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Heterosexual Hollywood Stars Pose As Same-Sex Couples To Show ‘Love Is Love’

A bold and powerful photography project is bringing celebrities together to pose as same-sex couples and families as a way to combat homophobia and provide positive images of recognizable figures engaging in queer relationships.

The series, called Imaginary Couples, is the brainchild of French artist and photographer Olivier Ciappa, and has been displayed in galleries and cities around the world from Paris to Lima. Featuring former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria posing with singer Lara Fabian and Sicario director Denis Villenueve posing with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, Ciappa found inspiration for the project from homophobic attitudes he encountered globally, particularly following the legalization of same-sex marriage in France.

“The celebrities that I shot are heterosexual, but it was essential to me that you would believe these imaginary couples and families they portray were real,” Ciappa told The Huffington Post. “If you couldn’t identify with their love and feel it was real, then I would have failed. And to show that love is love, no matter who is involved, the exhibition also features real gay families, straight ones, single parents, disabled, people of different skin colors and origins, different religion, young couples, old ones… All of these pictures, imaginary or real, have the same glamorous and warm monochrome style that makes them look not only appealing but timeless.”

Imaginary Couples is tentatively scheduled to hit the United States this summer, possibly in Los Angeles. Check out some more photos from the series below.Imaginary Couples 02Imaginary Couples 03Imaginary Couples 04Imaginary Couples 05Imaginary Couples 06Imaginary Couples 07


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One comment

  1. I have a dream
    That One Day
    Genevieve Nnaji will canoodle with Omotola
    And Blossom Chukwujekwu will cozy up to Banky W
    And Wizkid will take a shower with Davido
    And Omawumi will drop a soft kiss on Waje
    Our celebrities coming together to promote Love is Love and discouraging homophobia in Nigeria.

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