Imagine a golden sparkly caravan covered in golden torsos of
women of all shapes and sizes. The front of the caravan is the home
to a mermaid-like golden bust of a woman. When the door opens
golden glitter blows into the town. The Golden Shield Maidens have
Hi...I'm Mandi Lynn, New Zealand's 2017 Creative Photographer of
the Year, and I head this merry band of social artivists who
started the #Everybodyisatreasure project.
It Started at the Kitchen Bench
So the story begins with a golden bath bomb and some
cider. We were enjoying ourselves making bathbombs for Christmas
presents when I became fascinated with the sparkles of the mica on
my hands. I got the crazy idea of mixing the golden mica with
bentonite clay and covering myself and some friends and
photographing our torsos. The result was playful, inspiring, and it
started a trend in our region. We challenged our other friends to
join us and pretty soon there was a waiting list of over 100 women
volunteering to get their kit off and gild their torsos.
Comfort Zones Pushed
It was challenging and confronting for some women and liberating
and inspiring for some. But everyone who came in contact with the
project was asked to stop and at least consider the relationship
she had with her body. And then we asked the question...what would
be different in your life if you treated your body as your best
The Golden Shield Maidens
The women we have photographed so far range in size from a size
6 to a size 30 and age 18 - 78. We have two-breasted women, and
one-breasted women, women with lumps, and women with scars, women
with rolls, and women with flat chests and "boy bodies"...their
words not mine. Some women really struggled with their relationship
with their body. Some of them were finally embracing all that they
were and accepting their perfect "imperfections".
We Made Award-Winning Art
The image we created ironically ended up winning a coveted Gold
award at the National Professional Photography Awards in June 2017.
People came up to me at the awards and said that seeing this image
had changed the way they viewed their own body. The exhibition of
the image was spreading the intended seeds of self love to the
people that were seeing it.
I Smell a Road Trip
But there is much more of a story to tell with this project. So
what if....what if we took this project on the road and out of just
the Wellington region? Could we start a Mojolution? A revolution
where women begin to treat their body as the treasure that it is?
We could reduce the amount of time and energy being wasted on
worrying about lumpy butts and instead free up energy for creating
more kindness and creativity in the world.
Our plan is to create a limited edition book that celebrates the
diversity of bodies in New Zealand, not just the genetic 1-2%
featured in the mainstream media. A book that can be displayed to
give society a reality check on the human female form...one that
isn't informed by photoshopped magazine ads, carefully curated
social media, or porn.
So what do we need to make this happen?
We want to do these free of charge for people, so we are looking
for some help to offset the costs of shutting our photography
studio down for two months to do this project.
We have friends all over New Zealand so between our van and a
tent, accommodation costs will be light and we will shoulder that
ourselves. It is a smell of an oily rag sort of adventure and we
would love for you to come along with us in spirit.
Our Boosted Goal: $3000 = North Island with 6 stops (your
generous donations will help to cover venue hire and transport
Our You-Are-Super-Generous Goal: $4200 = we swap islands
and start on the South Island (additional funds raised will help to
cover ferry costs). We are based in Welly so doing the South Island
first would make sense because it is easier to then do the North
Island later from our base.
Our Dream Goals: If all you wonderful people can help us to
raise $7200, we can travel around both the North and South Island.
Raising $13,000 will enable a cinematographer to join us to shoot a
documentary (don't worry we will only feature people who want to be
seen in the documentary...the project itself is completely
How you can help...
Step One: If you feel it and can spare it,
you could donate something towards petrol costs. For your money you
might get to see golden boobs driving around this summer spreading
glittery self treasuring vibes in their wake. It will be like a
unicorn, only golden and in the form of a vintage caravan and a
well-used people mover.
Step Two: Like us on facebook @mojomidwifery and/or instagram @themojomidwife
Step Three: If you are feeling brave
enough... become a Golden Shield Maiden yourself and feature in the
book we are making. You will need to drop your normal life for a
few hours in an evening and come and get gilded and let your true
soul colours shine (the shoot is anonymous...no faces just torsos
so if you are gunning for prime minister or something like that you
can still get away with it). You can get on the waiting list for
your area here: http://themojomidwife.com/everybodyisatreasure/
That's it. You are awesome just as you are. Not 10kg from now, not
just when you had less wrinkles or grey hair...but right now in
your epic brilliance that is you in this perfectly imperfect moment
in time. You are a treasure. And I hope to meet you on our
P.S If you know of anyone at Interislander or Bluebridge make sure
you stick this under their nose to see if either of them will let
us hitch a ride and sponsor the project!
3 days left to help us get to the South Island as well!
4 MONTHS AGO
We need an extra $1200.00 to cover the ferry costs - please
spread the word!
We can't leave out the SOUTH!
4 MONTHS AGO
Help us cover the cost to bring the Caravan down to the South
Island and spread our body positive message down there too.
We have already applied for grants for the ferries but we will not
know the outcome for a while, so let's try and raise the $1200 to
get us across.
If we do get the ferry grants then the $1200 will go towards the
cost of having a film maker join us for part of the
Our big goal is to make a short film and webseries about our body
positive adventures as we create the Great New Zealand Treasure
100% funded for North Island leg!
4 MONTHS AGO
We did it!!!! Thank you so much to everyone that donated to get
us on the road. A wave of free body positive courses are set
to be taught all over the North Island!