Modeling Nude Was The Best Thing I Ever Did For Myself

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Would you have the guts for this?

The whole nude modeling thing started with my best friend telling me a story about some guy's junk. She kept drawing it too small. It was one of her first art workshops with a live model, and she must have been compensating for a little bit of embarrassment. The professor had finally come over to her drawing and corrected it to match the model's natural proportions. "It's alright," he explained. "A lot of students downplay the penis at first."

My friend went on to detail the general experience of drawing from life. There were far more male models, for example. Unsurprisingly, it was harder to find women willing to get naked in front of a class of tens of art students, and even trickier to find curvy female models. You see, in an art class, the curvier you are, the better. It means more interplay of light and shadow, more delicious lines, more shapes to model, more to work with in general. Even better if there are tattoos and piercings and intriguing scars the students could work into their pieces if they got into more detailed stages of their drawings. In art class, none of the normal beauty rules apply.

Read more at xoJane: IT HAPPENED TO ME: I WAS A NUDE MODEL AT 18, AND IT CHANGED MY BODY IMAGE FOR THE BETTER

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This article was originally published at xoJane. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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