100 Naked Women Hold Mirrors Up to RNC to Protest Anti-Women Rhetoric

On Sunday, the day before the Republican National Convention (RNC) began, 100 naked women held up mirrors to the RNC-hosting Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland as a political statement against the anti-women rhetoric of the Republican party.

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The staged protest artwork by the artist Spencer Tunick, titled “Everything She Says Means Everything,” was meant to “express the belief that we will rely upon the strength, intuition and wisdom of progressive and enlightened women to find our place in nature and to regain the balance within it,” Tunick wrote. “The mirrors communicate that we are a reflection of ourselves, each other, and of, the world that surrounds us. The woman becomes the future and the future becomes the woman.”

Tunick, whose work often relies on large-scale human installations, has been planning this particular piece for three years. VICE reports: “Although [Tunick] says that the work was pegged to the defunding of Planned Parenthood, among other things, and that he ‘assumed anyone who ran would be a nut job,’ he adds that his work has taken on more meaning given how the race has panned out.”

One women who participated explained why she did in a statement:

The Huffington Post spoke to a Republican voter who participated in protest of Trump’s candidacy:

Another Republican voter who participated told Esquire that “Donald Trump has said so many outrageous, hateful, inflammatory things.”

A student who took part told the magazine that her participation was “less about Trump and more about creating positive energy around the RNC and to create light where there maybe isn’t as much.”

Just before Tunick was ready to take the photo, Esquire reported, the artist told the gathering of women: “The Republican party has given an excuse to hate. We have daughters and we want them to grow up in a society where they have equal rights for women. The sun is coming up. Now, when I say three, let’s get naked!”

Watch a short documentary about the photo shoot and protest here:

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