Hilde Atalanta is the creative force behind the Vulva Gallery. Her popular website showcases a series of adorable illustrations of zoomed in vulvas. An empowering artist, Hilde Atalanta is using her art for celebrating the diversity of female genitalia. Her inspiring messages along with whimsical illustrations is teaching women to be more accepting of their vulvas. However, the Vulva Gallery is serving a dual purpose. She is educating young men and women on an alarming trend of vulva shaming. And letting people share their own story.
Meet Hilde Atalanta
Hilde lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands as an illustrator. Her love of drawing androgynous is what makes her work special. Although a feminist construct, the Vulva Gallery is dedicated to celebrating a woman’s most prized treasure. Dont fret, though. Her work is not heavy handed. In fact, there is something for everyone, whether they are non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, a-gender, genderfree, genderneutral, bigender, trigender, pangender, or other-gendered.
The Vulva Gallery
Hilde Atalanta came up with the idea of creating the Vulva Gallery after attending a lecture on labiaplasty. A growing trend among women ages 18-24, labiaplasty involves the cutting and removal of the most sensitive erogenous zone on the body. According to statistics, the disturbing form of elective surgery has increased five-fold over the decade. Hilde Atalanta finds “the reach for perfection heartbreaking,” and is resolute in using use her talent for educational purposes. The Vulva Gallery is replete with a variety vulvas in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.
“No vulva-owning individual should feel the need of undergoing surgery just because it doesn’t look like the one’s they see in porn.” – Hilde Atalanta
Stop Vulva Shaming!
Women are renouncing oral sex mostly because of the shame associated with female genitalia. The blame, in part, is how magazines and the media hold women to ridiculous standards of beauty. The unprecedented vulva shaming is precipitated by the supposed ideal that a vulva must be devoid of pubic hair, shaped like a bread roll, smell like a dainty rose, and be as pink and Snow White’s rosy cheeks. It’s no wonder women are having unnecessary labia reductions. What Hilde Atalanta is doing is showing the vulva as something beautiful—-a natural form of art that differs from woman to woman.
See more work by Hilde Atalanta by visiting her site here.6