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Britney bares all for Harper's Bazaar

June 28, 2006 - A newly brunette Britney Spears has posed for the cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine - naked and six months pregnant.

She also appears both nude and wearing only a g-string alongside her nine-month old son Sean in a six page photo spread.

Spears has faced enormous criticism lately, for her choice of husband, her parenting skills, and for a recent interview in which she described herself as 'an emotional wreck'. But one thing she's done right is embrace her feminine beauty and celebrate it . We're hoping one day soon beautiful women will feel free to pose naked even when not pregnant, with the same spirit of glorious womanhood and an appreciation of everything that makes them divine.

 

For all your Nikkala Stott needs

Did you know that Body in Mind has more Nikkala Stott photos than any other publication in the world - even more than the Page 3 tabloids in Britain that made her famous? In fact, we've got more than all the other publications combined! More than Maxim, more than FHM, more than Perfect 10. And every month we feature a new nude lifestyle series with Nikkala. This time we watch Nikkala cool down after her workout. We've been adding intimate series like this for more than a year, with some amazing things yet to come. You won't believe some of the places Nikkala gets naked! In the meantime, enjoy this latest series by Michael White. And in the future remember, it's Body in Mind, for all your Nikkala Stott needs.

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Nude model draws crowd of 200

June 22, 2006 - More than 200 spectators gathered at the Picasso International Art Center in Chongqing, China a few days ago, to watch in respectful silence as a pretty young lady posed nude for artists. Some in the crowd sketched her, while others just 'peacefully contemplated' her. The model posed for half an hour, after which 'ardent applause accompanied her backstage'.The event was organized 'to demystify the human body and encourage artistic appreciation of the human form'.

Would that the whole world was this sane.

 

Swedish weathergirl suspended for posing fully dressed in magazine

June 21, 2006 - A TV weathergirl in Sweden has been suspended from her job for three months for posing for a photo spread in a Norwegian men's magazine - fully clothed. Tone Bekkestad posed for Slitz magazine's feature on Sweden's best looking women wearing tight jeans and an open blazer, with 'her cleavage partly showing'.

"...Her pictures in Slitz don't fit with what TV4 stands for." said a channel spokeswoman.

We think the photos are charming, lovely, and a delightful example of the kind of fashion women should be allowed to feel free wearing, even in real life, let alone a magazine.

We think it's no coincidence that the country with the most virulent beauty-hating feminists is also the country with the best-looking women.

 

Ya Yas for Ta Tas

June 17, 2006 - Fremont, Washington celebrates its 35th annual Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade this weekend. What's extraordinary about this family festival is the kind of floats that will be part of the parade.

This year, among the floats will be Ya-Yas for Ta-Tas, which will feature a group of bare-breasted women in a salute to breasts. In the same parade will be Salmon Bay School's float featuring kid's drawings, and Alternative School #1 and their peace doves.

No one has raised so much as an eyebrow about the presence of bare breasted women and kids in the same vicinity. Apparently the citizens of Fremont think it all good clean fun.

And so it is.

 

Girls banned from festival for baring breasts

June 15, 2006 - Two young women in Greenwood, Indiana were banned from a church festival for baring their breasts in order to extend their time on an amusement ride. The ride attendant obligingly extended their ride by more than 20 minutes. Both girls were banned from the property, and the elder was told she would be charged with trespassing if she returned.

Rev. Jonathan Meyer, a priest at the catholic church that sponsored the festival, said "it's a shame these young women didn't know the great gift and beauty they have as a woman. The body is sacred and holy. We should be sad for them."

We are sad for them. Sad that they are among on the only women out there who do understand the 'great gift and beauty' they have as women and are happy to use it in a funloving way, but that doing so has become a criminal offense.

 

Lovely Chinese blogger mixes fiction and nudity

June 12, 2006 - A female Chinese writer who claims to 'have much in common with Kafka' has started her own writing blog - on which she also posts nude photos of herself.

Dai Qin, a writer of 'romantic novels' has received two kinds of reactions from viewers: either crass sexual comments from "fans" who want to sleep with her, or outraged critics who make comments like "She can't say how she's like Kafka at all. He was a great writer and had nothing to do with a nude ass", or "She just wants to make a name for herself by stripping".

So far Qin has defended what she calls her 'charming' pictures. So do we. If nothing else, the blog comments show that negative attitudes towards intelligent beauty are still prevalent and in desperate need of changing.

 

Peta Waking

If you were an artist, or a cartoon animator, and you came up with a figure like that of Peta Todd's, you'd probably be told it was too unrealistic, and that no woman could ever look like that. Her breasts are sumptuously large, her waist tapers in gracefully, her legs are long and shapely. You'd probably be told to tone it down. But such a beauty does exist, in the extraordinary person of Peta Todd. She does it all with ease : a new mum, a nude model, a kind and lovely person. Waking up with her would bring sunshine into any man's life, and we're thrilled to share just a glimpse of what that would be like in our latest gallery of her by Michael White.

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Sunbather wins right to go nude in her own garden

June 7, 2006 - A 55 year-old woman in Cardiff, Wales was arrested for indecent exposure after her neighbors videotaped her sunbathing nude in her garden -but she was cleared of all charges by local magistrates who found that 'she intended no harm'.

Her neighbor broke out the video camera after he spotted her puttering naked in her backyard, claiming "I have been extremely shaken by this. It has been very upsetting and worrying. I don’t want to bring up my children in such an environment.”

Clearly he prefers to bring up his children in an environment in which the nude female body is considered a traumatic experience warranting the brutal force of law.

 

The Divine Feminine

By now there probably isn't a person alive who doesn't know about the Da Vinci Code, and how it's author Dan Brown makes a startling case for a married Jesus and the modern day descendants of he and his wife, Mary Magdalene. The story makes the point that the church has waged a 2000-year battle to keep the true nature of their relationship secret, and to 'protect' Christendom from such a scandalous idea. But why should it be a scandalous idea at all? Doesn't it make sense that an iconic figure like Jesus who was supposedly all about love would find the greatest love of all for himself? We think it's only natural that the feminine is divine, and that even a god would fall on his knees before a beauty like Arielle. Chris Ruegge does in his latest photo shoot.

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Michelle Marsh gets voted off X Factor

June 3, 2006 - Body in Mind model Michelle Marsh became the third celebrity singer to be sent home by Simon Cowell on England's X-Factor: Battle of the Stars.

Even though he had declared her version of Alanis Morrissette's Ironic "wasn't bad" and that "it actually surprised me", he cast the deciding vote to remove her from the show.

Michelle responded by accusing him of voting against him because she had rejected his sexual advances, saying "I kind of expected it since I turned you down".

 

Maria Dandelions

Ever wonder why women and flowers go so well together? For centuries, poets have equated lovely ladies with blossoms, and for just as long parents have been giving their daughters names like Rose, Daisy and Violet among others. Maybe it's because we see an instant metaphor for a woman when we see a flower: great beauty that's both meant to attract and which exists purely for its own sake; a kind of fragility and strength mixed together, in the delicateness of its petals and in its fierce determination to grow. And of course, flowers herald the coming of the spring, the rebirth of life after a cold, dark winter, a joyous celebration of life. Just like Maria does, in her field of wild dandelions.

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Check Out My Breasts.com

June 1, 2006 - A group called Rethink Breast Cancer has launched a new website called Check Out My Breasts.com, in which an attractive young woman goes topless to show women how to accurately examine themselves for early signs of the deadly disease.

The model demonstrates the proper techniques for self-exams, and does so in an engaging but completely serious manner. She shows no hint that there's anything untoward about a topless woman speaking frankly and intelligently, and we love her for it. Not only is she helping educate women as to how they can protect their lives, she's proving that a beautiful, articulate, topless woman can be a valued part of our culture.

For the love of women, check out Check Out My Breasts.com

 

Monika - a white dream

If there's one job that evokes instant envy among men, it's that of nude photographer. Imagine making your daily bread by spending the day with a gorgeous naked woman, who enjoys being nude and who makes every effort to show off her incredible body to its full potential . It must be a dream job, a piece of cake, right? Dream job, perhaps, but piece of cake, definitely not. It takes incredible skill to create images like Janosch Simon has with Monika. As tempting as it might be to just stare at her, or to ask her to pose in a more provocative way, Janosch accomplishes something that qualifies as true beauty: he focuses on the woman, not on how he or the viewer might feel about her. He makes her beauty the intention of the photos, and defies us to look at her any other way. Coupled with deft skills behind the lens, it makes for a stunning series of a sculptural beauty.

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Radio presenter fired for dressing too sexily

May 28, 2006 - A female radio DJ from London, England has been fired for dressing too sexily on air. 25-year old Lady Ray claims her boss told her her "skirts were too short and her tops too low".

"But I don't understand it, it's not as if any of the listeners can see me and my breasts don't speak into the microphone." she says.

We understand it, unfortunately. The mere mental image of a beautiful woman, the very thought of it, is often enough to bring out the beauty-haters' desire to hurt women. Even if her listeners could see her, SO WHAT????

 

Samantha

There's just something about Samantha. Maybe it's the cool intelligence of her eyes, the casual disarray of her long dark curls, or the forthright way she displays her whole body to us while challenging us to look at her face. But whatever it is, she has it, that elusive combination of beauty, intelligence and sensuality that captivates our hearts and minds. Samantha seems totally comfortable naked on the edge of the world, as though she owns it, and totally comfortable owning her beauty too. Let her own you here.

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Amazon - the world's first 'beauty video' is here!

Have you ever wondered who's the most beautiful woman in the world? We have. And to answer that question, we've created Amazon, the first ever beauty video starring Body in Mind super beauty Nikkala Stott. In spite of an amazing 6 year career as a top model, this is Nikkala's first speaking role in any film - finally we get to see and hear Nikkala - as she describes for us - and role plays - the many of the modern manifestations of the greatest beauty of all, the Amazon. More...

Preview, join and watch the video here.

"Nikkala is, physically, the ideal choice of girl to do this. Nikkala's height and classy facial looks give her "Godess" qualities." - Simply-Gorgeous.com

 

The Chronicles of Atlantis

"My mouth went dry as I stared at her. I had a camera in my backpack, I knew that I should at least try to get a photo of her, but I couldn't look away. I had never seen such a beautiful woman, so calmly, easily beautiful without a hint of shame or self-consciousness. Who was this magnificent woman? My mind raced with a thousand questions. What was she doing out here on this island in the middle of the sea? What was this place she lived in? And why did she look so fully dressed wearing nothing but a few strands of gold?" More....

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Testimonial

"Just joined BodyinMind.com after seeing it mentioned in the June 2006 (USA) issue of Playboy. WOW! I've never joined one of these sites before - and never thought I would. But sheer curiosity of the "fight for superbeauty" thing - had to have a look. No regrets. In fact, I almost fell out of my chair after seeing the galleries of your model, Cornelia. Even the "supermodels" pale in comparison to her. I get what you mean by 'superbeauty'." - P.H. (new BiM member)

 

Alena Skinny Dip

Remember those hot, hazy days of summer when you were a kid? You'd try to fry an egg on the sidewalk to see if what your grandmother said was true. You'd bike over to the corner store and slap your pennies down on the counter with grubby hands, and run off with a long slushy tube of colored ice. And if it was really hot, you'd peel off everything and go for a skinny dip, not caring about anything other than cooling off and having fun. Wouldn't it be great if a pretty woman felt free enough to do that too? Alena shows us what it would be like to live in that kind of world. Dive in here.

