The flash went off with a “pop” and the photographer patiently told me to loosen up. My hands were sweaty and my heart was beating a mile a minute. Trying my best to concentrate, I twisted into an elegant pose and took a deep breath to soften my expression. The resulting photograph was beautiful but the experience was terrifying.
I was 20-years-old when I first took my clothes off for money. While it might seem sordid, it wasn’t as bad as you might expect. A sophomore in college in New York, I was completely broke and my babysitting job wasn’t going to pay my rent for the summer while I interned. An old acquaintance — I’ll call her Tania — had been posting censored nude photos of herself on Facebook, and out of sheer curiosity I wrote her a message about it. She quickly replied and said that she had been making extra money “art modeling” for photographers. I was intrigued.
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Could middle-aged women become the new ideal of female hotness? It would seem Helena Christensen thinks so, as the 40-year-old supermodel has been making moves to adjust image standards. She appeared nude on the cover of i-D this month (along with Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer), and is also in the buff for a spread (no pun intended) in Elle‘s January issue. According to the Telegraph, Christensen is, “flabbergasted that people could be offended by pictures of naked women.” In the accompanying article, Helena also admits: “I have no problems with showing my body. I love the female shape. It’s crazy — you can have movie posters with men with machine guns but oh, God forbid you show nipples.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. While we give kudos to Christensen’s embrace of the female form at all ages, we do have to say … do many 40-year-old women look as good as her naked? [Telegraph.co.uk] Keep reading »