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Model: Kerosene Deluxe

It was really fun shooting this with Kerosene. Normally she's vamped to the max with corsets and stockings and hairpieces. I'm honored that she trusted me to do simple nude photos with her <3

**EDIT 1/27:
Wow, I forget to check DA for a while, and I come back to see a DD :wow:

Thank you!! It's been fun reading through all the feedback and discussion
prompted by my image.

One thing I do want to note is that I feel all the people discussing the model's weight/health are missing that really, it's a bit irrelevant: what makes this photo special is that it's a stripping away of beauty armors--heavy makeup, corsets, other accouterments--which are normally used by Kerosene to create her other works. This photo is less about who she can become through styling, and more about being courageous enough to step out of her comfort zone and trust being photographed as her bare self. It would have been just as special if she had been a thin model making an exception to her standard no-nude rule.
Body comments would have happened either way- she's voluptuous, so she gets the "real woman"/"fat and unhealthy" dichotomy, whereas were she slender, I am positive there'd be the "I'm so tired of stick thin models!/eat a sandwich!" to contend with. Anyone who is photographed nude is subject to judgements about what they choose to do with their body, whether it's "perfect" enough. Can't win. Would you insult an old woman for being photographed nude because she wasn't young and sexy enough? Because this is really what all the controversy is about: be attractive in the way the viewer wants, or be bashed. Gotta give Kerosene props for shooting nude despite all that. Sometimes beauty isn't about how "healthy" (fuckable) you are.
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Given 2013-01-11
Curves of Angels by ~silvergrey The suggester says, "It's inspiring to see a woman with imperfections, that is beautiful and sexy and the lighting is striking, too. I also think it's an inspiring piece to people who don't have a "picture-perfect" body that they, too, are beautiful." Suggested by VAgentZero and Featured by Nyx-Valentine )
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EricAtRandom Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word sums this up... WOW!

I'll add just a couple more though. Love the lighting, the model, and the pose. Absolutely beautiful work!
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bundabergkid Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
 mesmerized
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TheBrokenRomantic Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I absolutely love this picture!
As a curvy girl myself, I completely object to the comments below like 'thank goodness she's an imperfect model' - I think her body is incredible, but everyone's has a flaw somewhere, therefore everyone is imperfect.
I love her tattoos, her curves, the shadow over the middle of her body which enunciates her femininity even more.
And her expression is just perfect, open but closed at the same time.
I know it takes an amazing model, but also an incredible photographer to make an incredible picture like this.

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Lalunabluena Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i do like how the woman has an very angular face on a very curvy body.
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ryosan33 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Skinny women are for boys. Thick ones are for men. :)
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Dawnhammer88 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Incredible sexy...wonderful!
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no1wantsthisname Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Ah, thanks very much for that, hehe! ;D
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melanie68 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Just stunning!( I'd love to be comfortable enough with my body to pose like that! )
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KPeters626 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
featured: [link]
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ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Total beauty!
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Toddimus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
First I'm not old. Second takes a fat guy to know one. I am fine with myself.
At least I am not an arrogant dickhead who randomly insults people, then cowardly hides behind his computer whacking off to soft porn and crying because he never got any real love in his life.

If insulting pretty much everyone who disagrees with you makes you feel better about yourself, which I doubt it does since it reflects nothing but darkness and depression in your self loathsome pictures. Nothing about your style is attractive or professional.. and eventually down the road someone is gonna kick your ass, if they haven't already.

Learn how to talk civil and respectul to people. You will make more friends that way. Instead of childish rants. I'm rubber, your glue, what you say to me sticks to you.

Hold up a mirror kid and take a long hard look at yourself, and you will see you are what you call others.
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graphicsurge Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
oh no an old fat guy has no problem with a young fat girl making disparaging remarks about thin people, bug surprise.

