The greatest thing about beauty is that it offers hope in a dysfunctional world. It gives the working man or woman a reason to be happy about their lives, to be glad at what they've accomplished, to aspire for more, and to live with a lasting sense of inner-peace and self worth.
A quick hour spent listening to the addictive evening news bulletin only tells you how alienating our world is. There are people dying in one of the most miserable and unlucky continents on this planet: people seeing their loved ones die, and who still have to fight for survival, and yet, the rest of the world can't offer its help thanks to a group of militants who are supposedly religious. I do not know how anyone can claim to be following a religion or even a primeval code while denying help to fellow human beings. A quick spin upwards shows a peaceful nation that has learned how much damage a single man with a gun can do. Another spin to the west, and we find a nation in which the politicians, who by definition are suffering from dissociation and a tinge of sardonic egomania, deciding on gambling with the livelihood of millions or probably billions of people around the world just to satisfy their schadenfreude and a burning desire to humiliate a man that they do not agree with. A last scroll to the eternally turbulent Middle East, and its a flashback to the fall of the soviet union, but it is more bloody. How can you point a tank's barrel at a condo that houses tens of families, press a button, and see it disappear in a few milliseconds without having any guilt about it? Do you know how long it took people to build it? to decorate their homes? to collect their memories in small gemstones and statues? Little tim who saved his entire allowance to buy a poster of his favorite superhero only to be disappointed by realizing that the superhero can't protect him against the appaling cults of self-worship. How can you do it so that you can stay in power? a power that you supposedly derive from the same people that you're killing, and whose houses you are destroying? How can you send your militias of terrorists to hurt innocent civilians whose only guilt is asking for their human dignity and their basic rights? That's all beyond my comprehension.
Dictators and terrorists lie without any guilt on TV, they murder people and do their best to destroy hope. Patriotism is shoved down our throats to keep us submissive and to make us accept what we're supposed to challenge, but waving a flag doesn't guarantee a better future. There's a reason hope was the last thing in Pandora's box. No matter how much adulation and worship some murderer gets, there's always the hope of justice, which, according to history, often manifests itself in an apparition of Ma'at or Themis.
In such an artificially miserable world, it almost feels as if all our work is ultimately ephemeral. There's beauty in what we create, in our relationships with our partners, or even in our dreams of those relationships. As ordinary citizens of the world, all we want to do is to create something remarkable and impart a part of our soul on it, to find an understanding partner, and to be able to have a cup of coffee late at night from your balcony in peace, but it seems that some people consider that too much to ask for.
We need to have pride in who we are; some glimpse of hope that asserts that we're unlike those selfish egomanical personalities who infest every government of this planet. That there are other human beings who are ethical, and who don't make headlines just for being the great people that they are. There's beauty about being human. We can look at skyscrapers with awe, or at bridges that encroach upon the domain of whales and defy the elements of nature, or at our footsteps on the moon. Those are all objects that represent the greatness of who we are, of what we can accomplish. Those are great reminders that we are just as good at building things as we are at destroying them. Most of us didn't actually contribute into the creation of those objects, but they're a symbol of the achievements of the human mind, a reminder of the value of our brains.
Nudes are also a magnificent form of beauty. They are about absolute human attributes; They aren't about the model or her body: A picture can only give you a tantalizing glimpse of a personality, and a perfect human form can be generated using simple 3D software. The form in those images is familiar, it resembles us, and it allows our minds to construct a personality around what our brains recognizes as beautiful human beings. We give them personalities, we give them the attributes that we truly value, we turn them into legendary superheroes, and then we start considering what we need to do to resemble that image, to be more like them, to be as beautiful, and to be more proud of who we are. We all have an image of who we want to be inside us, beauty comes dressed in that image to remind us of our long-forgotten dreams and aspirations.
It is a genuinely selfish value. It is a mirror of who we are, and at the same time it reminds us to make the most of our lives, to love ourselves, and to learn to wish ourselves better lives without feeling guilty about it. When it's a person of a different color in the image, or a disabled person, or someone who's different in any way, it teaches us to empathize.
In my humble opinion, that's the message of beauty that no censor can destroy, that no beauty-hater can sabotage with any amount of vitriol of destructive hypocritic self-righteousness. A person who looks in a mirror and sees the monsters that they have become will certainly do their best to destroy those mirrors.
There's so much to live for, and the world will remain beautiful as long as we believe in who we are and believe in our beauty.
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a British photographer called Allan T. Scott, who sent me some breathtaking samples of his work with some very beautiful British nude models.
