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Naked People.
posted by swift (113 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Does what it says on the tin.
posted by cavalier at 6:40 PM on March 20, 2009 [6 favorites]


Germans don't like pubic hair any more than the rest of the world, apparently.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 6:42 PM on March 20, 2009


I can't stop staring at Cora (#9). I think it's the combination of short legs, wide hips, and a look that says "I'll discuss comic books in bed".
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 6:42 PM on March 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


Needs more nudity.
posted by hifiparasol at 6:45 PM on March 20, 2009


Hobby: Internet
posted by kisch mokusch at 6:45 PM on March 20, 2009


Ansgar's not naked; he's still wearing his (orange) watch.
posted by emhutchinson at 6:46 PM on March 20, 2009


Also, the Artist.
posted by swift at 6:52 PM on March 20, 2009


You can tell it's pornographic: they're all wearing shoes.
posted by ubiquity at 6:53 PM on March 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


There is something very titillating about seeing them fully clothed first and then-- using the power of the button-- forcing them to disrobe at your pleasure.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:54 PM on March 20, 2009


My German is rusty. Is the artist shaving these people?
posted by tkchrist at 6:55 PM on March 20, 2009


Or, the effects of the Nude Bomb on Germany.
posted by klangklangston at 7:00 PM on March 20, 2009


How interesting. I'd be more interested in this if it were showing some people outside of a very narrow age and attractiveness range.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:01 PM on March 20, 2009


Wow. So there are photographs of naked people on the internet? who'd have known?
posted by qvantamon at 7:02 PM on March 20, 2009


your German might be rusty, but so is his English...
The mostly put question I have agreed by eMail, was:
"Why do the people have no hair in the body with NAKED PEOPLE have?"

I do not point it.
In any case, no prerau's settlement around is to be able to take part in NAKED PEOPLE.
Everybody can present itself in such a way as she or he would like it.
Whether with hair or without ;-)

I would not like to intervene intentionally with a choice
of the outfit or other one not to affect the variety.
(taken from the one FAQ question)

Interestingly, here's what Google translates the German reply as :
WHY DID THE PEOPLE AT NO KÖRPERBEHARUNG NAKED PEOPLE?
The most frequently asked question I got via email, was:
"Why did the people at NAKED PEOPLE Körperbeharung no?"

I do not know.
It is definitely not a prerequisite to join in NAKED PEOPLE can.
Anyone can be present, as he or she wants it.
Whether with or without hair ;-)

I would intentionally not in the choice of outfits or other intervention,
to diversity is not affected.
So... there's kinda your answer? I guess.
posted by revmitcz at 7:03 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


I will look forward to the inevitble "Naked Peoples faces never change" YTMND.
posted by Joey Michaels at 7:04 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Re: lack of pubes, from the artist's FAQ:

The mostly put question I have agreed by eMail, was:
"Why do the people have no hair in the body with NAKED PEOPLE have?"

I do not point it.
In any case, no prerau's settlement around is to be able to take part in NAKED PEOPLE.
Everybody can present itself in such a way as she or he would like it.
Whether with hair or without ;-)

I would not like to intervene intentionally with a choice
of the outfit or other one not to affect the variety.


All clear now?
posted by brain_drain at 7:04 PM on March 20, 2009


Warum haben die Leute bei NAKED PEOPLE keine Körperbeharung?

Gezundheit
posted by DU at 7:04 PM on March 20, 2009


German website & nudity, well I never
posted by mattoxic at 7:07 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


High-resolution photography and the internet at last combine to achieve the sort of thing that 59-cent novelty pens did a half-century ago. I guess the advance here is that I don't have to turn my monitor upside down.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:12 PM on March 20, 2009 [32 favorites]


What was Gary thinking?
posted by a non e mouse at 7:13 PM on March 20, 2009


I accidentally the naked German people.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:14 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Requires Flash Player.

Well duh.

Flash Player Nein!
posted by hal9k at 7:18 PM on March 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


Warum haben die Leute bei NAKED PEOPLE keine Körperbeharung?

