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What real women look like in underwear

& Other Stories’s campaign features recognisable women—scars, moles, body hair and all

By Deepa Menon  December 18th, 2015

Swedish fashion brand & Other Stories, part of the H&M group, clearly had a different brief (sorry, couldn’t resist) for their new line of lingerie. They wanted to “portray a more diverse view on the traditional notion of beauty.” When they got together with photographer Hedvig Jenning, the idea took form in the shape of a campaign featuring unusual models. These women are regular people with day jobs—Helin Honung is a blogger, Kelsey Lu McJunkins is a cellist and Ida Jagerfelt is a copywriter—and the photo shoot has them in striking, but not sexualised poses.

In other words, this campaign sells women’s underwear… to women. That shouldn’t qualify & Other Stories as ambitious, but given the gratuitously titillating landscape of lingerie ads, this straightforward idea is nothing short of clutter-breaking.

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