Image of Patricia Iglesias and Delfina Balda via Vogue.com
After going through some tests concerning her lady parts, artist Patricia Iglesias had a lightbulb go off. While reading Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex, she started to question the whole concept of being a woman and what that status means in society. “It made me confront a lot of essential issues that we face as women. It also made me reflect on the profound power of creation but then paradoxically, how we have been regarded as weak and as the second sex.” ,” Iglesias explained to Vogue.
Soon after these revelations, she went back to her studio and began painting abstract ovaries that resembled watercolor flowers. Enter friend and designer Delfina Balda, whom stopped by and saw the moving artwork spread throughout Iglesias’s space. Together, they chose to translate the paintings onto T-shirts, sell them on Balda’s website, and donate a percentage of the proceeds to Circle of Health International, a global women’s health initiative. Then boom, the Ovaries Project was created. Final word: Fashion for a cause, can’t go wrong. I’m also very big on empowering women, so why not support such a thoughtful project.
Image via Vogue.com