To those who wish to change the world for the better, there is a very common warning: “Be careful what you wish for, for you will surely get it. The converse of this bit of wisdom is less said, but equally true, and extremely pertinent to today’s gallery. It goes like this: “Be careful what you wish away, for you will surely lose more than you know.”
There is no more wondrous beauty than that of a lovely young woman happily baring her body & soul. We hope the beauty of Laura can make everyone think twice about the mounting movement to ban nudity from public display, and how much they will lose from it. For example, this particular set was shot on a very special public beach in the UK in the middle of summer. It is one of the increasingly rare places of incredible natural beauty where this is still possible.
If nudity ever gets so stigmatized that it becomes impossible you would lose not only this set, but all nudes in nature. Models like Laura would lose their careers and you would lose all photos of women beautiful enough to be models. So before you think that campaigns against Page3 or girly mags or bikinis in stores or sexy ads don’t concern you or your love of natural nudes, think again.
We’ve worked with Kelly Hall so many times in the last few years that we felt like we knew her personally.
Her work with other photographers for us was always gorgeous and fun, and we knew she had a happy, vibrant personality to go along with her megawatt smile, but we’d never had the opportunity to actually meet her in person until very recently on our trip to the UK when we were lucky enough to be able to shoot with her ourselves – a longtime goal for both of us. It was beyond amazing. In person Kelly is even more vibrant, more fun, and more beautiful than photos can capture.
She has an infectious laugh and a wicked sense of humour, is as generous and open as your best friend, and a total pro as a model. Truly one of the most delightful people we’ve ever met.
As photographers we were thrilled to discover she also has that elusive top gear, easily shifting into being sexy, sultry and sophisticated on top of everything else. She really does have it all – beauty, charm, wit, intelligence, and sizzling hot sex appeal. The ideal combination for creating the ultimate scorching beauty. In fact we doubt there’s a sunscreen manufactured anywhere with an SPF factor high enough to allow perfectly safe viewing of this set of the incomparable Kelly Hall.
We’ve been trying to do some pics of Rhian without make-up for a few years now but for one reason or another it’s not happened until now.
Our personal view is that make-up is one of the few holdovers from another century that is still popular in this one. Obviously it was invented to make women look more beautiful, but how did we decide on big eyelashes, dark eyelids, even skin, rosy cheeks, high cheekbones and red wet lips? Easy. Each of these represents a desirable quality. Big eyelashes represent youth, dark eyelids represent seriousness, even skin represents health, rosy cheeks represent purpose, high cheekbones represent strength and red, wet lips represent sexual availability.
Beauty is the representation of values, and since make-up represents those values, it creates beauty. But it’s our belief that there are more important values in life than the ones represented by make-up. For example, intelligence, benevolence, morality, courage, innocence, wisdom, etc.
We find that NOT wearing make-up is the best way to project these qualities. Which is why NOT wearing make-up can often make a woman more beautiful than wearing it can. We think this is true in this set of Rhian. What do YOU think?
Fear and hatred of the female body run deep in many Britons. In France, not so much. In fact, many British women (and the men who hope to sleep with them) hate it so much that they have 200,000 signatures on a petition to ban the topless female body from public places, specifically, from Page 3 of The Sun newspaper.
Sounding exactly like religious fanatics, they cite their belief that Page 3 is nothing but porn and doesn’t belong in public. What a sorrowful lack of vision these women – and men – seem to have, apparently seeing nothing noble, honorable, or beautiful in Page 3, and perhaps in the female body in general? Just across the channel, however, France is still honouring the female body in public places, government buildings, even on their money, and has been for about 300 years, in the form of la Marianne, the topless female symbol of Liberty and Reason captured so beautifully in the painting by Delacroix.
La Marianne was the perfect heroine to the French Revolution, breaking with male-dominated imagery just as the French people were breaking with tyranny of the State.
This view of the nude female as something profound can be seen around the world today whenever you see a bare breast in an old public sculpture, usually representing Truth, Justice, Freedom, or Victory. But why should these pillars of civilization be relegated to the past and forgotten in crumbling monuments? We think the women of Great Britain should adopt Page 3 as their symbol of female power and freedom, just as the women of FEMEN, a Ukrainian pro-woman revolution has adopted a topless woman as their symbol of peaceful feminine resistance, rebellion and independence.
The NOMOREPAGE3ers of Britain claim to be part of a revolution to break with what they claim is a patriarchy (take THAT Queen Elizabeth), yet if that is true, they have a least one good reason to defend images of free topless women, and one less reason to attack them. Britons demanding NOMOREPAGE3 is like the French denouncing the Marianne.
Especially considering that women in Britain are among the freest in the world, it would be an epic fail of national proportion
Beauty and Mellisa Clarke. Two things that go hand in hand.
In my world the word was created for her. And no better place on the World Wide Web to showcase this than right here on Body in Mind.
From her beautiful, radiant eyes that will melt your heart if you look into them for longer than 2 seconds, right down to her pretty foot tattoos, every inch of Mel is a sight to behold. But if you think her talents end there then you’re sorely mistaken. In a world where so many misguided, ill-informed people come to the conclusion that models are nothing more than sex objects, Mel is one of many that defy this ridiculous logic on a daily basis.
As a highly talented DJ she has travelled across the US dj’ing for the Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque show. And also wows crowds on an almost weekly basis for Total Uprawr. Two massively successful careers and all at the age of 22.
Not even the sky can limit the rising star of Mellisa Jade Clarke.
Feminists tell us we’re just a poor excuse for porn, that we should just admit we’re pervs drooling at women.
Porn lovers tell us we’re a poor excuse for a philosophy site, that we should just drop all the words and just give them something to drool at.
Now BiM might not always have the absolute best photography out there (although we think much of it is), and our ideas might not all be new and brilliant (although most of them are), but we have one thing that most philosophy and beauty photography miss, and that is, that they belong together.
The desire to remove our minds from sex is the desire to get away with perversion, and the desire to remove sexuality from philosophy is the desire to get away with prudishness. What’s surprising is that in the common example we gave it’s the feminists who want to remove the mind from sex and the pervs who want to remove the sex from philosophy! But this shouldn’t be too surprising since hatred of sex and/or the mind is hatred of what makes us fundamentally human, so anyone who wants to separate them is bound to become something perfectly preposterous.
Somehow we simply don’t mind looking silly to such people.
Today we see naked women in the news, in the streets, in our movies, on our televisions, and in our magazines. And if you work at Body in Mind you even see them at your job.
But none of that really matters if you don’t have a naked woman at home. All of those other places and publications are really meant to show you how to get a naked woman in your own home, in your own life, in your own way. You can be an artist, an athlete or an anthropologist; you can be 18, 38 or 68; you are never too old or too out of touch to want or to get a lovely naked woman in your home, which means, in your life.
And all you have to do to get it is be interesting or in love enough to make a woman want to be that lady. But it’s not always the easiest thing to do. So we dedicate this set of Rachelle Wilde naked in her own home to all those men who don’t yet have a naked lady in theirs.
And to all the naked ladies in the world who will always have a home in our hearts.