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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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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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