Lift

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I joined the gym over the summer and found myself fascinated by the toned women who work out in the weights section. I felt inspired and wanted to do a documentary project that focused on these strong and dedicated women.

Through online research I found out about powerlifting and weightlifting competitions. I had never experienced these sports before and found myself enamored by the tightknit communities. For these women, lifting is their lives.

I formed connections with the women who competed and was invited to witness and photograph their training sessions. Inspired by the Instagram hashtag, #strongnotskinny, these photographs challenge the modern perception of beauty and femininity and aim to expose the audience to a sporting world where the number of females participating is growing exponentially.

See more from Sonnenthal on her Website and Instagram.