Mellenthin conceptualized the project in six days. She gathered a group of women between the ages of 19 and 47 at the Indiana Event Center on January 8 to participate in a haunting photoshoot.

The Worthy Project Kierra Mellenthin
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

She asked the women to strip down to their undergarments.

The Worthy Project Kierra Mellenthin
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

Then, Mellenthin told each woman to write down a single negative memory, incident, or phrase that has been made about their bodies.

The Worthy Project Kierra Mellenthin
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

In having the women pose with these comments, Mellenthin aimed to "normalize self-love and spread body positivity."

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

These women's bravery inspired Mellenthin, as she explained in her description of The Worthy Project.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

"None of these women are professional models. They are regular people just like you and I," she wrote. "They took a chance to be brave. These women bared their hearts and souls in order to prove that it's OK to love yourself."

She shifted the direction of the photoshoot after the women posed with the worst comment they've been told about their bodies.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

Mellenthin encouraged each woman to examine the other women in the room — and write down a compliment about them.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

"Each person then wandered about and placed a sticky-note on someone else," she wrote in the project's description.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

"Each sticky-note was an affirmation, compliment, or uplifting message. The fears and rigid memories of before started to fade. The power of friendship and happiness filled the room as we continued with group images and more pictures."

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

By the end of the photoshoot, Mellenthin hoped the women absorbed the power of self-love: "All women are worthy. No matter their size, color, shape, race, sexual orientation, employment, they are worthy," she wrote on her website.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

Mellenthin's photoshoot is well-intentioned, but on first glance, it doesn't seem to include women of color or women with disabilities.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

"Any woman was able to apply to be a participant in The Worthy Project, no matter race or if they had a disability," Mellenthin told Revelist. "The lack of color can be contributed to the fact that the project was spontaneous and put together in six days — therefore, not everybody that applied was able to participate due to scheduling issues."

She also said that there were Latino and Filipino participants in the photoshoot as well as women with invisible illnesses.

"Being the creator myself I actually suffer from medical disabilities that put a hindrance on my everyday life — nuerocardiogenic syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. However, just looking at my physical appearance, one wouldn't be aware. That's the interesting about disabilities — they don't all look the same."

She said that the next photoshoot will be more inclusive.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

Of course, the lack of inclusivity doesn't negate the importance of her photoshoot. Her message still matters.

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Reporter
photo: Kierra Mellenthin
Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin

"Social media blasts in your face that you need to be 'model material' in order to be beautiful," she concluded. "Not anymore. Not again. All women are worthy and we're here to prove it."

Kierra Mellenthin The Worthy Project
photo: Kierra Mellenthin