We decided on showing a small sample of his works here. With three alluring English models who prove that beauty isn't confined to Eastern Europe, and that there are some very talented nude photographers in the English-speaking world.
I admit that my favorite is Roseanna. Her poses are breathtaking and there's something captivating about her eyes. I hope that you like those sets, and if you want to see some more, you should probably head to FemNudes, that's where the rest of the collection of Allan's British nudes can be found.
Cowardice is the greatest enemy of one's ego. The only thing that may shatter your existence is a moment of surrender to fear. It has been used many times throughout history to rob people of their unalienable rights. I am not just referring to the Middle East and the state of paranoia many states are indulging in. I am referring to fears that are being capitalized by mere demagogues to rise to power. Bogeymen that spring up in every single country in the world to make the people bow down to those who perceive themselves to be divine shepherds.
In the United States, it's the immigrants, abortion clinic doctors, and homosexuals who are behind and indeed are the justification for the mistakes of years, if not decades, of mismanagement that are quickly making the US lose its lead. In Europe, it also is the immigrants and the rogue states which are overspending. In the Middle East it is fanaticism. Every nation has its leaders with their bogeymen ready in an eternal stand-by mode, the bogeymen may spring to existence overnight to force the world populations into blind submission or mindless sedation. To strip them of their humanity.
Hearing most world leaders treating groups of people who rose up to demand their freedom and basic rights - just as the Founding Fathers rose against tyranny - some of which are fighting (and dying) in what reminds me of the American War of Independence, according to their strategic importance, and not based on the fact that the declaration of independence and most of the values enshrined in most of our modern constitutions call for liberty and equality of all the human race, was an utter shock. Aren't we all human? Why is torture okay overseas, why did some nations even give those despotic nations the tools with which to torture their populations and stifle dissent, while turning a blind eye to their practices. Is oil worth that much? Is it worth the approvement of deaths, tortures, and sexual assault through shameful silence? I'd rather ride my bike than know that my next trip to the gas station may help some deranged maniac in some obscure country trample on the rights of its people in what truly resembles an Orwellian world.
It is fear that makes us betray who we are. Room 101 makes you betray yourself before you betray anyone else. A truly self-loving person would never tolerate such a deranged form of self-mutilation. The mutilation of the entire human race by the fact that peaceful people may die in the thousands just for daring to have a different opinion.
Did that happen because those alleged leaders are implementing similar measures in their home countries? Let's see: The Arizona law which sanctifies racial profiling and the abuse of different-looking people. The Wisconsin bill which is attempting to take away a fundamental right from minimum-wage civil servants. The outrageous body searches at airports, and of course random wiretapping. Basic rights that are being eroded in the name of security. It's no different in Berlusconi's Italy or Putin's Russia.
The answer to all of that is true innovation, is listening to our brains for once, it is realizing that what we do may have a negative impact somewhere else. Is letting the true message of beauty get to us. We are not that different, we all have the same basic rights, and we all need to strive to reach our full potential. This is the true message of beauty, a message that those wonderful ladies fully embody and represent.
I truly wish for world peace, and for the people of the world to live safely and happily. Without any artificial divides, and without those in power intentionally tearing them apart in their crack-like addiction to power.
The founding fathers were right, and now we're seeing young founding fathers recreating some glorious revolutions of that past. History is on their side, and hopefully, they will have a role in shaping their future. It's what they earn.
This reminds me of a cheap bumper sticker: the United States is the land of the free thanks to the brave. The world will always be free as long as we can muster our bravery and protect our rights.
I personally think that honesty is the most important virtue about any person. Being honest means that you have enough respect and love for yourself to not lie about who you are, what your passions are, or what you love. It isn't always easy being honest, and we're fed so much hypocrisy growing up that sometimes lying about who we are becomes a second nature.
All those lies eventually make us hate who we are, they make us hate the beautiful things about life. They make us beauty-haters. I always feel confused when I see someone praising some imaginary values at the top of their lungs; I don't know whether to feel sorry for them or despise them for their lost souls.
It's very similar when I hear about a friend who discovers that his/her partner lied about some profound things about who they are. I always feel sorry for my friends and their lying partners, because I know that both of them wasted their time loving imaginary characters.
I think that those who feel how hurtful dishonesty is are those who have to be dishonest to avoid being harmed by others. Persecuted people sadly still exist in this world, and I think that the most painful thing about persecution is that you have to lie about who you really are.
I recently shared my fascination about nudes with a friend of mine that I care for. She accepted it, and I feel more secure now knowing that I am there as myself, not as an imaginary someone else who's slightly or grossly different.
I never lied about my passion for beauty. How can you be ashamed of admiring your values being embodied in a simple picture of a beautiful female, of reveling in the beauty of humanity?
