Here are a few things that come to mind when I think about being nude…
I feel pretty comfortable with myself, BUT I don’t really like being in a bathing suit, BUT at the same time, it doesn’t bother me at all to be naked in front of my friends. Go figure.
As a photographer, I find nudity very beautiful. I’d like to photograph nudes, and it wouldn’t bother me at all to be photographed nude. I would actually like that, I think.
But I don’t like “raw” nudity.
For me, being naked has to be romanticized, or it has to be the nakedness of someone I love.
I love hammams. They’re part of my culture, even though I didn’t grow up with them.
I like the way the women interact with each other -neither sensual nor detached, kind of like sisters. There’s no judgment – they look after one another, everyone’s equal.
The first time I saw my dad totally naked (by accident) was also the first time I’d ever seen a man totally naked. BIGGEST SHOCK OF MY LIFE.
I went crying to my mother, asking her what that thing was between his legs. She explained it to me, and she finished by saying: you’ll see, one day you’ll even think those are beautiful….. SECOND BIGGEST SHOCK OF MY LIFE.
I answered crying: “Oh, well I really don’t think so!!!”
The nudity in Juergen Teller often shocks me. I’m the type to be like: “Oh no, not the a**hole…!!!!
I think that’s what he’s going for. He’s a talented one, that Juergen.
One summer, I worked at a nude beach – I was a windsurfing instructor. Don’t try to figure out why. Let’s just say I’ll try just about anything in my life.
I tried to do what I could to get used to that environment. I told myself it was maybe kind of cool to get back to nature, etc., and I became friends with a boy and his family at the beach. He must have been 10 years old. I was teaching him how to windsurf (Yeah, go ahead and imagine the VERY GRAPHIC scenes), and he was a nice kid. I could tell that he wasn’t very comfortable with all the nudity, the poor thing. If someone had told me I had to be naked at that age, I would have hated it.
One day, his mother invited me over for dinner. They were very nice, so I tried not to have any preconceived ideas, and to just be myself.
So I went over, totally dressed up – and when I arrived, they were all nude, except the little boy who had put on a big sweater.
And right then, I heard his mother say to him: “I told you, we don’t wear clothes before 10pm!!!” And he replied: “But I’m cold!”
That’s when I decided I would quit that weird job – and that I would never be nudist.
Every now and then, I’ll dance around naked by myself at home, but I don’t like being naked just hanging around the house like Lena does in Girls.
I don’t really like furniture touching my skin, haha.
What I like about the show Girls is that it’s a breath of fresh air.
People make such a big deal about Lena Dunham‘s nudity, about her body which doesn’t fit conventional standards of beauty (ah, these ridiculous beauty standards!) and all of that, but if you ask me, I say FINALLY.
We needed a girl to push the limits, and she did it! Seriously – bravo, bravo, bravo, thank you.
I saw my grandmother naked several times. She was really beautiful and had perfect skin: it had never (never!!!) seen the sun. Only her ankles and forearms had little sun spots. It was strange and funny.
I think I’m a lot more beautiful naked than with clothes on (like Padma, ahahah).
Seeing my friends naked doesn’t bother me, I’m totally comfortable. BUT I have this one friend who gets naked the first chance she gets, and she always finds tons of things to pick up off the floor. WHY.
I love looking at other people’s bodies at the beach. I could do that for hours.
For me, swimming naked is one of the purest expressions of happiness.
In Corsica, I find a deserted creek, I make sure no one is around, and woosh! I plunge into the cool water. Aaaaaaaahhhhh….
What about you? How do you feel about being naked?