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Video Games: the last refuge of pure beauty?

May 8, 2006 - We're not particular fans of video games - but we're fans of beauty, and we appreciate it wherever we can find it. Increasingly these days, beautiful women have turned up in the cyberworld of video games, and increasingly they're sexy, strong, and a powerful force for good.

Lara Croft was probably the first one to achieve worldwide fame. Others, like Aeon Flux, followed suit. You can tell that these characters are created with pure beauty in mind, because when live action movies are made based on these games, only the most beautiful women in the world, like Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, can pull off the lead role.

Video game makers are happily starting to run with the idea of bodacious babes saving the world. One example, among many, is Bloodrayne. She's a statuesque 5'7 redhead who seriously kicks ass. She's got emerald green eyes that will bore right into your sole, a killer body, and even wears various sexy outfits like "schoolgirl Rayne" while saving humanity from her evil vampire siblings. And she has a movie coming out May 26.

We'd love to see more live action films made starring these incredible women. We'd love to see more of these women period. At least they exist in video games for now.

So game on.

 

If you're in Toronto and you like classic pin-ups...

... you'll want to check out glamor photographer Glenn Specht's latest exhibition of his work featuring some of the top Playboy models, titled: The Pin-up, inspired by the glamour masters. The show is an exploration of the illustration during the 40's and 50's by some of the masters of the "cheese cake" or "pin-up" genre, such as Armstrong, Elvgren, Petty, Vargas, and Ward.

Preview some of the works here.

The opening reception will be Wednesday May 10th starting at 6:30 at 9 Davies Ave, Suite 311, and the exhibition runs from May 09 to May 14th.

Map with directions

 

Madonna goes topless for W

May 5, 2006 - Madonna is set to appear topless in a 58-page spread for W magazine.

Shot by celebrity photographer Steven Klein, the series will feature the 47-year old singer as an equestrian - wearing fishnet stockings, leather gloves and a riding crop.

"Madonna still looks amazing even though she is 47." a source said. "She has always been comfortable about showing off her body."

"In one (photo) she is dressed as an English horse rider, but there is a sexy twist as she has her boobs out."

 

Dreams can come true

The dream began the moment we first laid eyes on Nikkala Stott. It was the year 2000 and Body in Mind was a 3 year old site dedicated to featuring and commenting on the most beautiful images of women being created in the world's various media, movies, TV, magazines, the internet. But none of the images we ever found was as good as we could imagine creating ourselves. And we were dying to prove it. Then we discovered Nikkala on the 3rd page of the British tabloids, where models are regularly featured topless.

We were amazed that in spite of being perhaps the most beautiful woman we'd ever seen - and we've seen a lot - she wasn't world famous, and she wasn't really being used to her potential.

We knew then that our goal was to make Body in Mind enough of a success that one day we would make the kind of images we knew were possible with a model as beautiful as Nikkala.

Today Body in Mind has more images of Nikkala than any other website or publication in the world. And we dare say they are not only the very best of Nikkala, but the very best of any model, ever.

We have Nikkala to thank of course, and her spirited dedication to quality modeling. And also our photographer, Michael White, whose direct yet romantic style depicts a Nikkala we can't help love.

But mostly we have our dreams to thank. We saw our dreams in Nikkala. And now we see Nikkala in our dreams come true.

And if you're a Nikkala Stott fan, Body in Mind is your dream come true, too.

Dream the dream of Nikkala here.

"Every new Nikkala gallery seems to have a few pictures that make me feel like I'm in that world with her. It's a great feeling." - Ben (BiM member)

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Teacher fired over going topless for magazine article

April 28, 2006 - A boys' school teacher in England has been fired for appearing topless in a Cosmo magazine article entitled "How Normal Are Your Breasts".

In the article, 33 year old Kristina Howells discussed the 'uniqueness' of her 'small and different breasts", and how much she loves them because of it. She also discussed how a recent weight loss improved her sex life with her boyfriend. The school where she was a supply music teacher then informed her agency that her services were no longer required.

Cosmopolitan spokeswoman Caroline Wood expressed concern over this issue, saying "Cosmopolitan ran a responsible health and body confidence feature on the differing size and shapes of women's breasts. The increase in breast augmentation surgery, and concerns about health issues like breast cancer, make informative features like this one ever more important."

 

Cindy Margolis to pose nude for Playboy

April 26, 2006 - 2006 is turning out to be a banner year for famous women deciding to pose nude. The latest to join the bandwagon is Cindy Margolis, the reputed Most Downloaded Woman on the Internet, who will be posing for Playboy this year, at age 40.

Margolis, who has famously turned down Playboy and other chances to appear nude in the past, has said that she feels 40 is the perfect age for her debut nudes. "In the past it would have been for gratuitous reasons". she said. Now she feels it's empowering, and thanks the tv show Desperate Housewives for proving "you’re not dead just because you are married and have children."

"It will be fun to go up against the 20-year-olds and show them that they don’t have anything on me," she said.

 

Gillian Anderson to appear topless in new film

April 24, 2006 - For everyone who was in love with Agent Scully's cool, intelligent beauty - and let's face it, who wasn't - your dreams may be about to come true. Gillian Anderson is set to go topless in a new film.

Straightheads is a 'dark and twisted tale of revenge' from British director Dan Reed. Anderson stars with Danny Dyer as a couple who go on a rampage of revenge after being attacked on a country road. Release date is unknown as of yet, but the director promises that it will be one of the 'most talked about films of 2006."

We're already talking about it, thanks to Gillian Anderson.

 

Miss USA airs tonight

April 21, 2006 - Don't miss the Miss USA pageant, airing live tonight from Baltimore, Maryland at 9 pm on NBC. And if you want to get a sneak peek at the 50 candidates, check them out on Deal or No Deal at 8 pm on NBC.

 

Lauren Hutton beautifully nude at 62

April 21, 2006 - Lauren Hutton has posed nude for Big magazine, at the age of 62. And she looks pretty damned amazing, if you ask us.

The entire upcoming issue, called "Lauren Hutton: The Beautiful Persists" is dedicated to her career and includes eight non-retouched nude photos of the former 70's model. Hutton posed topless in 1974, and Larry Flynt once offered her $1 million to pose nude - making her one of only four women he made this offer to. But this is the first time fully nude photos of her have ever been published.

"I want (women) not to be ashamed of who they are when they're in bed," Hutton told Good Morning America. "Society has told us to be ashamed."

 

Bravery is beautiful

In our page on the things that make a woman beautiful we recently noticed that we left out perhaps the most important one: bravery. The model in our latest gallery from exclusive BiM photographer, Chris Ruegge, is Jess. Jess is not a professional model. She is just a regular girl who answered an ad to appear nude on a German television show. We always marvel at the bravery of some women, women who are brave enough to risk the derision and sneers of beauty haters in order to experience the joy of being admired by the beauty lovers out there. A lot of nude sites these days claim their models are amateurs when in fact they are almost all seasoned pros. Men want to see real girls so these sites lie to them to sell memberships. Jess is real. And her bravery is no lie. This is what makes her more beautiful to us than most of the seasoned pros out there. See if you agree here.

"Just  when I  thought  I  had  seen  the  best,  along  comes  Jessi. What  a  spectacular  body    with  beautiful  firm  breasts  in proportion  to  the  rest of  her  body.   Superb  photography on  every  shot.   This  is  art  at  its  very  best." - John (BiM member)

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Canada Post cancels topless stamp

April 18, 2006 - A Canadian photographer has had his customized postage stamps - featuring photos of his topless wife - rejected for being inappropriate.

Canada post offers a service whereby people can create customized postage stamps using their own photographs. But when Frederick Potter created some stamps using photos of his Ukrainian born wife Oleanna either topless or else in a bikini top with red maple leaves covering her breasts, the stamps were rejected.

"It's arbitrary censorship," he said. "Would a picture of a baby on a bearskin rug be considered child pornography? ... Where does it end?"

Oleanna, who came to Canada three years ago, posed in the Maple Leaf bikini as a tribute to her new country. But the company who provides the service claim they can't accept the photo due to 'flag etiquette'.

"I feel like I'm in a very conservative country," she said."We were just going to send it on letters to my family and friends in Ukraine. My family has a nude picture of me on their wall -- in Ukraine that's normal."

Her husband won't be submitting any more photos in the future. "Anything that's not distinctive to her is not worth owning," he said

 

What if Christ was a woman?

We at Body in Mind always think of Australian erotic artist Norman Lindsay at Easter. We're not exactly sure why. Maybe it was that irreverent drawing of a woman being crucified he did. That, and the fact that the nearest we get to a religious belief around here is our conviction in the goodness and power of female beauty and the need to see it celebrated with a holiday of its own. So many innocent women have been sacrificed to hatred and blindness - and are being so still - that we cannot be terribly moved by what happened to Christ. For us Easter is dedicated to celebrating women and THEIR power. After all, Christ was sacrificed over 2000 years ago, if at all, and is still being praised and revered for it. But where is the reverence and love for the multitudes of women being executed for their connection to a higher power - female beauty - today, and in the past? So today we get you as close to this kind of reverencial celebration. To our knowledge, it exists nowhere but in the works of Norman Lindsay. It is our great hope for the world, that this power and reverence for it, will be resurrected soon.

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Vive le bikini: the two-piece turns 60

April 15, 2006 - In 1946, French car engineer Louis Reard, who had taken over his mother's Paris lingerie boutique, debuted a range of two-piece swimsuits made from just 70 cm (27 inches) of cloth.

"My bikini is smaller than the smallest swimsuit" he boasted, enjoying the scandal that ensued from producing a garment that showed a woman's navel - at that time banned as 'indecent' from Hollywood films.

The scandal was such that he couldn't even find a fashion model willing to wear it. He eventually persuaded Micheiline Bernardini, a nude dancer, to pose in it. But sales were slow, the bikini was called immoral by the Vatican and was banned in Portugal, Spain and Italy. It wasn't until Hollywood stars Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth were photographed in it that it became popular. By 1966, when Raquel Welch wore it in Life magazine, the scandal was largely forgotten.

And the name? Reard named it after Bikini Atoll in the south Pacific, where the US had recently tested a nuclear bomb. He thought it would set off 'an atomic bomb-like burst of excitement'.

60 years later, it still does.

 

How to get a girlfriend like Zuzana Drabinova

The Charmer. The chick magnet. The lady killer. Whatever you call him, he's the kind of man who makes women weak-kneed and makes men shake their heads and say "how the hell does he do it?". He is wildly popular with women, and never seems to have any shortage of them in his life. You probably even know one. He's not that great looking, he's not rich, as far as you know he isn't freakishly well endowed. But every woman within a five mile radius is putty in his hands, and you can't figure out why.

His secret? He loves women. More...

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Playboy Indonesia to stop publishing after offices are stoned

April 14, 2006 - Two policemen were injured and an office building damaged when 300 hardline muslim protesters stoned the Jakarta offices of Playboy last Wednesday. "We will carry out more attacks if Playboy refuses to stop publishing," one of the protest leaders said. The chief of police has since asked Playboy to leave Jakarta and stop publishing the magazine in Indonesia.

