Body Painting Day NYC 2015, Where “EVERY-BODY IS ART and EVERY-BODY IS UNIQUELY THE SAME”

Photographer: Caryn La Greca

Photographer: Caryn La Greca

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Body painting day is all about reflecting and portraying the GOOD NAKED BODY.

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Photographer: Chris Taylor

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There’s good naked, and there’s bad naked, and even if the distinctions seem unfair or irrational, most of us automatically recognize them. Generally we like to associate nudity with seductive moments rather than opening pickle jars or belt-sanding the floor.

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Photographer: Caryn La Greca

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Photographer: Caryn La Greca

Why are they down with “bad” naked as well as “good” naked? And why does naturism, or nudism, remain so marginalized in American society today?

Photographer: Caryn La Greca

Photographer: Caryn La Greca

Photographer: Caryn La Greca

Photographer: Caryn La Greca

I see the value in making our real bodies more visible. If the only naked bodies most of us see with regularity are movie stars’ with personal trainers, carb-free diets and Photoshoppers, our own unclothed forms seem more and more monstrous and misshapen.

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Photographer: Caryn La Greca

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Photographer: Caryn La Greca

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Photographer: Daniel Rose

“Naturism is a great antidote to all the messages [women] get from the media that they’re not good enough, too fat, too wrinkled, too old, etc.,” says the co-founder of Young Naturists America, who goes by the pseudonym Felicity Jones; and I agree with her.

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Photographer: Caryn La Greca

Photographer: Chris Taylor

Photographer: Chris Taylor

Social naturists, especially younger ones, have promoted this benefit, but you actually don’t have to be one to embrace their approach to counteracting body negativity. Women artists have embraced selfie series and photography exhibits that spotlight a broader range of bodies — older or fatter than what the media will show, or marked by stretch marks or surgery scars. Trending hashtags like ‪#‎freethenipple‬ and ‪#‎leakforjlaw‬have encouraged women to post topless or naked photos of their un-airbrushed bodies on Instagram and Twitter. Social media’s platform is perfectly designed to propel such visibility-focused grassroots campaigns. I’m happy to share with you the PearlPerri series of ‪#‎everybodyisart‬‪#‎everybodyisunique‬ and #freethenipple

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Don’t miss Body Painting Day 2016 on July 9th in NYC!

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