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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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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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CindyHoliday 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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frubafreak17 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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Darknessdawns13 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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mijama Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
absolutely amazing.
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Toddimus Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely model.
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vaneral Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am actually really tired of seeing people recommend a photo of a heavy person, beautiful or not, and say that she is beautiful because she is brave, or imperfect, or whathaveyou. This woman is beautiful not just because she is brave, and not because she is imperfect--how fucking pretentious can you be?? She is no pity case to love because she is less than perfect--by saying that you are implying that she is only beautiful because she dares not to be. Of course, yes, perhaps I'm looking too deeply into the thousands of comments on photos like these, but gods, it's truly infuriating!

She is /beautiful/ because she loves herself, and it shows. The message here isn't 'if you don't have a picture-perfect body, you can still be beautiful'--it is, /love/ and /trust/ yourself and you'll find the beauty that was always there. This woman is truly beautiful, in body, in spirit--can't we praise that instead? Skinny or heavy, if you love yourself, you will look beautiful. If you don't, no matter how dolled up you are, it will show. Like those terribly skinny models who never seem to be able to smile... or those horrifically obese women who can't be bothered to love themselves enough to take care of basic hygiene. Neither of these types of women are beautiful--but they always could be in their unique ways.

And frankly, she's not that heavy--she looks /lovely/. She looks both strong and vulnerable. She looks like a woman.

And I love this photographer. The lighting in this--guides your eyes gently through her form, to each curve, deep or subtle. Makes you look twice, as a friend of mine said. It focuses not on her sexuality, or her tits and ass, but rather the whole of her, and makes you /look/ at her. And you see her. And gods, she's beautiful.
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dlambeaut Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Excessive but natural (Contradiction? I think not). Sexy.
And to all those dicussing about natural beauty and stuff like that, let me say that true beauty is in sigularity, not in perfection. Something, or someone, is unique despite the prevailing aesthetic canons.
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What a stunning shot ! imperfections equals a real person with a life and a store to tell - I love it !
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