Playboy Indonesia features no nudity, only models in lingerie, and has no centerfold. The first issue sold out immediately, and some copies were traded for three times the cover price.

Indonesia currently allows the sale of many magazines that go farther than Playboy in terms of the sexual content of articles, and at least as far as Playboy in terms of the photos they use. Sidewalk vendors routinely sell sexually explicit movies, and the country, according to some reports, has a 'flourishing sex industry'.

So why is a magazine that features photos of fully clothed women under attack? We've said it all along; it's not sex that people hate, it's beauty. And the easiest way to destroy beauty is to start with porn, then with nudity, then go after the real target. It's beautiful women themselves, devoid of any sexual content or nude imagery, that brings out the most hostility, as the attacks on Playboy prove.

Moreover, the government of Indonesia has not only failed to defend Playboy's rights, it has joined the mob attack. It has sacrificed itself to mob rule. What now will stop mobs from throwing stones at women on the street? And will the government respond by jailing the mob or by forcing curfews and full body coverings onto women?

Seems pretty obvious doesn't it?

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It isn't a sin for Christians to enjoy erotica and nudity in films

Body in Mind member and author John Solomon has a new book that argues that looking at and enjoying a beautiful female in a non-sexual way doesn't have to be a sin.

He didn't have to tell us that! But then we're atheists, rational beauty admirers, and we not only think it's not a sin, we think it's a downright virtue to allow a beautiful woman to inspire you morally, to make you want to live your life to the fullest. It seems to us that enjoying its most beautiful creation is something any decent God would want you to do.

But if you're a Christian, and you've got a lot of guilt or questions about the propriety of looking at nude women, this book will help you.

This book is available in paperback with samples on Amazon here.

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Zuzana Drabinova: Super beauty retaking mainstream media

When Body in Mind began back in 1997 really beautiful women had disappeared from mainstream media. The cultural backlash against the success of the supermodels of the early 90s - the grunge movement and later the heroin chic style - had successfully replaced every single bodacious babe on TV and the movies with skinny little boy women, just as it had on the fashion runways of the world. Super beautiful women had only one place to go: porn. Jenna Jameson, Adele Stephens, Tera Patrick and Chloe Jones come to mind. Since then, Body in Mind has been on the forefront of a movement to return super beauty to the popular media, endeavoring to create a tasteful website - free of porn - where the most beautiful women in the world can make a good living. This week we watched our model Zuzana Drabinova make a splash onto the page 3 scene in Britain, a topless-only gig which may help solidify her tasteful nude modeling career. We hope so. The world needs super beauty everywhere, not only in porn.

"Wow, she has just started modelling on page 3 of the daily star and she looks even better nude. Her tits are awesome and she is so beautiful." - F.P. (BiM member)

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We don't hang 17-year-old girls for defending themselves, do we?

In Iran they do. On January 3, 2006, 17-year-old Nazanin was sentenced to death for murder by a court in Iran after she reportedly admitted fatally stabbing one of three men who attempted to r4pe her and her 16-year-old niece in a park in March 2005.

Iranian born Miss World Canada, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, has admirably made it her job to fight for her namesake in Iran by creating this petition to save her.

According to her site, "Nazanin is not alone, at least eight minors in Iran were hanged in 2005 in direct violation of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child."

As long as people believe that female beauty is an evil, and as long as people give the benefit of the doubt to those who openly hate it, the laws of Iran or any country will always be unfair to women, and the people of those countries will watch their women killed unjustly, for it is out of hatred of female beauty that women are brutally killed, by single madmen, and by entire civilizations. Thus it is appropriate for one of the world's beautiful women, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, to lead the fight to save this girl. While most women in the world spend their wrath attacking the beauty of other women, they should instead be attacking those who seek their destruction, including the governement of Iran. We hope the women of the world learn from Nazanin Afshin-Jam that beauty is good, not evil, and that they should be fighting for it, not against it. Women hold their fate in their own hands. And the world watches to see if they will choose life, or suicide; beauty, or its destruction.

Which do you choose? To save it, or to let it be destroyed? It can be one or the other.

 

New Miss Iraq forced to step down over threats

April 10, 2006 - The newly crowned Miss Iraq, the first such pageant winner to be crowned on Iraqi soil in four years, has relinquished her crown after only four days, citing threats to her and her family from religious extremists. She has since fled the country for security reasons.

23-year old Tamar Goregian, the first Armenian Iraqi to win the title, stepped down after being threatened by fundamentalists calling her 'the queen of the infidels'. Neither the first, second or third runners up in the contest would agree to take the crown, for the same reasons. Miss Teen Iraq, a Christian named Silva Shahakian, finally accepted the title.

Pageant organizers were hoping to send a delegate to the Miss Universe pageant in July of this year, in order to "present a positive and modern image of Iraqi women." Instead, it sends a clear message about the negative and outdated reality of Iraq's attitude towards women.

But we applaud Miss Goregian for her insightful comments she made during her acceptance speech: "Maybe beauty is the final step to end violence and preach world peace after all".

 

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

Maria is one of the most beautiful women of all time. Of that we have no doubt. At once a buxom blonde bombshell and a statuesque classical beauty. Marilyn Monroe and Elle Macpherson combined. An almost impossible thing to imagine if we didn't have Maria right in front of us gently and happily embodying it. Her unique beauty has caused a problem for many very talented photographers. Some manage to show off her body but don't seem to know what to do with her animated face and bubbly personality. Others get so distracted by her uninhibited sexuality that they forget she's incredibly beautiful just standing there. Maybe that's why the best photos of her are always by her husband and photographer Dmitry Kurapov. Dmitry has access to her 24 hours a day and can catch her at her most beautiful, which seems to be, when Maria is just being Maria. We hope you enjoy our latest series of Maria just chillin'. We think it's the most beautiful yet.

"Maria chillin' in the snow is HOT." - Boyett (BiM member)

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British beauties support their footballers in song

April 6, 2006 - Beautiful women and professional athletes have always gone together - and now some beautiful ladies in England are helping to spur their favorite footballers on to victory.

The reigning Miss England, Hammasa Kohistani, has written a sexy song to help support England's team in this year's World Cup. "Come on England (Time for Glory)" was recorded by Kohistani and four other regional beauties: Miss Greater London Jenny Velasquez, Miss Rugby Kate Solomons, Miss Oxford Eleanor Glynn and Miss Plymouth Angela Fluke.

"We've come up with a sexy song that we know all the lads will love." says Kohistani. "Recording it with a group of super girls was an amazing experience because we are supporting our English football team."

The song will be released on April 23, St. George's Day in England, but you can hear a preview sample of it here.

 

The White Witch

Anyone who has ever explored the unknown knows that it's at the very edge of human knowledge, human experience and man-made maps where all the truly exciting things are waiting to be found. For example, C.S. Lewis's story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe upon which the recent feature film was based hid a magical world at the very back of a huge old wardrobe closet. Such discoveries await us in real life too, thanks to the White Witch of nudes, Muse. Muse is an extraordinary model and actress who has created and rules her own world of fiercely romantic, fearlessly artistic nudes, a world waiting to be discovered by anyone who prefers to look past the cliched and the obvious to find what's deep and true in life. Explore Muse's magical but very real world here.

 

Hatred of beauty masquerades as love of women

April 4, 2006: India - A senior leader of the right wing Shiv Sena party, Pramod Navalkar, is among those legislators upset by some accidental female nudity at this year's Bombay fashion week and is demanding a full government inquiry into it. "In these fashion shows the majority of the body was exposed and very little was covered," Mr Navalkar told the BBC. "Such exploitation of a woman's body for commercial purposes is not acceptable to us."

This is yet another pathetic example of politicians who hate and attack female beauty slyly pretending to do so out of concern for women. Have a look at this quick search of an Indian newspaper for a long list of examples of Indian women being butchered and killed by husbands and families seeking to extort more dowry from the ladies' families. And then ask yourself why those people who are 'outraged' by half naked models aren't complaining about women being literally killed for money.

The truth is that those upset by nudity are not concerned about women at all, in fact they are upset only because some women were able to freely express their beauty. It is every women's (including fashion model's) inalienable right to use their beauty as they like. Those who hate female beauty are only ever happy when women are forcibly - and often violently - kept from using it. This is why they don't mind women being mutilated and disfigured but are absolutely outraged by a little exposed skin.

We think there should be a government inquiry into the true motives of such people. It would reveal that there is nothing more hated in the world than female beauty and the women who use it. And noone more dangerous to women than beauty haters.

 

Our members speak

Something simple this time. Rather than yet another clever way to look at female beauty, instead of something philosophically profound, for our gallery of Dasha, a brand new model, we thought we'd simply let our members, who have just seen this gallery tell you about it. Our members are some of the most amazing people we know, always thoughtful, always direct, and always holding onto a real reverence for beauty and the women who possess it. We're as proud of them, as we are of our models, our photographers and our photos. Thank you everyone! It's a joy to run this site for you. - D & L

"This has to be one of the very best series. A beautiful model, a great variety of poses and an excellent photographer. What more could one ask? Dasha is a girl to be treasured!" - John (BiM Member)
"Dasha, of perfect classic proportions, and all perfectly natural. What a joy to behold!. A nice smile tops off the 'perfect' model. Great photography from Dmitry [Kurapov] combine to give an altogether excellent gallery. I hope we see more of this team, perhaps some outdoor work?" - Roger (BiM member)
"Great Photos.  Great model.  Great body.  Best feature - those eyes!  You could drown in those eyes." - Arthur (BiM member)

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Forgotten Heroines: Ruth Bernhard

The world of nude photography has seen its share of famous artists: Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Patrick DeMarchelier, the list goes on and on. But among these household names we'd like to add that of a relatively unknown female photographer, Ruth Bernhard.

In 1929, at the age of 24, Ruth began her photography career as a darkroom assistant and pursued her interest in various subjects that fascinated her: architecture, fashion, still lifes. But it was a chance meeting on a Santa Monica beach with photographer Edward Weston that convinced her that photography could be art. She continued to study with him, and eventually became famous for her sensuous, elegant female nudes.

She herself says it best: "If I have chosen the female form in particular, it is because beauty has been debased and exploited in our sensual twentieth century... woman has been the target of much that is sordid and cheap, especially in photography. To raise, to elevate, to endorse with timeless reverence the image of woman, has been my mission - the reason for my work ."

 

Sharon Stone reveals all in Basic Instinct 2

March 30, 2006 - Joining the list of Hollywood stars like Jennifer Garner and Selma Hayek, Sharon Stone appears fully nude in the new movie Basic Instinct 2. The 48 year old actress admits "It's pretty easy for me to be naked" and actually encouraged the director to shoot more provocative sex scenes for the film.

It was her breakout role as Catherine Trammel in the original Basic Instinct that earned Stone her reputation as an actress who was more than comfortable with nudity and sexuality. Her leg crossing scene - in which she wore no underwear - is legendary among movie moments. She says she fails to see why nudity is such a 'big deal', and that "I'm a person who feels that if it's appropriate for the character I'm playing or the mood of the piece, then it's no big thing."

in an age where images of youth seem to dominate the culture, we're delighted to see such a strong, sexy, intelligent woman representing the beauty and sexuality of older women.