I dont know if thats sad or the fact that you are in your 50s and quoted a song as a form of retort.

but looking at your crap attempts at art, i think it's fairly evident creativity is not a realm you are comfortable in.
keep on being mediocre chubs, im sure all the young fat girls will appreciate it.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello! :wave:

I have used your beautiful deviation as part of my title poem project entry, found here: [link]

Have a great day! :heart:
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Bahar1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, you are the one who's sick! And it comes from your stupidness so it's sad. You can't even understand something as simple as that, I've explained so much to you I've memorized: YES, we do say that to many patients because fat already causes many of the patients' problems and when fat is gone, problems are gone too. If there's a biggot here, it is YOU buuuut you're so obsessed on something I can't make you understand that!

Keep your fat! That will make me happy, believe me...Nvm, I can't advice someone to make something bad for their health. I take it back. Just trust me, things are not as simple as you think. Research more, pretty please. It makes me so sad to see this.
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CindyHoliday Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've always thought she is so beautiful! You've captured her perfectly. With every elegant curve and a look that draws you in and keeps you.
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onedarkangelart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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frubafreak17 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture. It's so gorgeous because of how simple it is. Like you said, there are plenty of pictures of this same model with all this extra business going on, sometimes she, herself, gets pushed into the background. This brings her to life completely!

But I have to agree with your added note about all this conversating about her physical features. Everything you said, whether it be the idea that someone would say something no matter how thin or not she was or why it even matters. But you truly nailed it with your last sentence.

Nonetheless, I love this because it is an artful representation of a woman who, for once, can be seen as she naturally is. :)
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tuxsuti Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely and beautifully done.
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Darknessdawns13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Honestly I think this is one of the most beautiful nude photos I have ever seen. I appriciate the fact that the model isn't perfect. She's a real woman like me. She has curves and a serious amount of beauty to be seen. We're all different and in our own way we are also all beautiful. This makes me think that someday even I may be able to have nice portraits made of myself.
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timelessangel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I respect the fact that Kerosene was willing to come out of her comfort zone and allowed you to photograph her nude. I know I wouldn't be comfortable enough to do the same.
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A2Matos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Photographer
Your work has been featured in - Red Carpet: Artistic Nudes & Glamour Vol.1 [link]
Congratulations =D
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mijama Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
absolutely amazing.
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jstuckey001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Very nice piece
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thepissant Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Kerosene, you are fucking hot! Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise! =D
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ProphetX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
takes my breath away. She is gorgeous!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks again for posting this beautiful portrait, Darien, of a beautiful -- and outrageous -- woman.
Steve (long past the perfect age)
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm indifferent to nude photography, but i definitely liked the description.
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Toddimus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely model.
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Toddimus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Leave the girl alone - those words are very hurtful - I did not see anything wrong in what she said, but you went overboard fella.

But the Bloodhound Gang says it best..

I hope ya flip some guy the bird
He cuts you off and you're forced to swerve
In front of the Beatles' tour bus
A Bookmobile and a Mack truck
Hauling hazardous biological waste
The light turns red you have no brakes
And "Hard Copy" gets it all on tape
So you can see the look on your face

Die Die Die Die Die Die Die
Die Die Die Die Die Die Die

I hope your Pinto begins to spin
Takes out a disabled Vietnam Veteran
Mows down a Nobel Peace Prize Winner
And maybe some orphans having Christmas dinner
Perhaps even the British Royal Family
And the Rabbi that's clutching the bottle-fed puppy
And we can't forget the newlyweds
And those Jerry's Kids are as good as dead

I hope this helps to emphasize
I hope this helps to clarify
I hope you die

I hope your cellmate thinks he's God
But C.N.N. refer to him as "Bowling Ball Bag Bob"
Serving time again for abuse of a corpse
Only this time the victim's a Clydesdale horse
While he masturbates to photos of livestock
He does the "Silence of the Lambs" dance to Christian Rock
Eats feces and quotes from "Deliverance"
And fights with his imaginary playmate Vince

Die Die Die Die Die Die Die
Die Die Die Die Die Die Die

I hope he grins like Jack Nicholson
And forces you to play a game called "Balls On Chin"
And whatever happens next is all a blur
But you remember "fist" can be a verb
And when you finally regain consciousness
You're bound and gagged in a wedding dress
And the prison guard looks the other way
'Cause he's the guy ya flipped the bird the other day
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TracyWong Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"I would have been a really happy doc if you stopped misreading things, even after I explain them. "...automatically tell them to lose weight, REGARDLESS of WHY they came to see you." Who told you that?!"

