Klaudia has appeared at many websites and even magazines: Hegre-Art, Penthouse Germany (August 2008, she is on the cover), VIP-Nudes, and probably a lot of other places of which I am unaware.
BodyinMind is one of the few websites that I have come to relish. There is a clear difference in their approach to nudes, which is far from being characterized by misogyny, carelessness, or blind commodification. The pictures are full of respect for female beauty. I think that there's nothing worse than horribly profaning a woman's beauty through carelessness or mindless greed, which pretty much summarizes the approach of most of the websites.
I like it when beauty is represented for the wonderful representation of morals that it is, which is the unique approach of BodyinMind and Super Beauty, an approach that is indeed very rare and hard to grasp by many.
That's one of the reasons why I like BodyinMind, and why I like their pictures of Klaudia.
The world is full of beautiful women who constantly challenge the status quo and fight for their rights. Women who live their own vision of a world where they have control of their fates, of their beauty, and of their bodies. A world that doesn't penalize them for the anatomy of their bodies, a world that doesn't treat them like worldly possessions. A world where they don't have to submit to any ideology.
It is a fact that we're living in a world of inequality. A world where culture still influences and often punishes women for being free. Of course every culture is different, but most of the dominant cultures have a strange disrespect for young and old women, especially those who speak their minds. They were and still are called by different names. In the middle ages they were witches, now they're immoral women.
That's why I have such a great respect for all the women whom I have featured here on Graceful Nudes. They are the real heroines of this web site. That includes all those amazing Latin American women who posed for Walter Bosque. They help us move forward by generously sharing their beauty in those amazing tasteful nudes, by showing us their courage their courage, and even by sharing their stories through their images, through the freedom that they fight for. They are the real feminists.
They're beautiful, they're Latin American, and their images are true sources of inspiration. They're Latin godesses. I think that we should all be grateful to Walter Bosque and to all those brave and beautiful young women.
David Weisenbarger is featuring a series of beautiful nudes shot in the U.S., mostly featuring American models, on his website David-Nudes. I have to admit that the quality of some of his photographs do indeed surpass all of my expectations.
It's also saddening that genuine American nudes featuring beautiful models have rarely made it to the light. They are always either confined to obscure art galleries, or are simply non-existent. Most of the tasteful nudes here on GN come from Europe. There are many stereotypes about American models and locations, but David proves them wrong.
The scenery is simply amazing and Tatyana, his wife and his muse, is a wonderful lady who's full of energy and whose poses are full of human ambition. She makes those pictures whole with her simple presence. I think that she is the perfect model at such a remarkable place.
It's always refreshing seeing beautiful young ladies experiencing nature. Enjoying the happiness of life while feeling the sun, sand, and water gently touching their skin. The beauty in their eyes and the smiles on their faces tell the story. A story of freedom and self-exploration.
I think that this is one of the things that Domai deserves respect for. The ability to have pictures of models who are smiling in nature. A carefree smile is always beautiful.
Hypocrisy isn't not being true to others, it's not being true to oneself. We derive our own integrity from our ability to fulfill our desires as long as we do not inflict harm on others. This takes a lot of courage and challenges many traditions that only serve to achieve social stability through the destruction of individuality. That's why I think that the concept of humble modesty, in which one becomes untrue to oneself, and denies himself/herself the right to be a thinking individual, just as nature meant us to be, is among the most evil of concepts.
Modesty is another social game that we are supposed to play. It is an act of self-betrayal and self-sacrifice. We are nothing but ourselves, but when we suppress ourselves for the sake of the whims of others we lose everything. Social acceptance is not worth sacrificing one's beauty or one's integrity.
When we sacrifice ourselves it simply is like dying. All that is left within us becomes a desire to suppress others' ambitions and desires, then we are forced to lead miserable lives in which the adulation of others becomes the sole reason of our existence. It can't be called existence, for a person with a dead self doesn't exist, a person with a dead self morally dissolves, in a slow and nasty process of moral putrefaction.
Beauty is about being true to and loving oneself. It's about integrity. That's why beautiful models look that happy. Look into Peta Todd's eyes, you will find joy, a sense of being glad for being alive. This is true beauty, pure and simple. Only those who are true to themselves can enjoy being alive, and therefore can be beautiful.
Peta Todd's nudity isn't the key to her beauty, it's just a byproduct. Her beauty isn't about her being nude, it's about her being who she is, and not being ashamed of that.
Germany is a country that has a wonderful culture. The reality is often far from being similar to the stereotypes. The German language is an amazingly beautiful language - even when it's time to court someone - and German women are often very intelligent and very charming.