 

Nude Beauty Week in Moscow

(RPS) MOSCOW In a bid to increase toursim to problem-plagued Moscow, city officials have announced a novel new tourist attraction: Beauty Week.

For the next seven days, scores of beautiful women will walk throughout the city completely nude. Gorky Park will serve as a kind of "Beauty Central", where visitors to the city are invited to talk with the women, pose for photographers or invite the women to model for photos of their own. In other parts of the city, the ladies will stroll through the streets, go shopping, dine at cafes... More...

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Body in Mind news: now available in 43 more countries

March 29, 2006 - Body in Mind is pleased to announce that our memberships are now available to subscribers in the following countries:

American Samoa, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mongolia, Montserrat, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea,Paraguay,Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia-Montenegro,Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen.

 

Jennifer Garner's naked Sabbatical

March 24, 2006 - First Selma Hayek, now Jennifer Garner. For everyone who's spent the last few seasons of Alias - or the entire movies Daredevil and Elektra - imagining what Jennifer looks like naked - you're about to find out.

Garner is set to star in a new erotic thriller called "Sabbatical" in which she plays a woman who takes a break from her marriage, but returns to find her husband has disappeared. And she will be naked at some point in the film, showing off a newly-trim post-baby body.

We hope this is a ongoing Hollywood trend: smart, sexy women willing to share their beauty without the fear of damaging their careers.

 

Wardrobe function

The FCC recently upheld a multi-million dollar fine against CBS for giving airtime to Janet Jackson's breast. Laws in Daytona, Florida were recently upheld allowing public nudity for women. Nude dancer Melissa Harrington was recently ticketed for being topless. Salma Hayek appears fully nude in her latest movie. A nineteen year old Polish woman was expelled from the high school for posing for Playboy. The battle over women's bodies continues. Some people want to see them naked. Others don't. Who will win? Fashion designer Vivien Westwood said the function of fashion is about eventually being naked. Let's hope she's right. This is certainly true in our model Viktorya's case. Her wardrobe functions perfectly as it slips right off her body in today's gallery by Voronin. And stay tuned for more news on this subject in the days to come. We're all pulling for those women who want to use their bodies as they please. When they win, we win.

Check out this drawing of Viktorya hot of the drawing board of our favourite artist, Eric Wallis.

 

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Selma Hayek goes completely nude in new film

March 21, 2006 - For all those who have waited patiently to see sultry beauty Selma Hayek nude, your patience will soon be rewarded.

Selma has just filmed a full frontal nudity scene for her new movie, "Ask the Dust", about a Depression-era Mexican waitress who wants to marry a rich American but who falls for an Italian writer, played by Colin Farrell.

When asked about the nude beach scene, Selma replied “I don’t want to do nudity for the sake of doing nudity. But this is an iconic part of the story (from) the book. It’s important because it represents [Camilla’s] spirit, which is very free, and yet she lives in a world where she’s very repressed by the circumstances. So [the nudity is] almost symbolic for who she is.”

 

The incomparable Bettie Page

March 20, 2006 - The kitschy straight cut bangs, the campy costumes, the legs that wouldn't quit. If you don't know who Bettie Page is by now, you probably will soon.

Bettie is perhaps the most iconic of fifties cheesecake models, and is even more popular today than when she was young. After growing up in abusive family, and losing out on scholarship dreams because of it, Bettie Mae page of Jackson, Tennessee was discovered by an amateur photographer strolling the beach at Coney Island, and the rest is history. Using costumes she sewed herself, and with her attitude that "being in the nude isn't a disgrace unless you're being promiscuous about it," she quickly became a worldwide sensation, inspiring everything from fan clubs to action figures to beach towels. And, as she adds, "thirteen rock groups have written songs about me".

In the last five years, the now 82-year-old's website has attracted 588 million visitors, and she is in demand for autograph sessions now that interest in her continues to soar. A new film about her life, called "The Notorious Bettie Page" (she objects to the word "notorious") starring Gretchen Mol is set for release on April 14.

Bettie has had her ups and downs in life, and now lives quietly in California taking comfort in her bible and in her role in shaping the sexual revolution of the sixties. Sadly, the woman who became famous smiling for the camera no longer allows pictures to be taken of her face.

"I want to be remembered," she says, "as I was when I was young and in my golden times ... I want to be remembered as a woman who changed people's perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form."

We love you Bettie. You'll always be beautiful to us.

 

Fresh, hot and delicious

Did anyone notice that the guy in this series of Nikkala having lunch is the same guy who was giving her directions when she was driving topless and lost her way? Did you also notice he's her mailman? And on top of all that she invites him to lunch out of gratitude for all his help! It would seem fate is smiling on this fellow something fierce. Sometimes fate does that. We wanted to show you this series of nude lifestyle photos of a Day in the Life of Nikkala because Body in Mind is all about achieving your dreams in life. It's about allowing the power in female beauty to inspire you to morality and personal greatness. And for those who think such things as this can't happen, let me remind you that I was once a guy sitting in his apartment eating pizza alone and dreaming of working with a model as amazing as Nikkala. And today I am. It took a hell of a lot of work, but it was more than worth it. So the next time you've got a piece of pizza in your mouth, imagine the one sitting across from you is a beautiful woman like Nikkala. And then do what it takes to make it true. Don't ever underestimate the power and morality of beautiful women. You rob yourself when you do. Enjoy this gallery and remember your dreams.

"Image 63 is the single most heart stoppingly natural photo on the site. Worth the price of entry for that shot alone. Thanks!" - BiM Member

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Portia De Rossi hits new low

Apparently she is now suggesting that her skinny Ally Mcbeal co-stars like Calista Flockhart gave her anorexia. Can you imagine how Calista Flockhart feels being blamed for giving someone a disease? Anorexia is not caused by idealizing thin women. It's caused by a severe lack of self-esteem, which can be caused by any number of things. Thin women have never been shown to be one of them, not in any study, ever. There used to be a time when actresses desparate for a come back would expose their bodies in Playboy. Today they expose their most personal and embarrassing secrets to the media. We prefer the Playboy method. At least it has some dignity.

 

Topless in New York...and on NBC

March 17, 2006 - Today's edition of NBC's "Today" show featured a segment on photographer Jordan Matter, who "seeks to challenge the taboo issue of women's bodies". To that end, he has produced a series of photos of women topless in New York City. NBC aired the story with 22 screen shots of pixelated nudity, and featured a seven-second clip of a woman skating topless.

"Challenging this inequity between the sexes is the purpose of my work." he says on his website. "There has been a recent shift in America towards a socially conservative philosophy, so right after Janet Jackson's breast was exposed at the the Super Bowl, I started asking women to appear topless in New York City".

Matter's images feature a cheerfully brave group of women going about their business in the Big Apple, like feeding the pigeons, window shopping, and one young lass proudly wearing a green skirt - and nothing else - behind the barricades at the St. Patrick's Day parade. These public displays of toplessness don't seem to ruffle any feathers from others in the background of these photos, and indeed the majority of those interviewed by NBC about it were in favor of it, one man calling it "art...good art".

 

Dutch government defends beauty in new immigration video

March 16, 2006 - "To the Netherlands" is a new film produced with the express purpose of warning would-be immigrants, specifically Muslims, that if they want to move to Holland, they had better be prepared to see things that their religion or countries of birth might not allow. The film features an attractive woman sunbathing topless, while the narrator says "People do not make a fuss about nudity". It also points out that homosexuals have the same rights as heterosexuals, including the right to marry, and to drive home the point, shows two men kissing in a meadow.

New immigration policies also place requirements on age and income in order to stop the influx of underage Muslim women brought into the country for arranged marriages.

The point of the film is to help curtail the recent spate of violence that saw the murder of an anti-immigration politician and a filmmaker who produced the controversial film "Submission" about Islam's often barbaric treatment of women. Ayaan Hirsi Ali (our personal heroine here at Body in Mind), the female member of Parliament who wrote Submission, and who had to leave Holland temporarily because of death threats over it, has defended the new film saying "The film is meant for people not yet in Holland to take note that this is normal here and not be shocked and awed by it once they arrive."

It's refreshing to see a government take such a moral stand with the aim of protecting its citizens, and we applaud them.

 

Peta Todd's pregnant pause

I can always tell when a model is going to be hugely successful. Always. I've built Body in Mind on it. Nikkala Stott, Laetitia Casta, Giselle, Michelle Marsh, Keeley, I predicted them all. Last year, when she first appeared on Page 3, I predicted Peta Todd would also become a big star. Then, barely months into a skyrocketing success, she left the industry to have a child. Well she almost left. She has posed exclusively for Body in Mind these last several months and has given us some of the most amazing photos we've ever done. She has single handedly helped us create a new aesthetic in female nudes - the expectant mother. We recently chatted with Peta about her life, her career, her body, and her baby. We think you'll find her every bit as candid and charming as we do. Will she become a star? Hey, around here, she already is. More...

"I am astonished at the beauty of Peta in the window shoot while she's pregnant. Give my congratulations to Michael White." - BiM Member

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The Figure in Nature: beauty by Dave Levingston

March 14, 2006 - Taking pictures is not as easy as it seems. Taking good pictures is even harder. Taking beautiful, sumptuous images of nature that feature beautiful women is perhaps the hardest of all. Many photographers make the mistake of thinking that the only requirement for a good photo is a naked woman standing amongst the trees - but when you see the work of Dave Levingston, we're sure you'll agree that there's a considerable amountl of artistry and vision that goes into making a truly beautiful image.

The Figure in Nature is photographer Dave Levingston's new book of photos, which feature stunning examples of women photographed amongst natural wonders from California to Maine. The photos have an ethereal, almost spiritual beauty about them, and Levingston has the gift of being able to make each model seem like a goddess. Far from looking 'lost in the woods', the women in his photos appear timeless, wise even, as though he were capturing the legendary women of myth on film.

It's always a delight to find a photographer who celebrates the female form and takes such care to frame her in such beautiful surroundings. We hope you'll agree.

 

Prettier than spring and twice as delightful

Nothing brings us more pleasure here at BiM than the incredible beauty of women. This is why it is such a delight to bring you these photos of brand new model Lana by new BiM contributing photographer Stiv Rang. It's hard to express how wonderful it is to see images of a happy young woman enjoying her own beauty perhaps as much as we do. The rapturous smile on her pretty face says it all. Lana is exhilarated to be young, beautiful, free, and admired. There is not a trace of shame or self-loathing. She is perfect, and happy. It is a rare moment of pure love for what is uniquely human, and we're all lucky indeed to witness something as beautiful as this.

"I've just fallen in love with Lana, the latest model to feature on Body In Mind, what a beautiful young lady she is. I must have sat here and gazed upon her photographs for the last thirty minutes completely spellbound, time has just slipped a notch for me. Her beauty has made me blush, I must admit to being taken by surprise by this young lady's looks!!" - BiM member

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Strip into shape

It used to be that if you said the word 'stripper', women would cringe and wrinkle their noses and express disdain for the whole profession. Nowadays, though, a whole new industry has sprung up around the proverbial brass pole: strip aerobics.

