Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Female body builders, aren't they beautiful?


There's no room for slacking in the world of female bodybuilding as the women who posed for these incredible portraits show.
Dedication: Female bodybuilders train for years to build up the muscle definition required to compete in professional events
Dedication: Female bodybuilders train for years to build up the muscle definition required to compete in professional events

Fierce: Female bodybuilding was established in the late 1970s, the first time the women were judged solely on muscular definition
Fierce: Female bodybuilding was established in the late 1970s, the first time the women were judged solely on muscular definition

Muscling in on the action: Competitions are strictly regulated - with bikinis and dance routines being subject to national guidelines
Muscling in on the action: Competitions are strictly regulated - with bikinis and dance routines being subject to national guidelines

Defining beauty: The photographs of the group of international female body builders were taken by acclaimed celebrity photographer Martin Schoeller
Defining beauty: The photographs of the group of international female body builders were taken by acclaimed celebrity photographer Martin Schoeller

Extreme: Schoeller explained his series of portraits as 'trying to show the vulnerability behind a mask of extreme physical expression'Pecs appeal: Bodybuilders usually carry out a routine set to music where they strike poses to best show off their muscles - contestants are judged on symmetry, shape, proportion and muscle tone
Extreme: Schoeller explained his series of portraits as 'trying to show the vulnerability behind a mask of extreme physical expression'
Pecs appeal: Bodybuilders usually carry out a routine set to music where they strike poses to best show off their muscles - contestants are judged on symmetry, shape, proportion and muscle tone
Extreme: Schoeller explained his series of portraits as 'trying to show the vulnerability behind a mask of extreme physical expression'
Pecs appeal: Bodybuilders usually carry out a routine set to music where they strike poses to best show off their muscles - contestants are judged on symmetry, shape, proportion and muscle tone


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