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To Opium, wherever she is
She was a stripper with perfect breasts and a dazzling white smile. And watching her play pool has stayed with me for over 20 years.
The reason she is burned in my brain was that Opium liked to play in the nude. It was mind- blowing watching her, watching her as she easily and happily chatted with the guys she played with, while everyone else in the place oggled her lovely body.
In fact, I was not alone in observing the marvellous type of beauty she created - in spite of the strippers on stage arching their backs and gyrating their hips, most of the eyes in the place were on Opium playing pool.
The type of beauty Opium created that night was what we call 'superbeauty' - beauty that is stronger than sex. It was the result of a woman allowing her beauty to exist for its own sake, performing no utilitarian purpose. She was not trying to get men excited, she was not trying to make money. She was simply naked. And thus, superbly beautiful.
The rarity of this phenonmenon makes me aware that there are too few, very restricted and traditional ways to enjoy the site of a woman's body for its own sake, and even fewer ways to enjoy a woman showing it. Sure we have nudist colonies and, well...well actually, that's it. We have nudist colonies. They are the only situation mankind has ever created on purpose to enjoy the sight of a pretty woman naked for its own sake. Yet the kind of beauty Opium exuded could not exist in such a place. She was so beautiful partly because everyone else around her was clothed. It was only her unique loveliness that let her get away with being completely and acceptably naked in a social setting. Her beauty put her in a special class of human beings, a class that was not required to wear clothes.
It's amazing to me that mankind has never invented anything to showcase the beauty of women the way Opium did. Sure we have strip joints, wet-T shirt contests, men's mags and porno movies, but these are all rank with false sexuality, and often with abject crude tastelessness.
Opium demonstrated that sex needn't play a part in our love for female beauty. It's enjoyable for its own sake. It's a perfect thing to do and be a part of, in and of itself. There was no chance of any of the men exploiting the situation into a sexual opportunity. Leaving her clothes off after her set was as far as she was going to go. She was not interested in having sex with anyone. And it was all she needed to do to make the sitaution intensely enjoyable for everyone. How could you create more intense beauty than this, or more safely?
Brave girls like Opium demonstrate that there is room in our society and in the world for this form of pleasure to take on new forms, for situations where a woman can be topless or even nude without endangering or compromising her safety and freedom, but which allow her the pleasure of roaming through the world nude, admired and exhilarated by her own value, by a beauty that she shines on everyone with every move she makes. Such women give men the pleasure of being trusted and rewarded for their truly chivalrous character, the character that inspires them to protect lovely ladies instead of raping and murdering them.
Beautiful, brave women deserve to be admired. We need to create situations in which this is possible. I believe the antics which go on during Spring Break in Florida are an awkward and unsightly attempt by young people to introduce precisely this kind of dynamic situation/setting in to a social norm. My only complaint about Spring Break is that the events and entertainments are overtly sexual and show little if any sophistication. But then sophistication takes time. After all, even the highest forms of gallentry and feminity in love and in art is really nothing more than human reproductive copulation modified and improved by centuries of sophistication, and embued with civility, romance, and glamour.
Similarly, the tweaking and perfecting of nude art took centuries to reach its current levels of artistic freedom and diversity. Thus, women going nude or topless in public with admiring men around will also take centuries to perfect. But I believe Spring Break and Mardi Gras escapades are the start of something wonderful, and I believe that Opium playing pool nude was a glimpse down the road to its wonderful eventual sophistication.
For those of us who can't wait, Alexander Federov has perfectly captured the loveliness of Opium playing pool in our latest Body in Mind gallery. Enjoy.
Sex is nice, but beauty is better
Beauty sells. At least according to beauty philosopher, D.Bell, it does. "We've been told so many times - without proof - that it's sex that sells, that most people believe it without question. The problem with this theory is that it's simply not true", he says, "In fact, if you look at what is actually attracting people to a product or production these days, you'll see that it's not sex, it's beauty. No one is having actual sex in car commercials, or on prime time television - at least not yet - and if you look at what is actually attracting people to sex these days, that is, to pornography, you can't help but notice the exceptionally gorgeous actresses employed in it who are making it so increasingly popular. Notice, beauty is selling sex." More...
A women's beauty is like spaghetti
For many men the coming of spring heralds the end of a big freeze and the return of beautiful women baring their bodies in public in the latest skimpy feminine fashions.
Unfortunately, these are men who have no woman of their own.
We feel sorry for men like this. Women are meant to be enjoyed all year round, and not just clothed, but nude as well. In fact, it can easily be accomplished, a) if you're a nude photographer, or b) if you have a beautiful girlfriend or wife who loves you.
Alexander Federov is a brilliant nude photographer who shows us exactly what it's like to have a beautiful woman in your life. His photos of Sabine capture the experience and the feelings of fun and fantasy that go with it. Go ahead and enjoy this glimpse of success, and be inspired to achieve it for yourself. You can have it, if you want it.