Health clubs all over the country are featuring classes that help women bump and grind their way to fitness, and we think it's a hell of a good thing. Imagine women have fun with fitness, instead of maniacally aerobicizing their way into smaller and smaller dress sizes. Imagine women celebrating their sexuality, finding new and fun ways to entertain their men at home and make themselves feel vibrant and feminine. With sexy stars like Carmen Electra jumping on the bandwagon with instructional DVDs, it looks like the true spirit of stripping - women reveling in their unique beauty and moving their bodies in sensual, pleasing ways - has finally earned a little respect.

Of course, not everyone thinks this is a good thing. There'll always be some spoilsport to shout 'what about the children?' like this personal trainer who thinks "cardio tease" has no place in a "family facility" - but we like the idea that women are finally being allowed to remember where all these families come from: women's own special power to mesmerize men through movement and beauty alone.

 

Model ticketed for public nudity again

March 9, 2006 - An exceptionally beautiful Lincoln, Nebraska internet model who was fined for posting nude photos of herself taken in a local bar in 2003 has been ticketed again, for "showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering on any part of the areola and nipple". Melissa Harrington was hosting a wet t-shirt contest at another local bar, when police officers saw her hosting the show topless. They didn't issue her a ticket at the time, agreeing with her that since her nipples were covered with a pink paint, she was 'covered'. She was later issued a ticket and has a court date for April 13.

Harrington vows to fight the ticket "all the way to the end", because they "harass me all the time at my promotions." She also added that she has no plans to change her behavior at future events because she isn't doing anything wrong. We agree. Melissa is the victim of a disturbing trend in U.S. law enforcement of late towards harassment of grown women for using their beauty in harmless and usually legal ways. Support her fight by joining her site, here.

 

Photos more powerful than porn and more uplifting than art

No two photographers we know have done it longer, or better, than Robert Base and Dieter Wegner of VIP Nudes. For example this photo of 3 beautiful women standing proudly nude in the full sunlight of a dying day. It perfectly captures the mood of our civilization, and the choice we face: we can admire women in all their glory or we can denounce them with all our might, destroying the whole human race in the process. Seems kind of silly but such is the world we live in these days. Those who denounce women, their bodies, and their beauty forget one very important fact - we cannot survive without them! But these 3 proud beauties seem to know it. They know that the beauty of women is more powerful than porn, inspiring us not just to sex, but to love; and that it is more uplifting than art, inspiring us not just to admire, but to be admirable ourselves. Do you respond to beauty this way? Base and Wegner do. That's why they are VIPs. You may be too after enjoying this best-of selection of their photos, only on Body in Mind, and VIP-nudes.com.

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Hatred of Beauty example # 7,098,892,408

March 6, 2006 - Hatred of beauty has cost women their jobs, their freedom, and everything else of value, sometimes their very lives. Now here's a case in which being beautiful has cost a woman an education.

A nineteen year old Polish woman was expelled from the high school she was attending - for posing in Playboy.

Sylwia Preiss is now attending a private high school paid for by the magazine, since the local education authorities upheld her expulsion on the grounds that her "action could have a negative effect on other students".

The Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection has said he will examine the case closely.

 

More MILFs?

Our latest series of the voluptuous and fun-loving Alena by Chris Ruegge reminds us of a time during adolescence when our attentions turned to our best friend's beautiful and sexy mother. There is a time in almost all young men's lives when they find themselves unexpectedly attracted to a much older woman. Today we call them MILFs, a very cynical word for women who inspire what is really one of the most innocent and delightful and mature feelings a boy can have - love and admiration for a grown woman. Unfortunately our society worships youth to such a degree that it's almost impossible to use the word 'mature' without conjuring up the image of a 60 year old, but the fact remains that when our best friend's mother allowed us to get a good look at her naked it made us feel mature for the first time in our lives. We hope this gallery of Alena lets you remember this feeling too. We need more MILFs in the world, because we need more boys who want to be men.

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Another beauty defender speaks up

Sometimes being defenders of beauty is a lonely job. Faced with the constant onslaught of right-wing types and religious nuts who shamelessly denegrate the human body and anyone who likes looking at it...well, it can wear on a person's soul. Is there anyone out there listening to reason? Or is everyone gripped by the greatest perversion there is, the unquestioning, unimpeachable belief that nudity means sex and sex means evil and evil is what we all so clearly are?

Well, at least one young man out there has restored our faith in the goodness of humanity and the rationality of the human mind. Dustin Chase Jasmer, a columnist with Utah's Weber State University, has written an intelligent, positive discourse on the value of the human form and the glaring injustice of a culture that blithely allows graphic violence and murder to permeate the airwaves but launches lawsuits over the briefest glimpse of Janet Jackson's breast.

"We need to realize violence is more harmful than sex. When a breast is shown on television, we need to realize it is a beautiful life-sustaining organ and not a portrayal of filth like the right would have us believe." says Jasmer.

Here, here, Dustin. Thanks for speaking up.

 

Forgotten Heroines: Artemisia Gentileschi

History hardly ever remembers women painters, so much so that few people even know that women painters existed before the 20th century. But among the masters of the Renaissance lived an extraordinary woman: a gifted artist who defied a r4pist, made her own living from painting strong female characters, and became the first woman to paint other women in the nude.

Artemisia Gentileschi was born in Rome in 1593, the daughter of a well known artist. Her father provided her early art training, and when the art academies later rejected her, she continued to study under a friend of her father, Agostino Tassi.

Tassi r4ped Artemisia, and her father brought suit against him which resulted in a well-publicized 7-month trial during which Artemisia was tortured. Tassi accused her of being an "insatiable whore", denied r4ping her even though witnesses retold how often he boasted of the act, and was ultimately convicted of r4pe. He served a year in prison, but the assault deeply affected the nineteen-year old Artemisia. Her subsequent paintings depicted women vanquishing their attackers, or else portrayed strong female characters, like the biblical Judith or Cleopatra, in new, innovative ways. She is credited with being the first woman to paint nude female subjects, something that was permitted only for male painters up until that point.

Artemisia died in 1652, after a cosmopolitan life in the English court of King Charles I and after receiving much praise from fellow painters. Epitaphs on her death made no mention of her art, though, and instead featured sexual terms that cast her as a nymphomaniac and adulterer. A 1998 movie, Artemisia, tells her story instead.

 

Financial independence from promoting beauty, not porn?

Everyone these days seems interested in making thousands of dollars a week with a simple and safe home business. Ads on late night TV showing average guys with cool cars and huge homes want your money to show you how to do it. But we know a scam when we see one, and so do you. We also know a real way to make money, even achieve self-employment, by following a few simple rules. There is actually real money to be made today from promoting tasteful nude websites. In fact, it's the latest craze. It's beauty that sells, not sex, and a whole movement is now buidling up around this simple truth. Body in Mind was the very first beauty-for-beauty's-sake site on the web, and because of our no-sex policy, we've become one of the most successful. By simply joining our affiliate program you can start making easy weekly income. And when you join the programs of several other of the most tasteful nude websites out there in addition to ours you can achieve financial independence by promoting female beauty, not porn. Email us and we'll tell you how to get started if you're not sure. Or if you already have a website, click here to start making money within the next half an hour, and for years to come.

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Hatred of Beauty example # 7,098,892,407

February 28, 2006 - A lingerie shop owner in Augusta, Maine has had to end her live-model window displays after the models received violent sexual threats and had their tires slashed. The owner has said it's no longer safe to continue the display, and suggested the six girls consider "relocating".

A group called "Christians Lovingly Advocating Decency" protested outside the store during Valentine's Day, the same day a man was seen slashing one of the models' car tires. The protesters claimed that live, public modeling of lingerie is 'indecent'. Another group, the Christian Civic League of Maine, began protesting against the shop in December, and even asked the governor of Maine to speak out against it.

One of the models received two violent, sexual threats on her cell phone. It's not known whether the "loving" Christians advocating decency were responsible for the threats or not.

 

Image theft

Body in Mind has recently been the victim of massive amounts of image theft. We have found hundreds of our images displayed on several different websites and newsgroups around the web. While we are flattered that people like our images, what people who take them don't understand is that sometimes hundreds or even thousands of people take the images or zips they share and spread them around the internet like wildfire. The sad result of this is that Body in Mind loses a lot of money from lost signups and we have to cancel photoshoots with many of our models. People, please, filesharing of copyrighted images is against the law for a very good reason. If it was legal there would be no nude websites of any kind, and the models you love would be out of work. Please support the models and websites you like by joining them. And if you see a website who is stealing our images, please report it to us immediately. Body in Mind is a small site. And we are not out to get rich. We simply want to make the best photos we can for those people who appreciate them. Like today's series of Anna by rookie BiM lensman Janosch Simon. Please, remember to do the right thing for the ladies you love.

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Lara St. John, bare Bach

February 26, 2006 - It isn't often that a talented, beautiful woman chooses to value her beauty as highly as she does her other skills. And it's even rarer for a beautiful woman to defend that choice when attacked. Lara St. John does, and we applaud her for it.

St. John is a Canadian-born violinist best known, for better or worse, for her 'controversial' CD covers, which feature her either topless (with a violin in a strategic place) or else in somewhat sexier or sultrier pose than one might expect for a classical music album. She's a tall, beautiful blonde who enjoys her beauty, and even more impressively, defends it. When challenged by a newspaper reporter who crassly questioned whether beautiful women in classical music were 'just optics', she took offense and wrote an essay on her website, saying in part:

"I guess what he wants is for us all to wear potato sacks and never show ourselves anywhere. I guess he thinks that [beautiful women] should all try to appear as plain as possible and hide their assets so that they can be judged on the same level as some fat ugly guy or something. As for me, I am six feet tall and junoesque with long blond hair. I see no reason to hide who I am or what I look like. I guess he would suggest I bind my chest and get a crew cut and wear flats all the time. Who knows."

Way to go, Lara.

 

Bali veers towards Taliban-like state

February 25, 2006 - Fundamentalist Muslims in Bali are planning to turn Indonesia into a strict islamic state - and they're starting with a harsh 'anti-pornography' law that has sweeping repercussions for women in particular.

Expected to pass into law in June, the new law stipulates that 'couples who kiss in public will face up to five years in jail, as would anyone flaunting a "sensual body part" - including their navel - and tight clothing will be outlawed. "Making pornography", which applies to artists who feature any kind of nudity, is also punishable by five years in jail.

In Jakarta, police have seized hundreds of thousands of "erotic" magazines like FHM and Rolling Stone, on the orders of a police chief to "eradicate pornography". Plans to introduce a no-nudity version of Playboy next month have met with protests over the "Decadent west's attack on Islam".

Fortunately, some high ranking people are speaking out against this new law. A noted feminist university professor has said "Women here have always dressed sexily and in tight clothes. This law is something very alien to us. We have bare-breasted women in Bali and Papua, this is part of our culture." and that most women's groups oppose the bill because "...most of it restricts women, what they wear, how they act." The new law would also silence new writers, since "It states that it's illegal to express any sexual desire, to even imagine sex".

The head of the government's tourist authority is concerned that traditional Balinese art and dance could become illegal, and that prohibitions against kissing and revealing skin could be imposed on foreign tourists, destroying Bali's already failing tourism industry.