Yes, people from different countries always say that Germans have an obsession about cleanliness and order. However, many Germans will easily tell you that there are neighborhoods in Germany which are far from being spotless and that Austria looks more clean than Germany at times. There also are young people who are bored, have untidy closets, dirty apartments, and practically speak a new language - it's not just globalization. Germany just has its own culture and subcultures, just like any other country. It's true that "Ordnung muss sein" is a personal motto and even a law for some people, but I am sure that it's similar in a lot of other places.
There are many great things that are made in Germany, and those include those wonderful nudes by many photographers including Stefan Soell. Also, those brave young German models - Corinna, Anna-Leah, and Susann are wonderful examples - are often very vibrant and beautiful in their own way. It's no wonder that German women were mentioned in the German national anthem.
Mitzie is just as beautiful. It's really hard to describe beauty, it always transcends words. It's also hard to describe German beauty, it's always very special.
Romania is a beautiful country that lies in Eastern Europe, it has a somewhat traditional atmosphere and is a place where religion is cherished. However, this religious atmosphere doesn't affect the freedom of its citizens or restrict the display of nudity. The local editions of Maxim, Playboy, and even Hustler are available at every newsstand, and you're more likely to see women wearing more liberating outfits there than in some Western countries. It's a country where love truly is in the air.
In 2002, three beautiful and amazingly graceful Romanian athletes - Lavinia Milosovici, Claudia Presacan, and Corina Ungureanu - decided to share their beauty with the world by performing their amazing gymnastics topless for a Japanese magazine. The settings weren't erotic and the video they did only served to show their amazing grace and the beauty of their muscles that were carved by hours of merciless training. What they did get in return for their generosity and courage though was a harsh 5-year ban from coaching.
I doubt that any male athletes who would do the same would receive a similar verdict. Why does showing one's body earn you a punishment, if you're female that is? I think that this was more of a punishment for being courageous. A form of a destructive witch hunt that is fed by the perverse idea that nudity is immoral. The judges probably got to boast about their self-righteousness for a while.
It is an old incident, but what is it that brought it to mind, why I should I mention something that took place almost 8 years ago. The reason is simple, that story isn't about ordinary people, it's about Olympic stars, people who were able to achieve great status through endless hours of hard work. People whose work brings pride to entire nations, nations whose citizens most probably contributed nothing to earning that pride. It was an instant of the crushing of the spirit of liberation for the sake of social hypocrisy that takes place everywhere every single day.
Why do we have to punish females, or anyone for that matter, for taking control of their bodies? for being courageous, beautiful, or outspoken? Is it a punishment for thinking and deciding not to follow the herd, a punishment for being independent.
I am glad that despite all of this pressure and beauty-hating campaigns, brave women like Hayley Marie Coppin still decide share their beauty with us. Their courage is a source of inspiration for all of us. That also goes for the beautiful Romanian gymnasts, who despite becoming scapegoats, will always earn my respect and remain a source of inspiration, for their amazing beauty and grace are and shall remain timeless, and their courage will always be remembered. Like true heroines, they will never be forgotten.
Books are one of the few sources of pleasure in life. Their ability to absorb and ignite one's imagination is unmatched by television and the Internet (that is unless you're reading books on your computer). That encompassing quality is unsurpassed by anything else.
Personally, what I like about good photography books, despite their relative lack of words, is the fact that they're tangible and are beautifully arranged. I can bookmark a page and keep coming to it over and over again, or I can flip through one of them in the morning when I am having my coffee for inspiration.
So, I decided to make a list of books that look tempting. This list is more of a wishlist than of a list of the books that I do have, but those are the books that I am very likely to buy right away. I hope that you do like this list.
If you do have a favorite book that I missed then please feel free to mention it. I will be glad to add it to my wishlist. :)
There are very few people in the world who are as beautiful as Nikkala Stott. Few people who possess a smile as powerful as hers, who have such an amazing grace and self-confidence, who have discovered their beauty like she did.
I have read many people complain about the fact that they have never seen Nikkala Stott nude, which is strange, as what matters isn't full-frontal nudity, what matters is the beauty that permeates her wonderful pictures. The feelings that those pictures awaken in you, and the dream of a better world that they portray. This is the most important quality of any photo shoot, its ability to make us think.
This is exactly what makes Body In Mind my favorite website, their respect for the feminine beauty. That's why it's one of the few places that Nikkala Stott's pictures have appeared.
It has been a long time since I featured anything from MC-Nudes, and the reason is simple, their images are too explicit for me. I find some sort of disrespect for the female ideal when there's such a large-scale production of nudes, which normally leads to low standards when it comes to offering the world true beauty.
However, Susann is the exception as usual. It is somewhat strange that MC-Nudes is one of the few websites where she appeared, but a quick inspection proves that her standards are as wonderful as ever. Yes, the sets there aren't as good as those produced by Stefan Soell for FEMJOY, but she is amazingly beautiful, and that makes most of her sets amazing.
I will always be glad to make an exception for beauty, wherever it may be found.