Lying about our interests, our passion, or our love for ourselves turns us into mechanic monsters who don't have the ability to tell between who they really are and whom they pretend to be. It's far from being pleasant, it's outright dangerous.
This is an essay titled "Coed Sleepovers" contributed by one of the site's visitors: David Hopkins. It's really worth a read as it raises up a very important question.
We sleep to rest ourselves, to regain our energy to use for the next day. However, I do not understand why we always equate sleeping with sex.
I have two friends: Mike and Sarah. I have never had a sexual relationship with Sarah and I do not want to either. My father says that friends of the opposite gender do not even have sleepovers because their genders are different. If I were to have a sleepover with Mike, my Dad would feel fine. Nobody would see it as sexual activity or that we are homosexual.
However, if I asked to have a sleepover with Sarah, Dad would not let me and Sarah would refuse. Why? For the sole reason that she is a girl. It does seem rather sexist.
Besides, even if I did intend such a sleepover to be sexual, so what? Teens go on dates which they intend to practice their sexuality. Yet, other casual friends exist of the opposite gender. Casual friendship is about what friends are like by their character and interests, not about gender.
Every single night, I sleep to rest myself, and I do not want people to tell me that I would be engaged in sexual activity if only a female, any female were sleeping in the room. People fall asleep on planes and buses anyway.
Sure, sleeping with or near someone of the opposite sex can be sexual. I would feel aroused if it were someone on whom I felt sexual or had a relationship, but someone like Sarah? I could never feel aroused by someone by whom I did not feel sexual in the beginning.
Several years from now, I do hope to marry, and when we do, our bed will become the most sexual place we could possibly be. Probably, another part of the reason why we sleep is so that we can spend some intimate time alone with our partners.
If I were to have a sleepover with Sarah, we would not actively be participating in sexual activity. We would merely have a presence of each other. Who is to dictate that by day, most people of the opposite gender are merely people, but by night, every single one of them transforms into a sex object? Let's take into consideration gender equality.
In my opinion, forbidding coed sleeping is like the Berenstein Bears story, 'No Girls Allowed' in which the boys make a club just to shut Sister Bear and the other girls out. If the people involved in the sleepover, are not intimately bonded, sex segregation is unfair, and unnecessary.
Should all dormitories be coed then? I would say not. We must respect other peoples' opinion of how they would feel about people of the opposite gender of a dormitory.
Would such a slumber party automatically, inevitably, and uncontrollably transform into an orgy party? Casual friends of the opposite gender do many things together: eat, play, watch movies, talk, go out; so, why not sleep? We only see two people of the opposite gender sleeping with each other as only sexual because that is typically the context in which people of the opposite sex do it.
If coed sleeping were only sexual, homosexual people would never be able to have a nonsexual sleepover, or sleep in a dormitory without people of their sex arousing them or their arousing people of the opposite sex. Describing coed sleeping as solely sexual violates equality rights between genders, and compromises principles which encourage other people, especially between friends, to evaluate a person from his or her inside.
A great essay by David Hopkins that he wrote in high school.
Nikkala's Stott most remarkable feature has to be her eyes. They truly glisten whenever she smiles, again, filling whoever who's lucky enough to witness her smile with a sense of beauty and love for life.
This gallery is an innocent joke on the common request to see Nikkala Stott fully nude, which hasn't been fulfilled to date. What Nikkala really shows in this gallery, apart from her amazing self-confidence and goodness-dispersing beauty, is a very lucky stuffed toy. A beaver with the flag of Canada - the country of Dwayne, and the location where this was shot - on it. That lucky beaver is even up for sale on eBay right now.
I think that we're very lucky to witness such kindness and beauty. Whether full frontal nudity is an element or not. Beauty isn't about genitalia, it's about personality, and Nikkala has more than enough of that.
Every website that is has an ethical philosophy strives to show the human side about its models, those women who brighten their pages and make the wonderful but tiring process of capturing beautiful process worthwhile. Most people say that they envy photographers for the fact that they get to meet the models, and I do agree. However, my envy is more related to the fact that they get to interact with the models, to see the human side that makes their beauty so striking, so real.
I have seen many nudes during the three positive years during which this website has been online, and I have to admit that I did see a lot of models who meet the 'beauty standards', with all the right measurements, facial symmetry, and even nationality. However, a lot of those models didn't appear truly beautiful in their images, and those who did always turned out to have great personalities - as evidenced in many interview videos that some websites have. I personally think that it's this human aspect that makes nudes, or human beauty, have that strikingly powerful uplifting effect on my psyche.
