The Unleashed Project

For too long women have been conditioned by society, the media and each other about how to look, act, dress, feel and so on that our identity and confidence is being eroded. It is time we ask ourselves...What does it mean to be a women? Who is the women I am meant to be? How do I love myself and my body? The Unleashed Project addresses all this and more creating a positive shift towards self love and body positivity. It is time we reclaim our power, UNLEASH all our beauty within and let it radiate out- for ourselves, for each other and for the world.  Because when we come from a place of self acceptance, then we can truly be ourselves~UNLEASHED!

For years I lived my life in a state of disempowerment, unaware that I lacked confidence and love for myself and my body, and that I held the power to do something about it.  A first visit to a nude beach in Greece was my a-ha moment that led me on a lifelong journey of self-love, acceptance and body positivity.  I grew passionate through my own growth to be a guiding light for other women to see all their beauty inside and out and to reach their empowered state of being.  I began growing and self funding The Unleashed Project 4 years ago and she is now being birthed into existence.  I am ready to introduce her into the world, through the exhibition of 108 photos, videos and the continuation of the Unleashed process,  and I need your help for her to continue to grow and flourish.  The Unleashed Project has the capability to shift the paradigm for the present and future generations making the world a better place for all genders.  Please help support this important cultural issue.
Much love and gratitude,
To learn more about my self-love journey that led me to begin The Unleashed Project click here 



Unleashed is a therapeutic, social art project.  It empowers and enables women to express, love and accept themselves from the inside out, promoting body positivity and the celebration of a woman's whole unique beauty.   As the viewer or the muse, an apparent shift radiates out that permeates through society in ways beyond what is expressed through the resulting photographs.

Women of all ages, sizes, shapes, colors and diverse lives from the community who express an interest to be part of the collective message and who are ready to blossom are interviewed and selected to participate in the beauty that unfolds. I create a welcoming safe space and lead each woman on a journey into herself.  Through a guided meditation of mental imagery, body sensations, personal color theory and emotional flooding she fosters a newfound love for herself.  Cast in a new light, her body becomes a canvas of her own emotions and she thoughtfully applies the paint as a tool of self-expression.  The energy contrived is documented through my lens via artistic photos & testimonial video of her individualized journey. Through this experience she has created a new relationship with her inner critical voice that ripples out into her life and into the world.

​The Unleashed Project has already Unleashed 108 women! The mission of The Unleashed Project is to continue to impact and inspire women across the globe, bringing awareness to self love and body positivity. Host Melissa and The Unleashed Project exhibition in your city or hometown.  Women can apply to be selected to participate in the Unleashed process and photo shoot.
If you desire to support the project in any other ways, let us know by contacting . We are open to hearing how you want to contribute to this important cultural issue. 



I chose to guide and document 108 woman’s journey and process, including my own,  individually through film and photographic art. By tuning in to this symbolically powerful number we can connect to our higher selves, weaving and intertwining us all together. Because, together we are stronger and more empowered, together we heal the feminine, together we get to be heard and decide what we believe true beauty is, together we erase body shame entirely and shift the paradigm.


Bring The Unleashed Project to your city.  View the original 108 Unleashed ladies photographs and have Melissa Vlahos Unleash YOU in a photo session.  For more info contact

Donations (0)

  • Penelope E Petropoulos 
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Graciela Valdes 
    • $25 
    • 10 mos
  • Eleanna Vlahos-Hall  
    • $100 
    • 11 mos
  • Tara Arbogast 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos
  • Gail Dickert  
    • $75 
    • 12 mos


Melissa Vlahos 
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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