YOU did, actually. When you said: "If she came to me as a patient with ANY problem, one of the first things I would say would be "Lose some weight."

I can't argue with someone who is so misguided and sick as to treat people in such a way. It's people like you who make "overweight" people not want to go to see doctors, even when they should. I'm not going to continue this conversation with you, I have better things to do then to argue with bigots.

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Bahar1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, in my language, there's a saying that goes as "a man who tries to sell a grocer some grocery". That's what you do. You are an amateur at my field and you tell me not to read pharmacological company funded research, and you explain at lenght, too! LMAO. OMG, how couldn't I think of that myself before?! Lol.

Last week when I told you to give a study example, I already knew that you would give that exact study! Because it was on all the news, everyone on the planet read it. But you haven't read in between the lines of the study. Me and other docs have watched it along and read about that study long before it came to public attention. But we did more: We discussed it, read other professionals' reviews about it, we spent days on it. Then we differed from you: We have a pretty good idea about WHY the study turned out like that and what it implies. And that didn't require a single policy change about how we treat a patient. Btw, I've never checked a bmi in my life. Stop attacking your self-created stereotype using me, ok? Wake up! Things might not be as simple as you think about this issue! If you think they are, walk into a hospital and start treating people. You'd probably kill them, no kidding.
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Bahar1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would have been a really happy doc if you stopped misreading things, even after I explain them. "...automatically tell them to lose weight, REGARDLESS of WHY they came to see you." Who told you that?! I explained for a huge paragraph that most of the people who come to see doctors are already having problems caused by too much fat, and being overweight messes with every single thing in the body! If you have a broken ankle and are overweight, we tell you to lose weight that your joints are not under too much pressure. If you have heart disease, we tell you to lose weight that your heart won't experience a burn out, etc. If you have metabolic syndrome, we say you have to lose weight. I've told you these before for god's sake!

News flash, you're the most dillusional thing I've met online. I don't know why, but you're obsessed with the idea that weight SHOULD BE!! good. Are you disturbed by your own weight or something? Why the obsession?! You are WRONG. Weight has a DIRECT, repeat, DIRECT effect on the body. Take a metabolic syndrome patient and make her eat healthy and exercise but keep her weight similar. She will SUFFER, do you read right? SUFFER. Because belly FAT, read well, bugs your system and makes the body secrete wrong levels of wrong hormones. It's the PRESENSE OF FAT ITSELF. The same goes for a lot of things...which you wouldn't understand and find something else to attack me...
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amir72kh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
nice face , but fat ;)
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HaleyGeorge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
She's perfect
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legalmom Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
WOnderful!!
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graphicsurge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
shut your fucking mouth you cow. YOu are so inbred to be the poor "little" fat girl that even when you are making disparaging comments about thin girls you don't see it.

If you are too stupid to COMPLIMENT the work without making it a slight about thin people thats not my problem.

YOU turned this into a fucking social commentary on weight, YOU chose to make a comment about thin girls, YOU are the bitter hateful pig that doesn't comprehend your thin comment is not different than if someone had said "its nice to see a girl that it's all rolls of fat".

If you really care about "lacing" the gallery with garbage you would have sent me a private message, but no your gross sweaty hand just ITCHED to make this a public debacle, hypocrite.