What's sobering is that it appears Bali is going to go the way of Afghanistan and see the emergence of a new Taliban, and yet no one sees the writing on the wall. Either that or they don't care. Personally, we don't know which is worse.

 

American Idol hopeful appears with twin in Maxim

February 23, 2006 - Did you spot her? The tall, stunning, tanned-skin beauty who made it to the semi-final group of American Idol? Her name is Becky O'Donohue, and we spotted her too.

It seems she and twin sister Jessie, who couldn't audition for Idol because of recent throat surgery, posed for a sexy Maxim spread two years ago. The sports-themed spread featured the girls in revealing outifts, and comes with a minute-long video - although there's no nudity.

The announcement that the twins could be seen on Maxim online caused such a stir that the website nearly crashed. Visitors would often receive a message saying the site was overloaded.

So far American Idol has made no comment on the photos. In a past season the show disqualified one contestant after it was revealed that she had posed topless for a porn site. Since these girls haven't posed nude, and that it was well-known they were models, it's unlikely Idol will take any action.

We don't think they should. It shouldn't matter if a woman showcased her talent as a model before showcasing her talent as a singer.

 

Models in the closet

One of our highest priorities at Body in Mind is to create images that reflect the spirit and intelligence of women. We never forget for a moment that models are real people. That's why we consistently pay them more than a lot of other websites do. And it's why we currently have several dedicated shoots in the works with some of our favourites. Most nude websites out there never come into contact with their models, and are not concerned with the model's rate of payment or with supporting the model's career. Indeed, some prefer to keep the models' contact info to themselves so they are the only site with her photos. They are not concerned with the limiting effect this has on the model's career. Body in Mind on the other hand is thrilled when a model of ours like Marketa Belanoha gets her own website and we are actively working with the creators of that site to make it the biggest success possible. Irina, the model in today's gallery is quickly becoming an internet favourite too. Perhaps one day soon she will have her own site and a resounding career to match Marketa's. We hope so. And we hope we were one small step for her on the way to it.

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Breast Men

February 22, 2006 - Silicone breasts, implants, fake boobs... whatever you choose to call them, and whether you like them or not, it seems as though artificially augmented breasts are here to stay. It's hard to remember, in fact, that women didn't always have the option of enhancing their natural assets. Who was it that first came up with the idea, anyway?

If you're at all interested in the history and development of the first breast implants, you'll love the movie "Breast Men" starring Chris Cooper, David Schwimmer and Emily Proctor of CSI: Miami (and yes, she does go topless in the film.). Don't let the title fool you; this isn't some lame teen comedy, it's a darkly comic and often dramatic telling of the true, if somewhat 'augmented' story of two Texas plastic surgeons who developed the world's first breast implants in 1962.

It's a cautionary tale, in a way. It'll give you a new perspective on the dangers and drawbacks of the surgery, as well as the psychological motivation behind the countless women who lined up for the surgery in the first place. The characters are gritty and real, and the movie doesn't sugar coat the ultimate self-destructive path one of the doctors' lives takes.

We like it because it treats the subject seriously, and because it doesn't belittle women's desires to feel beautiful and men's desires to enjoy that beauty.

 

Young man seeks to ban 'obscene' nude images in newspaper

February 21, 2006 - A young man in Austria has formed a coalition to ban the nude images that appear in a Viennese free commuter newspaper, Heute, calling them "obscene".

Johannes Unossan was quoted as saying "As far as I'm concerned, I didn't imagine my children staring at these lustrous images and that is why I championed this campaign to protect the people's religious and moral values."

"These obscene images make my blood boil every day."

Unossan even launched a website to garner support, and quoted a 13 year old boy as saying "I go red-faced when I spot these images. But I'm used to reading the interesting short stories in the paper."

The paper features topless only photos in much the same vein as the U.K's The Sun, and serves a city known for its liberal attitudes towards nudity.

Luckily, other commentators have pointed out the fallacy of this kind of outdated and falsely moralistic stance. You can read the English comments regarding Unossan's campaign and website here.

 

New Bond girl chosen

February 17, 2006 - James Bond is set to meet his match again - in the form of a beautiful woman, of course.

Eva Green, a 25 year old French actress, will play Vesper Lynde in the upcoming 007 film Casino Royale. Bond will be played by Daniel Craig.

Green has starred in Kingdom of Heaven and Dreamers, whose director Bernardo Bertolucci said of her "She's so beautiful it's indecent". (Editor's note: beauty is never indecent, Bernardo.)

The new film's producers are confident that they've found the right woman for the role. "Eva is one of France's most accomplished young actresses, now receiving international acclaim. She brings to the complex role of Vesper an exciting combination of enigmatic and seductive beauty."

Casino Royale will be released worldwide in November 2006.

 

...be Mine, Valentine...

For those men who find themselves without a lady on this Valentine's day we have this wonderful series of Arielle by Chris Ruegge. We also have this story by BiM contributor Bauer Westeren inspired by the love of Body in Mind creators and editors Dwayne and Leanne Bell to help those who do have love to remember what love should be. Valentine's Day is not only a time to dream about love or to tell the one you love how you feel, it's also a day to make the love you are blessed with everything it can be. More...

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Forgotten Heroines? Mata Hari

When you think of Mata Hari, two things inevitably come to mind: sex and espionage. The sultry "double agent" of World War I, employed by the French to be a "honey trap" for German soldiers, has been vilified for decades as a 'loose woman' who was "responsible for the death of tens of thousands of soldiers." But was she? Or was she a victim of a luxuriant sexuality that was ahead of its time?

Mata Hari was an enlightened performer, who staged elaborate burlesque performances in which she would artfully remove layers of shawls in a slow, provocative dance. She also posed topless and bottomless for photos, something that was unheard of at the time. She even pioneered the 'hip hugger' style of clothing, way back in 1915.

When the war began, The French Secret Service recruited her to "mingle" with the Germans and learn what she could. By this time, she was famous for her risque dances and her sexually liberated attitudes, and the Service was more than happy to use her feminine wiles to suit their purposes.

The British, however, claimed that instead of spying on the Germans, Mata Hari was actually being paid by them. After crossing the French border to visit a lover, she was arrested by the French Secret Service, imprisoned and interrogated ruthlessly. She eventually broke down and confessed to being a German spy. After nine months in prison, she went before a firing squad in October 1917.

Her guilt is still questioned to this day. Some claim that she was, essentially, targeted for being a beautiful, sexually liberated woman who used her 'negotiable virtue' to secure an extravagant lifestyle. Those who believed her guilty said she 'used her way with men' to advance her greed.

Could it be true? Or could Mata Hari have falsely confessed just to end her torment at the hands of her interrogators? Could they really have killed her for being too alluring, too sexually free? We'll never know. But looking back, it wouldn't have been the first time a woman was destroyed for daring to be beautiful.

 

SI swimsuit edition brings back the supermodels

February 14, 2006 - Here's a Valentine's Day treat for you - the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition featuring a cover shot of eight of the world's most beautiful supermodels hits the newsstands today.

Rebecca Romijn and Elle MacPherson are among the ladies who posed for the cover shot last year in the Bahamas.

"It was like a big family, since so many of us brought our kids. We all went surfing. It was so relaxed and easy," says MacPherson. "We shot it quickly and with joy and grace."

Inside you'll find Molly Sims, Heidi Klum wearing nothing but paint, and many other perennial favorites - but we think it's worth it for the cover alone.

 

90 ft nude sculpture to grace university

February 13, 2006 - Every so often a story comes along that helps us envision the precise kind of female-beauty-loving world we wish we all lived in. This is such a story.

Scottish sculptor David Mach is set to build a 90 foot sculpture of a nude woman, who will stand among and symbolically join the various buildings of Dundee University. She will straddle the buildings, standing with her hand on her hip and her elbow resting on the art college roof.

"It will involve everyone and will encompass the whole university,” said Mach. “We want to mix the life sciences with art, with forensic sciences, and so on."

What we love about the sculpture, already dubbed Bio Colossus, is that it will combine a representation of female beauty with the sciences, art and higher learning in general. It will lend an air of respectability to the appreciation of the female form. And it will also seem like something out of a futuristic novel, in which female beauty is a much a part of enlightened thinking as any university program.

 

In studio with Nikkala Stott

So far in our 'Day in the Life' series of nudes starring Nikkala Stott we've woken up in the morning with her, watched her stretch, seen her collect the mail topless, hung out at the office where she worked nearly nude, and driven with her topless to her shoot for the day. Today we'll spent several intimate moments with her both behind the scenes and in front of the camera at a typical glamor shoot for Body in Mind. We think this is the best series yet of this amazing beauty. See if you don't agree here. And stay tuned to see what she's got planned for after the shoot. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Nude, not naked

February 11, 2006 - What's the difference between "naked" and "nude"? Art historian Kenneth Clark puts it like this: "To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word 'nude,' on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled and defenseless body, but of a balanced, prosperous, and confident body: the body re-formed."

The question is, how many images these days qualify as 'nude' as opposed to 'naked'? Some might say the artistry of the nude form has been lost, replaced by stark nakedness masquerading as something profound.

This article further explores the nude in art, and the various criticisms faced by artists who have tried to elevate the female form to the sublime.

 

While you were watching...

Did you know that some of the television shows you've been watching on NBC lately have been cancelled, edited and censored right under your nose by a fundamentalist Christian organization with absolutely no elected representatives? It began a couple of months ago when the American Family Association (AFA) convinced millions of its members to pressure NBC's advertisers to withdrawl their support for The Book of Daniel. When most of the advertisers caved, NBC was forced to cancel the show.

Encouraged by NBC's weakness and advertisers' tendency to pander to minority interest groups, the AFA then forced NBC to remove a segment from the hit show Will and Grace.

We watched this process in horror wondering when the AFA would turn its wrath towards attacking female beauty and sexuality, which all religious fanatics eventually do. We didn't have to wait long.

Today the AFA launched an all-out assualt on the show Vegas because of a supposedly 'indecent' scene depicting a strip joint. The AFA is encouraging its members to file official complaints with the FCC in order to have NBC heavily fined. "Do it for your children and grandchildren" commanded AFA director Donald Wildmon to AFA members, without bothering to explain exactly how images of scantily clad women are supposed to be damaging to children.

It seems it's much more important to Christian totalitarians to not fall behind the Islamic totalitarisn tyrranies in the world. Not only are the AFA and its supporters completely unconcerned what living under a religious dictatorship would be like for our children and grandchildren, it would appear that this is their ultimate goal.

In light of the fact that internationally right now the U.S. is siding with Islamic thugs over the Dutch free speech activists, do we have long to wait for similar violence domesticly from totalitarian Christians?

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When will nude fashion catch on?

We photographers know that it's perfectly possible for a woman to be completely naked in front of many people without feeling silly or self conscious. We know because we work with such women every day. We also know how nice it is to be around such women every day. It never gets tired believe me. The nude models we work with feel comfortable in their own skins - and little else - because we treat them with the utmost respect and consideration. We don't drool while we're working, we don't hit on them, and we don't stare at their private parts. In short, we don't treat them any differently than if they were fully clothed. This pleasant situation can't help but inspire photographers and models to play around with the idea of nude womens fashions - things women can wear to accentuate their bodies and their curves while still being naked. Manfred Baumann and Yasmina for example created this amazing series. Wouldn't it be nice if nude fashion really caught on? But that would take everyone - not just photographers - having respect for the women who would wear such things. All we men have to do to enjoy this kind of beauty in our daily lives is have respect for women. Come on guys, let's get it together shall we?

