As Channel 4 turns the camera on women's most private parts, is '100 Vaginas' too much or the body-positive show every woman should watch?

But tonight 100 brave souls will reveal not just their cellulite and wobbly bits but also their private parts to the nation.

The Channel 4 show '100 Vaginas' is a groundbreaking new documentary in which a British photographer interviews women about what their intimate parts mean to them – and shows off the pictures.

Photographer Laura Dodsworth wants to change the way we think about our intimate body parts and break the stigma surrounding this hidden part of the female anatomy.

In 2015, plastic surgeons saw a 40 per cent rise in surgery to alter how their vaginas looked and plenty of celebrities, including Brandi Glanville and Chloe Khan, have admitted having procedures to give them a 'designer vagina'.

Alarmingly 34 per cent of women are skipping their smear tests out of embarrassment.

Here, the brave women who took part in the show – who are pictured but not named – explain why they posed for the most revealing photos of all.

‘I have a little mole like a chocolate chip'

“It reminds me of a pink cupcake – it’s very pink and plump and it looks as though someone has piped layers of pink icing,” says a 28-year-old woman. “And I have a little mole like a chocolate chip.”

But behind the rosy imagery lies a more traumatic story.

A few years ago, she had cervical cancer, which resulted in her cervix and some of her vagina being removed.

The cancer can be caused by the HPV virus, transmitted through sex, and because of this, she felt as if she was judged for having the cancer, whereas those with breast cancer may not have felt the same stigma.

She continues: “There’s an assumption that you’ve done something wrong, that you’ve slept with a lot of people.”

“It took a long time for me to like my body again. I feel broken… I feel angry that the part of my body which defines a lot of women had done a number on me at such a young age.”

‘Porn makes me think it's not normal’

The programme reveals that porn is undoubtedly shaping how women's private parts are seen by men and women alike, explaining that half of 11 to 14-year-olds have watched some sort of x-rated material.

One woman remarks:“It makes me feel like my vulva wasn’t normal in its shape and my pubic hair – it just didn’t feel normal to me.”

Religious beliefs also played a big part in how some women felt about their intimate areas.

One women explains: “Growing up Muslim, the vagina isn’t really spoken about – there’s still that thought of a ‘dirty vagina’ and that women should really keep their legs closed.

'Sex was distressing'

“I was completely scared of … thinking about it,” adds another subject, who explains she grew up in a strict Christian family. “It was an extremely scary portal to trouble and shame.

“I tried penetrative sex once or twice and it was distressing, it was a horrible experience.

“I felt like my quality of life was done for and that I wouldn’t be love and I wouldn’t be able to be in a relationship or be accepted. There were moments where I didn’t know if I wanted to live.”

‘The morning I had FGM it was like Christmas’

Admitting that she expected to come across some difficult material while working on her project, Laura was not expecting to hear so many sad stories.

The documentary also looks at the harrowing experiences of women who have experienced female genital mutilation, a practice which involves cutting the vulva and sewing it up to prevent girls from having sex.

“The morning I had FGM it was like Christmas,” one woman painfully recalls. “Imagine being seven years old and having a massive party – with a woman to do your makeup and another one to do your hair.”

“I felt the needle going in but after that, everything went quiet,” adds another victim. “And the woman looked at me and she said ‘now you are a woman'.

“As the anaesthetic was coming out of my system I could feel burning and I remember screaming and crying. I was lucky to have had the anaesthetic as there were girls who had no medical assistance during theirs.

“They stitched it up all the way down until they left me a little hole that was no bigger than a matchstick.”

“FGM took away my childhood,” the woman continues. “It took away my chance to be a mother. I will never know what it is like to carry a child – all of that was taken away just to prove I would be a virgin.

“And all of this is because they think they can control our sexuality. But as a woman who had FGM, do I have a nice sex life? Yes I do.”

‘I wished I knew how to enjoy sex’

One woman, who grew up in Ireland, says she was raped aged seven but felt she couldn't speak up.

“My whole world got turned upside down,” she explains. “I was raped by someone I really trusted and at that age I didn’t really know how to deal with it. I was violated and my self-worth was at nothing.

“At such a young age it becomes such a part of you, you don’t know who you might have been without it. I learned you can’t fix it but you can manage it. I wouldn’t let the person who raped me take my future.”

Another person, who grew up in Brighton, explains that her belief that sex was between two people who had feelings for each other was shattered when she was raped by the manager of the hotel she was staying at as a 19-year-old. “I brushed it under the carpet and didn’t think about it – but it was really affecting me.

“I kept thinking if I’d done something differently – would it have turned out differently? I just wished I could be normal, I wished I knew how to enjoy sex, that I could watch TV programmes with sexual content…”

‘It’s not perfect but it doesn’t need to be’

Laura also photographs those who are transsexual in an attempt to find out what a vagina means to those who weren't born with them.

One woman, 38, who transitioned from male to female seven years ago, is not phased by the scars left behind from their operation.

“It’s not perfect but it doesn’t need to be. It does what I need it to do.

“My clitoris was made out of the top of the penis, and it’s just as sensitive as the penis before it. It’s awesome and while I’m not a real woman, and can't claim womanhood, I’m a transwoman and that’s fine by me,” she says.

100 Vaginas is on Channel 4 tonight at 10pm

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