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A Danish photography exhibition that aimed to combat negative self-image has been shut down by police. The series Female Beauty, by Mathilde Grafström was on display in Copenhagen’s Nytorv square. “I take my photos to show young women that they are more beautiful than they think. I show the woman that she is beautiful, and that way I can help her to accept herself,” she told Denmark’s TV2, adding that she was motivated in part by insecurities about her own body.
After police denied permission for her photos to be displayed, Grafström filed a complaint against them, also pointing out that an advertisement for a plastic surgery clinic — featuring naked breasts — was running on the side of Copenhagen buses without issue. “My photos are an aesthetic expression. It is shocking that my pictures are obscene, while advertising is not,” she said.