The What's Underneath Project
Run by mother and daughter creators Elisa and Lily of StyleLikeU, the What's Underneath Project has been a movement for the past four years. The premise of the web series is pretty simple: individuals are interviewed about their style and what it means to them, whilst 'stripping off' that style so they are left in just their underwear (or whatever they feel most comfortable in) as their authentic and real selves.
The idea of watching strangers strip off and tell their life stories might seem strange and a bit daunting, but the results of the series have been incredible. The interviewees are diverse, from a plethora of backgrounds - some famous, some not, some old and some young. One things for sure: they're all incredibly inspirational.
The interviewers create a safe and open atmosphere, meaning the people being interviewed are open and honest in their answers to Elisa and Lily's questions. Some stories can be pretty difficult, but all of them show the strength and resilience of the individuals on camera. The direction of the series is beautiful, and is highly representative of the way people - in all their shapes in sizes - truly are.
There are a few stories of survivors, some of which I will include below, which are affirming, relatable, and quite hard to watch at times. But what comes through most in these survivors stories is their strength and resilience against what has tried to break them. My favourite question asked through the series is 'Why is your body is it a good place to be?' - the answers are complex and vast, but my favourite answer from Bethany in the London open-call is that her body is the place that was there when she hugged the people she loved. As cheesy as it is, the name rings true, and it is a lovely, calming presentation of what's really underneath people when they open up and get honest with others (and themselves).
I have watched most of the web series, and there are over 100 I believe, but I'll try and dwindle it down to the top few:
To find out more visit: http://stylelikeu.com/the-whats-underneath-project-2/ or search them on Youtube.