23. Glasses, Jewels, Body Hair, and Other Decorations
Getting undressed for modeling is very different from getting
undressed for taking a bath or for going to bed. "Costumes" reveal,
accent, and conceal; the modeling costume - nakedness - is designed
primarily for revelation. Decorations which contribute to expression
of the self "at the moment" make nakedness especially effective in
its expressiveness. Here is a "pot pourri" of examples.
A) Glasses help people communicate, when they are needed.
Communication often suffers when glasses are removed.
B) Foreskins are a natural part of a person. If they have not
been removed, they belong; if they have been removed - "Vive
C) Watches, rings, and other jewelry: some people "feel naked
without them", and therefore won't be truly naked unless
they have them on. These decorations also serve as nice
things to use for variety in different poses.
D) Hairstyles are very easy to change: a comb will change them
and offer surprising variety to poses. Pubic hair and other
body hair, like hair on the head, deserves attention, with
occasional changes in style during sessions. Hair can be
shaved or trimmed on occasion: this both changes your
appearance, and shows your recognition that each part of you, and every aspect, deserves artistic attention.
E) Women should wear tampons at modeling sessions during
menstrual periods, if they are comfortable with them, and
if menstrual flow is not too heavy. When menstrual flow
is heavy, models should get substitutes. If you are
wearing a tampon, don't try to plan your poses so as to hide
its string. That attempt is inhibiting, confining, and
unnecessary. The string, under the circumstances, is a
F) When you tan (and people of any race darken their color in
the sun), do your best to make sure that the tan is "all
over" by sunbathing at a clothes-optional beach or at a
health-spa which allows for all-over tanning. Untanned
areas offer visual distortion.
G) Be careful to wear non-restrictive clothing before going to
a modeling session; otherwise there will be marks at waist,
wrist, neck, or ankles, which last a surprisingly long time.
These can be interruptive. Women will be well-advised not
to wear brassieres before a session. An example: if you
wear a wristwatch, take it off, as you read this. See how
long it takes for the lines on your wrist to go away.