The picture above is my most favorite picture of me in existence. It also personifies everything that I love about posing nude. If I had my way about it, I’d take a friend’s recent advice and put this on a canvas. In this case, a picture really does speak a thousand words.
So, why do it? Why pose nude, whether in front of a camera shooting you, or dozens of strangers drawing you? In one word, it’s all about “liberation”. Whatever our personal insecurities, being naked in front of others is one of the most vulnerable sensation most people can ever experience. I don’t pretend, either, that I don’t feel some of those same insecurities whenever people see me nude, either in-person or in pictures. I don’t enjoy dropping trou for the doctor. I’m comfortable showering nude in front of strangers, and even friends, but I work hard to avoid being seen by co-workers. Nudity is the great equalizer, and when it comes to the human form, I’m just like anybody else… I have a thicker stomach than I’d like (but like everybody else, “I’m working on it”). I wish I was taller. If I had my way about it, I’d have less hair in some places that I do. I’m also aware that I’m not as, developed downstairs, as people would expect a black male of my size to be. Oh, and on the hair thing… some of mine are turning gray!
That’s what makes this picture so special… it represents the victory of everything that makes me physically insecure. I’m not perfect, but I make it with what I have. You can see me naked, and know all that makes me insecure, but I will still rise above. I will fight you. I will be strong. I will use the insecurities that you see to make me stronger than you could ever imagine. And I will win.
That’s why I model nude. When I think about it, there is no greater strength than the courage it takes to bare your body and still be strong. I think that if everyone used their own vulnerabilities to make them stronger, the world would be a better place for us all.