But it requires doing more than just waiting for spring and begging public displays of beauty like pigeons scrambling for crumbs in the park. It takes character. It requires you to go out and demonstrate to the world (and the women in it) that you're a man who can set his sites on a career or some other equally great accomplishment with style, tenacity and success. Do this, and we guarantee the ladies will take to you like sauce to spaghetti. Women are attracted to men who do things well, and are not too humble to succeed at them. And once a woman takes to you, she is usually more than happy to romp around naked most of the time.
But this doesn't mean you go out and brag about yourself and your accomplishments in order to attract attention. That only makes you look needy, and defeats the whole purpose of accomplishing anything in the first place. Nor does it mean you hide your virtues and talents from view, and instead dedicate yourself to others. Altruism, and pouting out loud that you want to save the environment, might work for beauty pageant contestants, but it'll never make a man impressive to a woman.
Success with women comes with success in the real world. You've got to do something. Oggling chicks in the park is not going to get you anywhere. Only real character will impress a woman, and real character takes more than being 'nice' or respectful or altruistic.
It takes a brain.
Female beauty requires a mind (animals can't perceive female beauty). And the love of a woman requires morality (love cannot be faked). If you're willing to use your brain to build the world of your dreams, as the beauty of every pretty woman everywhere is trying to inspire you to do, a beautiful woman and her lovely body won't be only in your mind, they will be in your life all year long!
So how is female beauty like spaghetti? Simple, they are both best served with love.
We sincerely hope you love the latest Body in Mind gallery of Sabine, by Alexander Fedorov.
The nude photos of young women taken by Jaromir Plesko have something few others have: real inventiveness.
Many artists and photographers talk about taking nudes to the next level, but when it comes to putting their ideas into their images, they seem to fall short, and their photographs end up looking like everything else we've seen over the years, in their work, and the work of others. But the photos of Jaromir Plesko are always truly new.
In the art world, or in any intellectual arena for that matter, there are two kinds of men: those who concentrate on the work and let worldly rewards be damned, and those who cash in on the innovations of others. For example, Marconi, widely credited with the invention of the radio, gained his patent only by utilizing several discoveries made by the real genius of his day, and unknown wizard of electromagnetism named Nikola Tesla.
There are many such examples in the history of the arts and sciences, too many to go into. The key here is in the character of a real genius, in his courage to create always to the limit of his vision, and to ride this limit the way a rodeo cowboy might ride a bucking bull. The goal for them is never to get famous looking good and smiling for the cameras with some dirt thrown onto their dungarees for cosmetic effect. For men of real talent, the whole game comes down to riding mother nature no matter how violently she tries to throw you off, against her refusal to give up anything of value without a fight, be it a scientific discovery, or a wonderfully beautiful image.
Jaromir Plesko is an artist with courage, the courage to fight for beauty, regardless of who is watching. He experiments with the courage of a scientist, and expresses beauty as unselfconsciously as a flower opening in a field no one may ever visit.
We consider ourselves lucky to have discovered Plesko's laboratory of beauty at Arnold Studio
Step right this way to enjoy our gallery of some of his greatest inventions.
A beautiful woman in jeans
Jeans are man's pants. You can tell because no woman needs a fly in front. Perhaps this is why jeans are the sexiest thing a woman can wear - when a lady wears jeans, she seems completely 'dressed in man'.
The same is true when a woman wears a man's suit, or a stewardess uniform, or when she throws on a man's shirt, and nothing else. Looking at her, it becomes clear that but for the world created by man, this girl would be naked.
Naturally, women can choose to wear any number of things that do not have this effect: dresses, feminine blouses, skirts, halter tops, etc. But this is precisely why it's so feminine, so pretty, and so sexy for a woman to put on a pair of jeans. It's because she chooses to. It's because she chooses to drape her body with something that comes from the world of men.
Men like to take care of women, we like to defend them, to give them pretty things, we like to make them smile, and we like to make them 'ours'. So when a woman 'dresses in man' she is tacitly indicating that she accepts this arrangement, that she approves of men and likes men's deepest moral/sexual/romantic feelings towards women.
And when that woman takes her jeans off, when she removes her clothes completely, she moves from being dressed in man to being draped in womanhood. This is where she stops being just pretty or sexy, and becomes fully beautiful. Not because she is then naked, but because in the state of total undress she is fully and uniquely female.
Today we introduce you to exotic Russian beauty, Sveta. She is tall, pretty, and completely unihibited. We chose her to feature in jeans precisely because she is all woman. We can think of no one we would rather see 'dressed in man'.
And no one we would rather see in the nude.
See if you agree. Visit the latest Body in Mind gallery to see Sveta dressed in man's world, and then - thank you Sveta - out of this world.
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