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Candice Swanepoel Naked

December 11, 2013 3 min read

  It's hard to say what inspired Candice to post such a provocative picture on Instagram. Whatever it was, it didn't last long as she deleted it shortly after. Maybe she really loved the way she looked in this picture (and who can blame her really). Personally if I looked like her, maybe I'd have naked pictures too! My willingness to share them may not be so eager but... Candice Swanepoel Naked But then it got me thinking - why shouldn't she post this? To me, as a female and an appreciator of photographer, nothing about this bothers me. It's incredibly tasteful, the lines in her body are beautiful - to me it's art. So why does this have to be a scandal? Why can't this just be another form of positive body images. She is clearly 100% comfortable in her skin and that is not an easy accomplishment. Regardless of what you weigh or how often you work out - being completely exposed (literally and figuratively) is NOT an easy feat. It opens you up to intense criticism from others, but also from yourself. I work part-time in a boudoir studio and it's probably one of the most interesting environments I've ever worked in. It's an all-female staff and so the environment is incredibly comfortable and playful (and we often have wine). But what really intrigues me is the women who come in and are 40-50 with 2+ kids and have never had their picture taken professionally before. I understand it's not for everyone, but some of these women have rarely worn makeup - so to see themselves all dolled up and in high-resolution can be a completely new experience. And almost 100% of the time, they will say something like
"Wow, I've never seen myself like that"
....and they LOVE it. They are blown away as to how gorgeous they are and for almost 50 YEARS....have not known it. It's simultaneously incredibly uplifting & very sad to see someone with this reaction. Within a few images, they find something out about themselves that they never saw before. They are beautiful, they are sexy and regardless of age, stretchmarks and children - they are beautiful! I just get sad when I realize it took them this long to know that about themselves. I challenge every woman out there to have your picture taken professionally. Regardless if it's boudoir, fine art nudes, or just head shots in your back yard. Make this your Christmas or Holiday present to yourself. If you are a hair and makeup person - splurge and get it done professionally as well. Hair and makeup for photography is a lot different than every-day & you will see an INCREDIBLE difference if it's done by a professional. And if you are nervous to see yourself in the pictures after - don't be. You will be so incredibly (and pleasantly) surprised as to how much it brings you up, not down. . Candice is obviously not 45 with two children, but her image represents the same message. Be proud of your body - in every stage of life. She just happens to be in her 20's. Does that mean she should be shamed for thinking she's beautiful?   And for all of those who are beyond curious...scroll down to see the uncensored version: EDIT: The image below  has not been "stolen" from anywhere - as the entire series was published in VMAN Magazine. She simply chose to remove it from her personal instagram feed                        

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