Wisconsin photographer Julia Kozerski lost an incredible 160 pounds (over 11 stones) in a year - and now her photos have gone viral.
She documented her weight loss with a series of photos that were only ever meant to be seen by her. But she then decoded to share the images.
"Eventually I realised that the story I was telling had a greater, more universal message and I decided that the photographs were best shown openly in public," Julia said.
When she lost half her body weight during her time as a photography student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, dropping from 338 pounds to 178 pounds, she turned the camera on herself.
She created the photo project in order to show the realities behind extreme weight loss, the Huffington Post reports.
"While it is easy to celebrate and appreciate the dramatic physical results of such an endeavour, underneath the layers of clothing and behind closed doors, quite a different reality exists," she said.
Her nude self-portraits include close-up shots of her post-weight loss skin and stretch marks, as well of a portrait of the artist in her wedding dress, now several sizes too big.
The strikingly candid photo series, entitled 'Half ', gave Kozerski a new outlook on beauty, the media's treatment of weight loss and a refreshing perspective on the idea of "normal."
"We are all 'flawed' in some way," she said. "But if you know that you are not alone and that there is no 'normal', no 'right' or 'wrong', you can live openly and freely."