Warning: The link to The Nu Project in this post takes you to, well . . . The Nu Project, which is a series of nude photographs of women. They are non-pornographic by nature, but you still probably shouldn’t look at them at work. And in case you’re worried: “All participants are over the age of 21 and signed model releases before appearing in the project. All ages are verified.”
You guys, I kind of want to do this. Have you seen? Are you now asking why I’d want to pose nude? Well, because (see warning above) The Nu Project is kind of amazing. And I never got to be a nude model for life drawing at the real college I went to before transferring to music school.
After years of seeing airbrushed/computer-generator women in magazines, I love the honesty of these photographs. I love these ladies for putting themselves out there. I just love it. I can’t help but wonder what life would be like for women and girls if they saw images like this instead of the manufactured images that we see everywhere. Participating in this project would be an incredible way to change the currently skewed perspective we all have about what women look like. I really do want to help women feel better about themselves. That, and world peace.
What do you think? Would you ever do something like this? I actually feel more confident about my body now that I’ve had kids. Maybe it’s because my breasts have lost any and all mystery through breastfeeding. Maybe it’s because my body has been through more than I thought it could handle, and I have the scars to prove it. Actually, it’s probably just all those years in theatre.
If The Nu Project ever comes to my town, and I sign up, I may or may not tell you about it. I was thinking of making the mom move to a one-piece swimsuit this year, but maybe I’ll keep on wearing my $8 two-piece from Target because it’s nice to be almost naked in the summer, and we don’t live in Europe where we could actually be naked. Oh yeah, I also just remembered that I’m trying to feel like a woman instead of a mom these days. Good talk, Melissa. (See what I did there?)