Plus-size women are rarely portrayed as sexual beings in media or art. Most mediums depict curvy women as "before" photos or as asexual beings with zero desires of their own. 

But artist Shona McAndrew totally turned that narrative on its head by depicting plus-size women as not just sexual beings, but as desirable ones.

The sculptures are made of paper mache and various other materials, including wire, acrylic, and fabric.

According to a profile by the Huffington Post, McAndrew begins the sculptural process by snapping pictures of her own body in various poses and at different angles. She then uses that as a base to sculpt imaginary plus-size women, all of whom have names: Alice, Sofia, Norah, Josephine, and Belinda.

“A lot of people are confused when they find out I’m the one making these pieces,” she told HuffPo. “I think that has a lot to with with stereotypes about plus-size women and what we’re capable of. Here I am, making these physically demanding sculptures that make me fight so much for them to be in this medium.”

Each sculpture quickly becomes "a friend."

Because her artistic process requires her to pay such close attention to the minute details of her body, it's easy to assume McAndrew is super comfortable in her own skin. However, she claims that it's not totally true.

“I would see other plus-size women and think they were beautiful but I couldn’t see it in myself,” she recalled. “If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to love you? It’s so annoyingly true.”

McAndrew's work helps defeat the stereotype that plus-size women can't be sexy without being fetishized.

Sure, it's easy to see how a plus-size model like Ashley Graham can be considered sexy; she has an hourglass shape with large breasts, a flat stomach, and a large booty. However, many plus-size women don't fall into that description, and the only place they're represented is in porn, where they're fetishized. 

McAndrew's work shows the women in a sexy light, where each of the women depicted can flaunt her sexuality either by masturbating, using a Hello Kitty mirror to check out her vagina, or even posing topless in a towel. 

There's nothing fetishized about it. It's just plus-size women doing their thing, living their damn lives.

The women depicted also, in a way, confirm the sexuality of plus-size women.

McAndrew recalled a time when a "cool boy" in high school fat shamed her.

“In high school, one of the cool boys in the class took me aside and told me all the guys had discussed it and decided, if I lost weight, I’d be one of the prettiest girls in school,” McAndrew said. “I’ve always felt that until I lost weight I wasn’t a candidate for womanhood. I used to hope people would watch me go into the restroom so they would know for certain that I was a woman.”

McAndrew's sculptures highlight that part of femininity — perhaps that's why a lot of them depict women in the bathroom.

McAndrew's work can now be seen in the Museum of Sex in New York City.

Norah, who's unabashedly masturbating in a "I heart NY" tee and what look like fuzzy socks, is currently part of the "NSFW: Female Gaze" exhibit at the iconic New York museum.