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N-town Q/A

April 12, 2013

Q&A: Benita of BRC Photography talks faith, beauty

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NORMAN — Q: How much does your faith in God shape your artistic vision and your work? Or does it at all?

A: It definitely plays a part in it. I find it very awesome that Gordon B. Hinckley said — oh my gosh, you’re making me cry again, what is this Oprah Winfrey? — but he said that every woman deserves to be said or told that she’s beautiful. So I’m like, “Oh my gosh, that was for me.” Seriously when I heard that I thought, “You’re speaking to me, right? You’re speaking to me so I can help women even more.” It just means a lot to me to be able to do this and to help women. I don’t even know if it helps women.

Q: Well, I think it is helping women, if you’re helping to develop their self-esteem and highlight their qualities.

A: Yes. I definitely feel that it has quite an impact on how I see a woman. Because I appreciate the female body and I want them to appreciate that as well with its kinks and faults and blemishes — I have them, I get it — I have scars, I have dimples where they shouldn’t be. But I get that.

Yes, it totally impacts and shapes the way I look at women — my beliefs, and my faith in Christ and Heavenly Father.

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