To pose or not to pose nude? the thin line between artistic nudity and pornography in modeling.

Every day, every hour and minute, the fashion industry is flocked with people who fantasize about modeling. A wannabe’s assumption of a model stems from naivety and their perception of what modeling is, as portrayed by the mainstream media. To be a fashion model is to be diverse and flexible; hence, the most sensitive part of modeling usually sets in –the idea of posing nude. It sounds exciting when nudity calls –as I love to call them –come calling to so many models like a plague. While other models are comfortable in their own skins posing nude, others are driven by the fear of missing out, yet others, are doing it just for formality. Before we pride ourselves in our nudity glory, I think it wise to understand what both, artistic nudity and porn stand for. Porn is the depiction of erotic behavior with the intention to cause sexual excitement/arousal; Artistic nudity however, is in itself, an expression of human creativity. It is more personified where the nude object acts as a vessel to convey the message of the artist. Please note, it might rub off sensuality, in some cases.

  
The fashion industry has honked a way of portraying the naked body in form of art without offending its dignity. This indeed, often times, tends to be wrongly used or misappropriated by models in the lame sense of nude pictorials being a pass to having a blissful career in modeling. There is, however, a very thin line between artistic nudity and porn. Hypothetically speaking, the human body comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and all forms of imperfections. Not Every body type is meant for that nude ,albeit, curvy and plus size models of this age have somewhat broken this stereotype in so many campaigns. Having understood that, we ought to divorce the idea that posing nude gives you super model entitlement, from our thinking.

Models tend to take cheap racy pornographic pictures and delude themselves that it is artistic nudity. From my experience, a nude picture is heavily dependent on the photographer and an art director, which is why; many super models attribute their break throughs to photographers. One picture can make or break a model’s career. I have also come to realize that posing nude alone does not raise as much debate and such a picture’s chances of passing for porn are very few. Am afraid I can’t say the same when my eyes stumble on two human body figures, regardless whether of the same sex or not, that picture will always have a hint of porn and often screams kamasutra. It will only take fashion slaves like the Emolsam DNA duo and people of our likes to understand, not any ordinary human.

Producing nude art comes down to good light composition and calculated body placement—posing. I advise fashion models to know their angles, for better execution, use fashion photographers that know how to light the nude –and creative directors. Body placement is vital in producing a high-end risqué-nude. Nudes are surreal that even when a mere fingure is not placed right, say in between loosely open lips, can alter the whole meaning of the nude into a whole new sense of porn. Skin folds and so many other unattractive things could be avoided by having art directors on set, for, they (directors) can control the nude complexity and make a nude seen in its entirety seem abstract.

Fashion tradition has it that nudity is completely accepted –I agree—but are we earning as big as Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Grace Bol or Aamito Lagum? If it is not about bagging huge sums of cash, then it ought to be about where you are headed, or you could just want to pose nude, just for just… Oh! Did you know, that posing nude is NOT a MUST and has to be done at will? Yes, you can turn down a nudity deal after weighing your chances. Posing nude calls for terms and conditions to be set, especially when having confidentiality and trust issues. Alternatively, models internationally have posed nude and kept their nude images on the low by keeping them in their portfolios for only potential clients to see and not publishing them online. That way, models who feel the urge to pose nude, can control who can access them and have rights to sue the photographers should their pictorials ever be put out there without their consent. Posing nude can cause you a career hazard if not well calculated and executed.


At the instance of becoming first lady of the United States of America, former model Melania Trump, was under scrutiny for her nude photo shoot with the British GQ. Please note that, even when that shoot resurfaced to haunt her, it did not do much damage because it was well calculated. Like it or not, your nude image will have an impact on your future, you might be perceived as a slut, seen as a sexual object and referred to as san fernando valley nude house honcho of sorts. I say to you today, that you shall not avoid the whole sense of immoral conduct surrounding the whole nudity thing. Posing nude will determine what you can or cannot do in this world. Just make sure, before you go for it, you have set your future aspirations straight and you aren’t planning on knocking on any office door looking for a job or pursuing anything like a political or leadership career. I mean, you are likely to be headed for self-employment or forever keep in the fashion circles where you will never be condemned, nor questioned for your nude craft.

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  1. You are so right…. There is definitely…people have to recognize the thin line before calling all nudity porn. Thank you for this!

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