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Knightley, Johannsen and Jolie pose nude

February 8, 2006 - We knew we liked Scarlett Johanssen and Keira Knightley for a reason. The actresses posed nude for fashion designer Tom Ford and famed photographer Annie Leibowitz for the new cover of Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood Edition. Knightley and Johanssen were reportedly a bit nervous about the shoot, but Ford convinced them by telling them that when they're 70, they'll be glad they took the photo when they looked so amazing. Vanity Fair Hollywood Edition hits the news stands Valentine's Day.

 

Love Hewitt's breast accessories

February 6, 2006 - Kudos to Jennifer Love Hewitt, who recently revealed that she never worries about what she looks like since her breasts will make her look good no matter what she's wearing.

"I just accept them as a great accessory to every outfit", she says.

Unfortunately, the 26 year old star has also vowed to never go topless on screen. But we commend her in joining Jessica Simpson and Scarlett Johannsen in having the courage to say something positive about her own beauty.

 

Watch 4 Beauty to grow

A lot of people these days are trying to tell us that internet porn is out of control and are advocating that the government clamp down on it more and more. Nothing could be further from the truth. Things just don't work that way. Past attempts to eradicate porn in various countries have shown time and again that porn becomes only more and more depraved when governments illegalize it. The opposite is also true. The more free a country is, the more free speech is, the more positive and pro-value porn becomes. For example, in recent years, thanks to the government's inability to write a coherent anti-porn law, the internet has enjoyed almost total freedom, and in that time instead of seeing porn sites go hog wild into the depths of depravity we've seen the skyrocketing rise of the tasteful nude and/or erotic website - exactly what you'd think any well-intentioned government would want. These are sites where the focus isn't on sex at all but on tasteful nudity and artful eroticism. Body in Mind is one of the most tasteful of these sites, with zero sexual content, and a total commitment to beauty above all. Watch4Beauty.com is one of the newest of the erotic websites out there, a site where sexy poses are featured, but where it's clear at first glance that beauty and drama are as important as the power these photos have to arouse. This is one of the few sites we've seen lately with photos we'd actually describe as stunningly beautiful and brilliantly original.

In fact, good taste and beauty are now so prevalent in erotic websites that the govenrment's only plan of attack is to complain that children might happen across these perfectly legal, tasteful erotic images. Honestly, we fail to see how forcing us all back into a situation in which children might happen across tasteless and degrading pornography is better than this.

Thanks to our free internet, the modern movement towards tasteful nude art is making depraved porn sites both rarer and hopelessly old-fashioned.

Watch4Beauty.com is as modern, tasteful, and downright beautiful as erotica gets. Check out the sneak peak we've arranged for Body in Mind members here or check out the whole site at Watch4Beauty.com.

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Where are all the new supermodels?

It's been at least five years since the world discovered a supermodel. Gisele, the now famous Brazilian beauty, is probably the last mega star to come out of the modelling world and become a household name. Since then, can you name one woman who has stunned the world with her spectacular beauty and gone on to superstardom because of it?

A fashion show producer has recently said it's because of our culture of celebrity that worships actresses and singers over models. But having lived through the age of the supermodel in the early nineties, we know that it has more to do with how pro-value society happens to be at the time.

The happier, more positive, more optimistic and productive a culture is, the more likely it is to want to look up to Amazonian women as objects of beauty and admiration. The more anti-value a culture is - like one living through questionable wars, terrorism and rampant altruism, for instance - the less likely it is to allow true beauty to emerge into the spotlight.

The show producer has different ideas about what it will take to find the next supermodel. See if you agree with her.

 

Beauty betrayed again

February 3, 2006 - Christina Aguilera, the singer of songs like "Dirty" and who has in recent years reveled in her sexuality, is giving up her sexy image - so as not to embarrass her future children.

The recent newlywed is planning to 'cover up her curves' and tone down her "x-rated image" so that she can become a 'classier performer' and not cause problems for her future family.

At one point in her career, Aguilera defended her provocative image by saying that she was determined to express her individuality and explore her sexuality.

She now joins a long list of celebrities who, unfortunately, abandon the beauty and sexuality that made them famous as soon as children are involved. The disturbing difference is that Aguilera doesn't even have children yet - just the very idea of them makes her run from her own beauty.

 

What's the difference between art and porn?

For years we've been promising to reveal to our readers the difference between art and pornography. In his kind mention of Body in Mind, the liberal blogger Dean Esmay pointed out that there appears to be no difference betweem a lot of the nude photos on Body in Mind, photos which are often classed as porn, and what is widely considered the greatest work of art of all time, Michelangelo's David. Both display the human body as an object of admiration, drama and beauty. Nevertheless most people consider us porn and the David art. So what's the difference? Is there a difference? I'm just now editing my final draft on the subject and we'll publish it here in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of Marina, and ask yourself, is it art, or is it porn? And stay tuned to see if you're right.

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Ridicule for claiming beauty is a talent

February 1, 2006 - Is beauty a talent? A talent like singing, dancing, playing piano? At Body in Mind we know that it is - some people are born with the mind of Einstein, the musical ability of Mozart, or the beauty of Elle MacPherson.

Yet beauty is the one talent that never gets the respect it deserves. Even the mere suggestion that a beautiful person has talent can bring out the worst in people. People like MSNBC's Tucker Carlson, for instance.

Carlson recently heard of a legal case that so outraged his sense of propriety that he had to bring the lawyer involved on to his show "The Situation" and ridicule his client and their case. The case involves Argentine Playboy model Dorismar who was recently deported from the US. Her lawyer, Michael Feldenkrais, is attempting to gain re-entry for her based on the section of US immigration law that grants residency status to 'aliens of extraordinary ability'

"You‘re saying that because this girl has a cute butt, she should be a U.S. citizen?" Carlson asked during the interview. "You think that that‘s a valid criterion for entry into the country, having an extraordinary body, having a cute butt?

Feldenkrais argued admirably that Dorismar's 'extraordinary ability' was as a model who had achieved such success in her career as to become a Playboy model, which drew further derision and comments about porn from Carlson. He even commented that he was surprised Feldenkrais could conduct the interview with a straight face.

Read the full transcript and see the video here - and notice how the picture that accompanies the interview is not of Feldenkrais or Carlson, but of Dorismar topless. I guess Carlson thinks she's good enough to look at, and conduct interviews about, and attract readers with , but she has no 'talent' and deserves to be the butt of jokes and the subject of scorn for trying to be respected for what she does.

 

Great with child

A few years ago, Demi Moore threw the world into confusion: she posed nude while pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Annie Liebowitz's groundbreaking cover photo made viewers face an uncomfortable issue: can a pregnant woman be sexy? Must we automatically banish her from the world of beauty and sensuality, femininity and sex appeal, once she conceives a child?

We think not. Every human being on earth is here because our fathers found our mothers attractive. We see no need to try to hide this fact, from ourselves, or from our children. In fact, we find great wonder in it. And beauty. We think you will too. Enjoy today's gallery of Page 3 supermodel Peta, pregnant, yes, and still one of the most beautiful women in the world.

"Loved the pregnant pics, she looks more beautiful than ever. Please do this again in future." - D.Stewart (BiM member)

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Blind man cops a look

January 31, 2006 - A Hungarian man, blind from birth, received a surprising gift with the help of his wife, a radio station and two young women. He got to 'see' women's breasts - by feeling them.

Sandor Karvai was tired of constantly hearing his friends talking about women's breasts. "Everybody always talks about boobs. Even my wife always kids me, saying 'Wow, I wish you could see her boobs!'" He says. "I had enough of it, so I talked with my wife about how I could 'see' other boobs. She told me that since I see with my hands, I should touch a few breasts, because if I could see, I would probably look at girls, so I had the right."

So Karvai asked his favorite radio host to help. The host had a couple of local girls appear on the morning show so Karvai could 'see' their breasts.

"It was a wonderful experience," Karvai said. "What's more, one had real and the other silicone breasts, so I got to know both kinds."

Karvai added that he loves his wife of twelve years as much as ever, and was quite content with just a little feel from the two lovely Samaritans.

 

The wild wild west

A recent news item here on Body in Mind reported a U.S. Senate committee hearing in which our freedoms to look at nude photos of lovely women were being feverishly plotted against by our elected officials. Perhaps it's time to remember the cowboy U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who declared the internet a 'hands off zone', something the government was not to touch, tax, or tangle up. It was his fervent individualism - not statist demands for government interference in everything - that gave us a free internet. You can prove it to yourself by looking at TV. TV is totally government controlled, censored, and crushed. Can you imagine if TV was your only source of information? Yikes! You'd never be able to enjoy today's gallery of Nastya on TV. Enjoy her, your individualism, and a free internet, here, while it lasts.

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Whom would you marry?

January 30, 2006 - If you could have anyone in the world, who do you think you would settle down with and raise a family with?

If you're like the men who took part in Askmen.com's online poll, you'd pick Jessica Alba as your potential mate, followed by Sienna Miller and Angelina Jolie.

While this poll is clearly a gimmick to get AskMen.com into the news (long-term relationships and Hollywood starlets?) it is noteworthy in that it asks men to consider other factors in addition to looks, such as whether a girl is indeed long term relationship material, or would make a good wife and mother. It's one of the few polls that asks men to consider values when considering a woman's desirability.

Hollywood starlets and marriage will never go together, but if you want to discover what type of woman with whom you have the best chance of lasting happiness, visit andtheylivedhappilyeverafter.com.

 

History of the 'boob tube'

January 29, 2006 - Television has been called "the boob tube" for some time now, but in all seriousness, tv has quite an extensive history when it comes to the female body.

From the early days when I Dream Of Jeannie's Barbara Eden had to wear a flesh colored pasty over her navel to Janet Jackson's infamous Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction", tv has witnessed a steady progression of increasing focus on the female form.

Here's an entertaining 'history of the boob tube', which highlights the most important moments in tv nudity.

 

Forgotten Heroines: Sojourner Truth

Not many women are brave enough to bare their breasts in public. Even fewer are willing to do it for a cause, or in the face of ridicule and outright hostility. Imagine, then, how much courage it must have taken for an illiterate former slave to do it, all in front of a crowd of men who thought she was too eloquent, too intelligent, to be a woman.

Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in 1799, the daughter of slaves. After the state of New York abolished slavery in 1827, Isabella moved there and became active in social reform and preaching. She changed her name to Sojourner Truth, and became a passionate speaker on abolition, racial equality and women's rights. Even though she never learned to read, she became famous for her sermons and speeches and travelled the country speaking her considerable mind.

One of her most moving achievements was in 1858, at an anti-slavery rally. The angry crowd taunted her, saying that she couldn't possibly be a woman because no woman was smart enough to speak so eloquently. Sojourner silently bared her breasts to the crowd, shaming them into silence.

She lived to be 85, filling her life with work that was well ahead of its time. We remember her courage and conviction, and unwavering belief in the power of an intelligent woman.

