Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Illustrations beautifully capture the imperfect reality of women's everyday lives

Sally Nixon 11.jpg

Remember when Girls first aired, and how revelatory it felt to see Lena Dunham's naked body onscreen? It was almost shocking. Dropped among the depictions of nude women we were used to seeing on TV – gorgeous, glowingly lit, and completely hair- and cellulite-free – the normality of Dunham’s figure felt like a quietly radical act.

Artist Sally Nixon’s illustrations elicit a similar feeling. Unless you’re a Victoria’s Secret model, the women she draws probably look quite a lot like you. They sometimes wear great lipstick or groovy glasses, but they’re not glamorous, exactly; they have soft thighs, wide hips, and breasts that don’t stay up without a bra. Their bedrooms are messy, they eat crisps while reading in their pants, and they don’t look especially seductive while pulling on a pair of tights. 

Sally Nixon
sally nixon
Sally Nixon

“It’s important that the women I draw aren’t rail thin with huge boobs,” Nixon told the Huffington Post. “I think there are enough images of bodies like that out in the world. The ladies I draw typically have small-ish, droopy breasts and thick thighs. They’re kind of lumpy but in an attractive way. Just like real people.”

Almost 16,000 people follow Nixon's illustrations on her Instagram, and a glance at the comments on each picture reveals that she's striking a chord. Beneath a picture of two girls sprawled out watching TV, one Instagram user has tagged a friend and written, “This is legit me and you!“ Another commends Nixon for the racial diversity in her artwork.

Nixon, from Little Rock, Arkansas, in the US, told Stylist in an email that she has “been completely surprised by the response“ to her illustrations. “But it's been amazing. I'm so glad other ladies can relate to my drawings.“

You can see more of Sally's work here.

Sally Nixon
sally nixon
Sally Nixon

Pictures: courtesy of Sally Nixon

Related

Father Daughter 6.jpeg

Illustrator draws the father-daughter relationship she wishes she had

woman-sollitude1.jpg

Illustrator captures the beauty of being single

BP_1-5-COVER-REVEAL-twitter-TEXT.jpg

Beatrix Potter stories have been given a high-fashion makeover

anxiety-comics-funny-illustrations-gemma-correll-2__700.jpg

Illustrator perfectly captures the everyday anxieties we all deal with

fall-into-london.jpg

Inside the beguiling world of illustrators at work

smart-phone-addiction-technology-modern-world-jean-jullien-20__700.jpg

Illustrator captures how our phones are taking over our lives

104.jpg

Illustrator’s witty drawings capture honest moments in everyday life

The Trouble With Women hb.jpg

The witty feminist cartoons exposing history's sexism

heartbreak 3.jpg

How to heal a broken heart through comics

Comments

More

Quiz: which famous duo are you and your work wife?

It’s time to find out, once and for all, who you and your work wife really are…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Jul 2017

You’ve been making your tea wrong this whole time, reveal tea experts

Wait, what?

by Jasmine Andersson
20 Jul 2017

Feed your inner Morticia Addams at these gothic London eateries

And not a unicorn in sight

by The Stylist web team
20 Jul 2017

Designer lattes are the new coffee trend taking over Instagram

Meet the new drink du jour

by The Stylist web team
20 Jul 2017

Two gloriously witchy 90s stars have made a creepy film together

Sabrina and Morticia are a force to be reckoned with

by Amy Swales
20 Jul 2017

Celebrating 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality

Four women tell us what's really changed

by The Stylist web team
20 Jul 2017

The definitive list of TV shows to watch after Love Island

Because leaving the show behind is heartbreak in itself

by Jasmine Andersson
20 Jul 2017

Why you really need to start taking lunch breaks at work

A culture of presenteeism means we're glued to our desks and rarely go outside

by Anna Brech
20 Jul 2017

More and more women are reporting being sexually assaulted on trains

But there could be an upside to new figures revealing the true scale of the problem

by Amy Swales
20 Jul 2017

This is what happens to your brain when you fall in love

Ever wondered where those feelings come from?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Jul 2017