Throughout history, artists have seen the nude figure as a beautiful expression of womanhood, in all its glorious shapes and sizes. But ask the average female how she views her own bod in the buff and it gets a lot more complicated. Nakedness reveals everything we usually get to hide: vulnerabilities that date back to high school, parts you struggle to love or just outright hate , scars, stretch marks, etc. Women's Health conducted a reader survey in to chart that complex relationship we have with our stripped-down selves. Now, though it's just four years later, a lifetime of change has occurred on the body front.
This Is How Women Today REALLY Feel About Getting Naked
Naked ambition: I went nude speed dating – and you should too | The Independent
Expert stylist Gok Wan tries to convince year-old, size 16 Susan Sharpe from Yorkshire that her body isn't as bad as she thinks and to take part in a naked photoshoot! Fashion stylist Gok Wan is on a mission to bring some loving to a body-loather. His challenge is to get year-old mother-of-two Claire Green to look and feel good naked. Fashion stylist Gok Wan is on another tricky mission to bring some loving to a body-loather and his challenge is to make Roberta Fox Braddock look good naked. Twenty-five-year-old Rubie Poonia hates her size 18 body and thinks it's too big to be beautiful.
Needless to say, I did not. But this stands out as one of the more publishable pieces of advice I received before I went naked speed dating. The format is simple: regular speed dating, with four-minute meetings, a mingle and a yes, no or friends column to tick. The only thing missing, in fact, is your apparel. Just 20 quid will buy you a look at 30 odd sets of genitalia — although not, apparently, a bottle of wine at the pricey Balham venue, The Exhibit pub no pun intended.
A 'healthy body' looks and feels very different on each and every one of us. Sadly though, research conducted by Women's Health as part of our campaign, Project Body Love , found that three-quarters of British women don't feel confident in their own skin. The reality is, for most women, being naked is not a feel-good place to be. It's wanting to embrace the female form in all of its diverse glory that inspired Women's Health's very first Naked Issue back in , for which actress Zoe Saldana fronted the magazine's cover in the nude, with trainer Tracey Anderson and former reality star Millie Mackintosh going buff within the pages.