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Beautiful by Kamden Beautiful by Kamden
This piece is about loving your body image, no matter what "flaws" the material world thinks there are.

When coming up with this concept, I first thought of drawing just Sakura, because I needed to work on my own insecurities, and Sakura and I share forehead insecurities. Growing up, I refused to pull my hair back into a ponytail until I was 16 (when my volleyball team coaxed me into it) because I thought my large forehead made me look horrendous. Even still, I would look at the mirror and my eyes instantly pinpoint my forehead. So, yes Sakura haters, it is a real insecurity, as much as you like to bash it.

Then, I decided to draw Hinata and Ino as well, because I've been dying to draw the two of them as of late. :D

I know what you're thinking: "What? Why did you draw them? They are beautiful! Doesn't that defeat your message?" And it may for some people. However, I chose to draw these girls because they (particularly Sakura and Hinata) receive a LOT of fandom hate, and good amount of the insults thrown at them is about their appearances. Ino's part was harder to do, because most of the trash talk she receives is about her being a "slut."

If we all struggle with our body image, why do we tear down others' images?

In case you can't read the statements on the ribbons:
Sakura:
"My forehead is beautiful"
"My hair is unique but lovely"
"'Small' breasts are sexy too"
"Yes, I do have hips and womanly curves"
Hinata:
"My hair is beautiful"
"My eyes are not weird"
"My breasts should not be objectified"
"I am not fat, nor should weight matter"
"Wearing modest clothing is sexy, not 'frumpy'"
Ino:
"Blondes are not bimbos"
"Wearing a midrift top does not make me a slut"
"I am not anorexic because I diet"

This was done in Prismacolor markers, and it took me FOREVER to finish. :faint: This is why I never do backgrounds with markers; it'll take too long.

Sakura, Hinata, Ino (c) Kishimoto Masashi
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Candycane4 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Photographer
This is outstanding...It's texture, contrast, originality, palette and creativity is clearly in abundance...Clap It's message is beautiful and I am genuinely touched...
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Mykaela12 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I love this piece!
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superxicyumi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a really special drawing! I haven't seen nothing like this up to now! I men with manga/anime characters. 
You did an awesome job! :iconclapplz:
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DarkLillie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Omg, that is one of the most prettyiest things I've ever seen. So awesome!
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dbarns514 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ino wow:omg:
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Strickplayer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
jeez Hinata had a lot more.
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Cindyfred Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly don't really know any of these characters, but a really like this picture! :)
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Awela-Mizuko Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh I love this!
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Koumeiseidai Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I really like Hinata's ;o;
The whole thing just speaks. I've seen this before but this is my first time stopping to click on it. It's so wonderful o':
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tashwampa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
This is wonderful! I really love it :D
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moonwalker3000 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your artwork!please check out mine
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kitsunehime1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
amen to that
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LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
AWESOME GO ANIME!
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wickeddramachildren1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is amazing. Especially with "Wearing modest clothing is sexy, not 'frumpy'." I really think that hits things right on the dot for me. There's a lot here that I really adore. Good work.
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Eleenasafari92 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I Love this, thank you!!!
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SamuelRebella Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
:heart:
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Halcyon196 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
The ones about Ino and Sakura, my fave girls, were the most wonderful for me because too often they get bashed for the reasons you listed.
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solarstorm15 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very beautiful; and very inspirational. I am making an e-card; and I was wondering if I could use this.
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Kamden Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Thank you! :D I'm glad you like it.

However, please don't use it in an e-card. While I'm flattered that you think its good enough for one, having it become available as an e-card would make it very difficult for me to keep track of how my art is being used or reproduced.
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littlepyromaniac99 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love this,I totally agree with everything.I really hate how everyone says sakura is flat chested,its just cause hinata and ino have really big boobs...Don't get me wrong,I'm actually a huuuuuge Hinata fan,more than any other character
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sorata13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sorry tell me if I'm wrong but. You mention hinata's breasts being objectified, and here's my thing. No one complains when girls drool over a sexy shirtless man. They're objectifying him too, but guys don't get mad or start a big thing over that. Or heck say you like guys with pretty boy faces. You're enjoying that pretty face right? You're objectifying him. We all objectify when we see members of the sex we're attracted to. It's not a crime as long as we don't forget to pay attention to personality as well. Sorry but I've seen a hundred things with women complaining about being objectified and it seems there's a big double standard.
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courtneydolphin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I love this statement. This is a thing that some people in society don't seem to understand.
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w8ing4emolove Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Small breasts ARE sexy too <3
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Halcyon196 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
They are. I'm glad I have small breasts like Sakura's. <3
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w8ing4emolove Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^-^ Awh me too!
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Moon12345678 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the message it sends!
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softball-chic Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
its amazing
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angel-of-the-strange Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so true, you must have touched the hearts of girls every where, you defiantly touch mine.
I have a big forehead and "small" boobs and 'cause of you I appreciate them.
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Mirumi-chan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I also have a very large forehead(8 cm) and often am ridiculed because of that.This is a wonderful artwork and it-s message is truth in it's fullest shape.
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Gasu21 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Reguardless of how accurate this is to how they are really drawn, I'm glad that you took the time to stand up for these women. They really don't deserve all of the hentai crap that revolves around them. I've seen the hentai, I was not turned on at all, and it is as insulting as it is pitiful. There is so much more to them than their bodies.

Thank You.

P.S. I will love hinata forever.
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HinataLove26 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
this is beatiful. THANK you.
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highlord24 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
great artwork and great message! I can totally sympathize! I have a so called "billboard-brow" myself and still haven't plucked up the courage to get rid of my fringe so well done to you!
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ski-kory Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is wonderful.
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XxToxicSpikesxX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I really like this, and the message!
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AlexYin4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
grzat one *;* lovin it
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AkatsukiDemon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really love this~! beautiful work!
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Kamden Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks! :D
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Kiktion Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Wow very nice work. I love very much the message of it.

We should accept our body just the was it is. And I think we can look nice only if we feel good in our clothes. So let's wear our hair how we like and let's dress as we like! : D

It took me years to understand this. Now I want to help for others who feel the same way too. Seeing this kid of work makes me feel that I'm not the only one, there're thousands and hundrets of girls who think the same. And I hope they'll understand this things one day (: ♥
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bk00 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Writer
A lovely job! :love:
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HarunoKid97 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sakura does not have hips o.O
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TravisBickle4WilyKit Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 sexy but not objectified is the best statement for young girls!
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woot4anime64 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I agree with all of these. and it only reinforces that looks don't matter. great job! I'm so adding this to my favourites!
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FullFORCESoldier Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Outstanding concept! GREAT JOB!
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JoseOcamposx3 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
your art might be a piece of sht .. but its very true what you said, cool as a fan art :)
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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Very nice!
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SallyDaVE Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Beautiful


Im all terry eye'd now
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cthulhufhtagn1987 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Absolutely ingenious! And damn well drawn! Faved at sight!
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Sweet-Ana Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
cool
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EpicTobi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I swear this is the most beautiful drawing ever. I love this and the message it gives out <3 Indeed...people should stop hating them for how they look and act...they are all beautiful the way they are.......

Mind if I Feature this on my page,i'll give you credit <3333

Fantastic job
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Billby13 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice! And a wonderful point.
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