighter πŸ’₯

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πŸ’›βœ¨FUCKING FULL OF POWER AND PROMISE βœ¨πŸ’›

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The result is a feed that is both comforting and thrilling.

Cannon addresses taboo topics such as body hair.

As well as masturbation.

Making myself happy πŸ¦‹

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And grief and mental health struggles.

Sending love to everyone in Manchester 🌻

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Basically

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The 'Overcome' print is available on my shop to remind you that you CAN move forward.

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Cannons illustrations are never didactic, but she doesnt shy away from the political. On International Womens Day, Cannon offered her followers a gorgeous inclusive portrait of women.

This favourite is also available as a print! Link to my store is in my bio πŸ’‹

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And when the rights of trans kids came under attack earlier this spring, Cannon created portraits advocating for their protection.

I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE WHO I AM. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HAPPY. #protecttranskids

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When I grow up, I want to be MYSELF. #protecttranskids

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Of course, like many women on the internet, Cannon has encountered her share of trolls. people are mean. But that shouldn’t surprise me… being online and having a large following means that you are more likely to encounter trolls. And trolls suck.

But Cannon doesnt let the trolls get her down, choosing to focus instead on her incredible followers and supporters. She added, I love the people that interact with my work on a daily basis. There are some people that have been following and supporting my work for years and they are so special to me! I rely on them heavily.

And its no wonder Cannon has amassed over 100,000 followers. Its near impossible to scroll through her messages of confidence, sisterhood, and support, and not feel just a little more at peace with the world.

An old favourite πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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My body, my fucking rules.

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I can empower myself without disempowering other women.

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Support each other 🌷

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Cannon also designs custom tattoos.

And offers prints of her work for sale in her online store.

NEW PRINTS are on my store now, including this one!!!

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Cannon also uses her message of power and hope to support charitable causes, like this print she auctioned off last January at a love trumps hate benefit.

This work is off to America to be included in the auction for @abenefit4change 😘

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But perhaps whats most inspiring about Canons work is her candid honesty about moments of discomfort. Canon neither elevates her sadness nor denies her happiness in moments of celebration. She simply makes room for both.

Following a November art showing of honors students (Cannon graduated with honors last year from RMIT University), she posted a smiling portrait of herself with her work and wrote, It’s been a rough year for many reasons. For me, my anxiety was the worst it’s been (particularly midway through the year). But we all came out with such beautiful strong work, despite the difficulties that life threw at us. Congrats everyone!

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/frances-cannons-body-positivity/

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