Women strip for photoshoot to persuade people to vote against GOP in the midterms
The women were pictured in the campaign's photograph series with just a ballot covering their private parts to encourage more people to go out and vote
A group of women, supporting the Democratic Party, recently stripped off for a new campaign called 'Grab Them By The Ballot' in an effort to urge people to not vote for the Republican Party in the midterm elections next week. The campaign slogan is a swipe at President Donald Trump's controversial "Grab them by the pu***" remark when he was aboard an Access Hollywood bus.
The women were pictured in the campaign's photograph series with just a ballot covering their private parts. The ten participants of the campaign reportedly hope to encourage more people to go out and vote on November 6 for the elections.
The photo shoot was reportedly organized by the 48-year-old Harvard Law graduate, Dawn Robertson, who took the initiative to cast a diverse group of women of different sizes, sexual orientations, and races shortly after the #MeToo allegations against prominent figures continued to rise. Robertson said that her decision was also spurred by the Republican party's attack on women's reproductive rights and transgender people's rights.
Robertson said that she found her models on social media and on the street. The models reportedly include a transgender woman, a Latina, an abduction survivor and a pregnant woman, according to the Daily Mail.
The women include Melodi Blackbird, 44, Susan Lipkin, 65, Gina Carerra, 56, Tara Beach, 34, Alexandra Martin, 31, Nyla Smith, 22, Gina Higgins, 37, Courtney Blasius, 31, a transgender woman who goes by the initial Z, 28.
Reports state that the women also participated in solo portraits with a single prop to represent themselves as part of the shoot, which occurred on October 28 last month.
Robertson, who is the founder of a recruitment company, said: "With the Kavanaugh nomination and MeToo and Trump, women are rising everywhere. What the Republicans are doing to transgender rights, the way they are attacking women's reproductive rights and the collective trauma means that women are really coming to the forefront now."
"I hope that the pictures encourage women and marginalized communities to vote. I want them to know that their voice matters and this is serious s***," she continued, adding that her photo shoot was inspired by photographer Anja Shutz's 2016 series of nude photographs - called Grab Him By The Ballot. The 2016 series also portrayed a group of women in nude with strategically positioned ballots.
The founder said that the difference between the 2016 series and her photoshoot is that "we are saying it's not just Trump, it's Kavanaugh and all the alleged abusers who have been exposed by the Me Too movement."