 

Casual nudity

Casual nudity is the rarest thing in the world. It takes a lot for a truly gorgeous lady to feel at home in her own skin. The world is not set up for her and she has to struggle against it her whole life. In most places it is illegal. In others, a woman can be put to death for it. Mostly, it is allowed only for procreation. Young women quickly learn that 'good girls' don't let people see their bodies. But what about beauty? Isn't a woman's beauty for her to enjoy? For her to feel good about? For her to control? We think so. For Kristina to achieve her trademark casual feel posing completely nude in today's gallery is truly a heroic accomplishment. We invite you to enjoy her heroics here.

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Video game 'booth babes' banned

January 24, 2006 - This year, the video game industry's 2006 E3Expo trade show will have a noticeably different feel - no more 'booth babes'.

Exhibitors will face a $5000 fine for allowing what it deems to be 'scantily clad women' to help sell video games. In the past, legions of gorgeous women helped get the word out about the latest game, but now the rules have been 'updated' and 'clarified' to prevent them from doing so. No reason was given for the new policy, which says in part:

"Material, including live models, conduct that is sexually explicit and/or sexually provocative, including but not limited to nudity, partial nudity and bathing suit bottoms, are prohibited on the show floor, all common areas, and at any access points to the show."

Violators will have to 'comply with the dress code' before being allowed to return to the floor. To further muddy the waters, the officials say they have "sole discretion to determine what is acceptable."

So, in a nutshell, if you employ a pretty girl in bathing suit to help sell your product, be prepared to pay $5000 for being 'sexually explicit'.

 

Judge declares ban on full nudity unconstitutional

January 21, 2006 - In a landmark ruling, a judge in Daytona Beach, Florida has declared that a ban on full nudity in stripclubs is violates the first and 14th amendment to the constitution.

The city of Daytona Beach "failed to prove it's claim that adult nightclubs create secondary negative impacts on crime, prostitution and illegal drug activity in neighborhoods" Judge John Antoon said in his ruling.

"Gone are the days when a municipality may enact an ordinance ostensibly regulating secondary effects on the basis of evidence consisting of little more than the self-serving assertions of municipality officials."

This is significant in that it appears to be the first time a judge, or anyone else for that matter, has questioned the widely-held belief that nude women dancing is a corruptive or immoral influence in the community.

 

A little imagination

Today we received this email from someone criticizing our series of Vaya posing with a snake: "Gorgeous woman - obscured in most photos by the stupid snake. The snake is ok for a few photos. Why detract from a beautiful woman's body with the snake?"

Our reply: How does the snake detract from her body? Or for that matter, how does clothing detract from a woman's body? Like clothing, the snake is meant to enhance her body, to attract our eye to certain places and to harmonize with her curves. What could be more curvy than a snake? If parts of her are obscured it's because she wished them obscured. Do you have more right to a woman's body than she has? Does she have to pose for your sake and not hers? Our photos are not meant to be anatomical illustrations. They are not meant for curious men who can't get a girlfriend and have never seen a woman naked. They are meant for men who have minds, imagination and values and admire women for theirs. They are for men who admire art and female beauty put to clever and artistic uses rather than just sexual stimulation. If a model wants to make an artistic statement, we admire her for her creativity and enthusiasm. And if she doesn't want to show something, we don't try to force her. We admire the whole woman, not just her body.

Enjoy Anna. She also has a little imagination. Do you?

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The muffled screams of freedom being killed

January 20, 2006 - Listen in on these U.S. Senators plotting and scheming away your, our, and everyone's freedom of speech in the lastest Senate committee hearing on re-instating the Child Online Protection Act here.

The statists age old cry 'for the sake of the children' has become so transparent that it's almost obscenely brave that anyone would try to invoke it still. If any of these Senators actually cared about our children's futures they'd be much more concerned with the rapidly deteriorating state of modern education, the scarcity - and in some places complete lack - of family doctors, the increasingly unattainable price of home ownership, the inevitable bankruptcy of a credit run economy and the statist dictatorship their policies of destroying free speech are moving us closer to.

Concern for children is only too clearly NOT their motive.

Find more links on this subject at Martin Lindeskog's commendably rational blog EGO. If you think reason and objectivity are sorely missing from not only our modern politicians but the modern media as well, you'll find lots to agree with on EGO.

 

Jessica Simpson loves her breasts

Jessica Simpson, the sexy singer who recently filed for divorce from husband Nick Lachey, says her breasts are her best friends.

"I have amazing breasts." she recently told Heat magazine. "They're just perfect."

She says she wasn't always proud of her ample chest: "At school, my boobs were bigger than all my friends' and I was afraid to show them."

Luckily, she's changed her mind. "Now I feel they make my outfits look better. They're like an accessory."

We're delighted to hear a beautiful woman say she's proud of what makes her beautiful.

 

Simply irresistable

There are a lot of nudes sites out there these days all claiming to be about real beauty and respect for women. Some of these sites retouch their photos to make the models' boobs bigger etc. while others refuse to support SuperBeauty.Org, a site dedicated to fighting for the rights of women. Many sites claim they invented this and they pioneered that. But there's nothing they have you can't find on Body in Mind because we've been creating these innovations since 1997, before ANY of the current mega sites were even online! Look closely, check dates, and you will see that Body in Mind is one of the only sites with any integrity and the real source of most of the creativity in modern nudes. Just one of our skills is to consistently find new talented photographers and models, such as in today's gallery of brand new model Anna shot by brand new Body in Mind photographer Janosch Simon. We have plenty more surprises up our sleeves too. We're sure they will be copied as well. The beauty we create is irresistable. Check it out here.

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Forgotten Heroines: Charlotte Moorman

There are lives you will never hear about - stories of bravery and defiance in the face of social constraints. There are women who were beautiful and courageous and not afraid to show it. One such woman was the "Topless Cellist", Charlotte Moorman.

Moorman was an Amazonian beauty and a gifted cellist who, in 1967, performed a concert topless. She had planned to perform subsequent movements bottomless and then completely nude, but was arrested for indecent exposure at the end of the topless portion of the show. "It was the biggest insult I ever experienced", she said. The judge who found her guilty of public indecency declared that her performance was "born not of a desire to express art but to get the vernacular sucker to come and be aroused." He, like so many others, saw no other purpose in nudity than sexual stimulation.

Although making beauty was not Moorman's goal - she was an avant garde performance artist who delivered some bizarre spectacles in her life - she will always be remembered for her desire to create art, and her stalwart belief that nudity and art were not mutually exclusive. She died in 1991, struck down, ironically enough, by breast cancer.

 

"Wholesome" movie nudity

At least one reviewer has commented on the wholesome, charming and utterly non-sexual feel of the new Stephen Frears film "Mrs. Henderson Presents". According to Jim Slotek of the Edmonton Sun: "Stephen Frears has accomplished the near impossible. He's made a movie full of naked women that manages to be not the least bit titillating. One might call it wholesome."

Mrs. Henderson Presents tells the real-life story of a London widow who saved a rundown theatre by putting on shows full of naked women posed in various tableaux. The real Mrs. Henderson was able to get the then Prime Minister to admit that there was artistic value in paintings of nude subjects, thus quashing any objections polite society had to her show. The women had to stay perfectly still throughout the show, however, just as if they were in a painting.

The movie highlights the imagination and bravery of a woman who saw what we saw in female nudity - a wonderful treat for the eyes and the soul.

 

A funny thing happened on the way to the photo shoot

Nikkala Stott is perhaps the most beautiful nude model in the world. So what could be more exciting than to be an intimate part of her life. To have her beauty to enjoy all day long. With this in mind we created a series of photos we call 'A Day in the Life' in which we follow her through a typical day and capture all those moments of beauty that would probably never appear in a glossy magazine spread. In this gallery Nikkala is driving with her top down and gets lost. Happily she gets directions from a good - and lucky! - samaritan who helps her on her way to her latest photoshoot. Check it out here.

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Sexy is a disadvantage at work

A recent experiment conducted by a university psychology professor revealed that the sexier a woman dresses and the more prestigious her job, the more she's met with hostility and negative perceptions.

The researched had a woman wear a sexy low cut blouse and a tight skirt, tease her hair and wear a lot of makeup. She was then videotaped in the role of a secretary, and then as a senior manager. The 56 respondents who viewed the video said that the sexy outfit didn't adversely affect the receptionist's image, but that it did make the manager seem less capable and less intelligent.

"The sexy woman stereotype is a bimbo stereotype. It can make people think "She's not smart, just good-looking." the researcher said.

But if a woman is both sexy and smart, that can also be a problem. "Sexy women can be seen as dangerous if they are smart because then they can use it manipulatively."

We've known for a while that beauty, and intelligent beauty especially, are constantly under attack. Which is why we strive so hard to feature images of smart, sexy women at their beautiful, benevolent best. Let's hope attitudes towards women who celebrate their beauty- at work or anywhere- change for the better.

 

A new year's resolution

We want to ask everyone out there in internet land to add one very important resolution to your plans for 2006. We want you to vow to yourself that you will not tolerate anyone at anytime implying that female beauty is immoral or depraved, not in any way. We recently heard about a slimy company in Las Vegas that is selling hunting trips in the desert. The prey is helpless nude women. The guns used are paint ball rifles. The reason this kind of awful thing can exist is because the participants - the men who pay $10,000 to hunt nude women, the people who created the company, and the women who degrade themselves and allow themselves to be shot - all believe that female beauty can only ever be sexual and immoral. Where do they learn to look at female beauty this way? From everyone who ever sneered at a beautiful woman or called one a slut. So we're asking everyone who reads Body in Mind to make a resolution to stand up for beauty and defend beautiful women when they're attacked. We're asking you to defend the morality of female beauty.

The reward for upholding the moral value of female beauty is gorgeous nude photos series such as this one of Irina by Alexander Lobanov shot for Body in Mind. Hope it's a great start to your best year ever! - DBell (editor)

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A study in contrasts

Who do you think is sexier? A woman who revels in her sexuality but has demure looks, or a curvy bombshell who despises her own sexiness?

Take recent quotes by two popular actresses, Scarlett Johannsen and Jessica Alba.

Scarlett says "It's nice when people tell you you're sexy. I don't think I'll ever get tired of it. Hopefully I'll remain sexy for some time. When people say you're sexy, especially when you're having one of those, 'I need a hat days', it is definitely a nice thing to hear."

Meanwhile, Jessica Alba, the voluptuous star of Fantastic Four and Into the Blue, wants to play a serial killer - like Charlize Theron - in order to "shake her sexy image".

"The scripts I get are always for the whore, or the motorcycle chick in leather, or the horny maid." She says. "I get all these screenplays that start, 'Tawnya is in the shower. The water streams down her naked, perky breasts.' Somehow, I don't think this is happening to Natalie Portman."

So...who do you think is sexier?

 

Topless women sue for pain and suffering after arrest

Four women who were arrested in Auburn, NY this summer for baring their breasts outside a grocery store are suing the city to recover legal costs and for 'pain and suffering'.

The four maintained that a 1992 state Court of Appeals decision gave them the right to go topless anywhere a man can. The district attorney apparently agreed and later said he would not prosecute. The women are now seeking expenses plus $1500 each for pain and suffering.

We're glad to see that empty threats of arrest and prosecution aren't scaring women into shamed silence, and that those who are targeted for using their beauty are willing to fight back.

 
 

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