Now fuck off and go jogging.
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SBGothik Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Ok, look ignoramus, if I was bashing stick thin girls or hated on thin girls in general I wouldn't be dating them. If you want to take what was meant to be a compliment to the photographer and twist it around into your own pseudo-political, half brained ass argument then that's your problem. Appreciate the damn art for what it's worth, have some respect for the model and the deviant member you're lacing this trash in their gallery with and leave the commenters alone, myself included. Goodnight.
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graphicsurge Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
a shame fat girls cant compliment someone without bashing "stick thin" girls. If you don;t see how your own comment involved judging others looks, you have too much fat in your ear.
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Amber1010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
She is fucking fabulous !! Great shot !
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Persephne Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Simply beautiful... Wonderful shot, Kerosene is gorgeous woman.
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Niranis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student
Wow, i'm impressed by tour comment. I agree of course, she's so true, sincere and it's beautiful.
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SabertoothChikn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good for you, and I wasn't pulling any kind of card. You spelled it wrong and I was correcting that. And on top of that you were extremely rude to the picture, the word "fatty" does not insult anyone but your self and your intelligence. And if I had nothing to say I wouldn't be replying :iconderpplz: hadur.
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ideoteqa Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Only people who have nothing to say use the grammar card. I'm a native Spanish speaker.
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DangerousRiddle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
She is beautiful, her expression shows that she knows it too.
I love the way she looks so confident of her body and her spirit. And her tatoos rocks!
Her eyes shows somehow a vulnerability that is completely unexpected, and it is the most gorgeous thing on the role image. Just gotta love it!
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Tkaczka Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Great.
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hinack Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Love her,so gorgeous, great shot as well .. I love the colours :)
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groteskfaery Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know that that argument has been going on for several pages, right? Comment on those.
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TracyWong Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The way our current focus is, is on people's weight instead of what's important - diet and exercise habits. Try reading more health/weight studies done by someone other than a pharmacological company or the bariatric industry (ie, people and companies who's livelihood depend on people believing that a higher bmi automatically means it's bad for your health). Heck, you can start with a study published last week by Katherine M. Flegal, the C.D.C., and the National Institutes of Health in The Journal of the American Medical Association, involving nearly three million subjects from more than a dozen countries, that found a 6 percent decrease in mortality risk among people classified as overweight and a 5 percent decrease in people classified as Grade 1 obese. Does that mean that people who are in the “overweight” category are automatically healthier than those in the "normal" weight category? No, nor does it mean that studies that show people of an "normal" bmi are automatically healthier than those in the "overweight" category. There is no reason to believe that the trivial variations in mortality risk observed across an enormous weight range actually have anything to do with weight. Most weight/health studies only factor in one thing - weight and health. Not the most important factors that usually aren't included in these studies - people's lifestyles, their eating habits, and their exercise levels. If weight was the factor in health then thin people wouldn't have heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc etc. But thin people die of these so-called "obesity" related illnesses every day. As a doctor, simply taking one look at a patient and telling them to lose weight simply because their bmi is over the "normal" weight range, without knowing anything else about them is reckless and negligent. Often it’s doctors like that that actually keep patients from wanting to even go to the doctor, even when they really need to go.
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TracyWong Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"we doctors will all be wrong and you, the one studying weight, will win over us one day" You speak for all doctors now? News flash, not all doctors believe what you believe. I don't even believe you are a doctor, but honestly I don't really care if you are or are not, as it's neither here nor there. But the only reason why I've chosen to continue this conversation with you is on the off chance that you might really be a doctor - and that you really do treat your patients that way. I pity your patients if what you said is really how you treat them. I would hope that you would be more enlightened than to just see a patient who isn't thin and then automatically tell them to lose weight, REGARDLESS of WHY they came to see you. How do people usually lose weight? They eat healthier and they exercise more. Do you not see that that may be what plays the factor in their improved health. Not the numbers on a scale? The way a person eats and how much exercise they get plays a much bigger factor on health than how much they weigh. The current thoughts on weight = health is insanity and is far more damaging than you may ever understand. Someone who eats well and exercises often will be healthier, regardless of how he or she looks.
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starfox365 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah....because those things are totally more commonly referred to as imperfections? Look, if you're trying to start something, just please stop. To clear the air, I did also say 'I see no imperfections, other than the tattoo....'

Which, should also cover the fact that I still disagree with the comment, no matter what it was in reference to. I love the human form, and I think that tattoos hide that beauty, but I also respect that many artists/individuals consider their body to be a canvas. So, really, I respect the tattoo, though I would've loved this picture with or without it.

Really, you're just trying to pick a fight where there is none.
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