There takes a certain amount of courage to compete in CrossFit. Now, a group of women have taken it to the next level. As the first stage of qualifying for this summer’s World Games begins, four Quebec athletes have exposed their real selves to the lens of photographer Johany Jutras. Their intentions are clear: to denounce physical prejudice against muscular women – and to encourage all women to be proud of their bodies.
Cindy Ouellet, Julie* (not her real name), Sonia Hurtubise and Michele Letendre have made it their mission to share the challenges they have overcome to inspire a generation of female athletes to compete, and ensure them that any perceived physical obstacle can be overcome. The women also want people to know that behind their muscles, there may sometimes be a hidden – and, perhaps, disturbing – narrative from their past.
Original story published (french) in La Presse+.
“If we open ourselves up to the public this way, we hope we can help create more of an understanding and acceptance,” said Michele Letendre.