Cynicism is always a temptation in real life. It's more than easy to be unethical and to justify it through the belief that human nature is evil - religiosity is also a form of passive aggressive cynicism. It's a positive feedback cycle, unethical behavior tends to create more unethical behavior, and ethical behavior tends to promote ethical behavior, there's nothing mysterious about that.
So, in the times when it seems that I am floating in a sea of hypocrisy and corruption, nudes serve as an oasis. As a testament to human greatness and to human beauty. Nudes with a personal twist are even more alluring, they provide an impetus to be ethical, to remain faithful to one's own ideals. To reach my potential. They're hope. Hope for a better future and a better world. I have explained many times why any legislation that is out there to outlaw the display of the human body, one of the strongest characteristics and most beautiful aspects of humanity, is a tyranny's way of suppressing hope by promoting all that's unethical and depriving us of the respect that we have to ourselves as individuals, as a species, and as living beings.
In those Canada candids, Dwayne and Leanne Bell decided to share the experience that they had with the models. To allow us to take a peek behind the curtains and find out the secret to a woman's beauty. I hope that you'll like it.
This is one of the very few times that I will actually recommend that you join a website, but take my word on this, this gallery is simply amazing. It was really tough choosing those few images out of the many fantastic images that are in there. If you're a fan of Nikkala Stott, Peta Todd, or human beauty, then get a BodyInMind membership, you won't regret it. If you do, you can write to me and I will gladly take the blame. Just tell me off in an e-mail.
There is a universal human language. It doesn't matter if you're stranded in a foreign country without knowing a local word, people will still know that you're in distress without you having to say a word. This is also true of the presence of a universal human beauty, a beauty that is in all of us, but that is clearly manifest in all of Nikkala's pictures. It takes time and patience to master one's own beauty, and it takes a great soul in order to be able to inspire others by it. This is why I know that most of the models that appear here on GN are beautiful, and this is why I am sure that Nikkala is a very special person in real life.
Take a look at her Page 3 (page3.com) pictures - she's currently on the front page - and make a simple comparison. Despite all the horrible make up she still retains her beauty and offers something that transcends all the silly make up and props, she offers a glimpse of the ultimate human beauty. A beauty of self-achievement and self-respect, a beauty of being able to be the mistress of her own self.
That beauty shines in all those BodyInMind pictures more than the pictures available anywhere else, and the reason is simple, simplicity. Dwayne Bell knows what human beauty is and he knows that it doesn't need any silly props - there are a few exceptions, some of his new galleries have such strange props - so he doesn't ask for any. There recently was a set called Take 5, in which the natural spontaneous beauty of the model resulted in a photo shoot more beautiful than the intended one. This is one of the things that I like about BodyInMind, their understanding and respect for human beauty. Few people are brave enough to acknowledge the importance of beauty in our lives, and even fewer people are brave enough to admit it and to present that beauty to the world.
I do feel lucky that I have the privilege of giving the gift of beauty to the world. Giving away something that can actually make a difference.
As Dwayne always says: Think beautiful!
This is a gallery of some screenshots from the HD version of Nikkala Stott's "a little hitch video". It contains lossless PNG images which are quite large in size, loading it will take a while, so I only recommend visiting it if you have a fast Internet connection.
Nikkala Stott is a modern day goddess, she doesn't need an Atheneum, and neither does she punish those who are lucky enough to witness her glory. I think that we're very lucky that she has decided to pose for all those BodyInMind galleries, and more recently, BodyInMind videos.
Nikkala Stott is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but what is it about her that makes her so graceful, so charming? It can't be anything about her body, as there are other models with perfect bodies but who are not as beautiful. Is it that her photos appeared at BodyInMind, there are other models on BodyInMind who are also beautiful, but there aren't a lot of models who are as special as Nikkala Stott.
I think it has something to do with a certain spark in her eyes, something mysteriously related to her mind, to her ideas, to the hope in her eyes when she looks in the distance, to the ambition she displays when she looks up to the sky, or to her confident benevolence. It's something related to all those ideals that make us who we are, the ideals without which we lose our identity and become mindless parasites instead of glorious creators.
She represents humanity, she looks like the rest of us, but she's different. She's not afraid to have a vision, an individual spirit. She's not ashamed of who she is and of what she has achieved and can achieve. Shame only brings humiliation, and a free human being can never be hurt or humiliated.
What makes Nikkala beautiful is her humanity that she boldly displays. The humanity that she has managed to preserve. The humanity, that once we discover, we become truly free.
What makes Nikkala beautiful is her freedom and her ideals, those are the things that make all of us beautiful.