Ja!... Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:19 PM on March 20, 2009 [10 favorites]


*dies from favoriting*
posted by DU at 7:20 PM on March 20, 2009


Looks like "Clothed...then naked...people"
posted by Smedleyman at 7:25 PM on March 20, 2009


The artist has a tremendously large head.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:26 PM on March 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


I like the spirit of this, but wow, I never thought I'd say that naked people are actually kind of boring. (Although, perhaps that's really the point.)

I do wish the faces hadn't been Photoshopped onto the naked bodies (or the other way around). I understand it works for the effect of the clothes dissolving, but it does give it a sort of artificial feel. I'd rather just see side-by-side photos rather than going through this Flash interface.
posted by darksong at 7:31 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


They mostly look so angry.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:31 PM on March 20, 2009


I can't stop staring at Cora (#9). I think it's the combination of short legs, wide hips, and a look that says "I'll discuss comic books in bed".
poted by Mr. Bad Example at 6:42 PM on March 20


1) Eponysterical.
2) Friday night.
3) Get out of house.
posted by dgaicun at 7:32 PM on March 20, 2009


Thank you for finding naked people on the internet for us. I don't know how we went without naked people so long.
posted by jonmc at 7:32 PM on March 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


Hobbies: Be A Model, Have Parties
posted by paisley henosis at 7:34 PM on March 20, 2009


This seems very reminiscent of what Greg Friedler does in Naked New York, Naked Los Angeles, Naked London, and Naked Las Vegas.
posted by birdie birdington at 7:38 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


What, no NSFW warning?
posted by milnak at 7:39 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


I emailed this to my boyfriend and then listened on the phone as he giggled and disrobed the ladies. clothes come of, clothes go on, clothes come off, clothes go on...
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:39 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hightower needs more drawbridge.
posted by Sova at 7:40 PM on March 20, 2009


Perhaps the internet could be encouraged to supply naked people a bit faster than this.
posted by Caviar at 7:41 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


This seems very reminiscent of what Greg Friedler does in Naked New York, Naked Los Angeles, Naked London, and Naked Las Vegas.

That'd be due to all the naked, I guess.
posted by jonmc at 7:42 PM on March 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


(and echoing what others have said: isn't anybody rockin' the crotch-fro's anymore?)
posted by jonmc at 7:44 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


This reminds me of them pens with the picture of a girly-girl on 'em and you tilt the pen and all the girly-girl's clothing disappears and stuff.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 7:45 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


::I'd be more interested in this if it were showing some people outside of a very narrow age and attractiveness range.

See this recent thread, and the many links therein.

::*dies from favoriting*

This post has zero favorites yet, as of 40 comments.

::They mostly look so angry.

Germans, Pope Guilty. Pope Guilty, Germans.

::3) Get out of house.

Where are you?
posted by dgaicun at 7:51 PM on March 20, 2009


This reminds me of them pens with the picture of a girly-girl on 'em and you tilt the pen and all the girly-girl's clothing disappears and stuff.

It's actually more reminiscent of those mugs from the 80s which you bought at some tacky seaside for your dad, had to wait several minutes for the kettle to boil, then several more for the clothes to magically disappear, and even then she was still wearing a bra and underpants underneath. However, by the time the good lady had actually gotten to her state of semi-undress, you had already given up waiting and gone outside to taunt the neighbour's dog.

Happily, I now have slightly more patience to wait for women to undress, and sadly, no dogs that need taunting. You win some you lose some.
posted by Sova at 7:54 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Reverse paper dolls?
posted by emhutchinson at 8:01 PM on March 20, 2009


"German website & nudity, well I never"

Predictably, their posture is erect.
posted by klangklangston at 8:08 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


And to think the photographer was just one decrepit urban environment background away from having his work relentlessly questioned as worthwhile.
posted by shadytrees at 8:08 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


isn't anybody rockin' the crotch-fro's anymore?

.....
 ...
  .
posted by adamdschneider at 8:10 PM on March 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


Jon, I'm willing to bet that the group of folks who willingly send in nude photos of themselves (or pose for nude photos) strongly correlates with the group who shave everything they can reach. I'm not sure how it reflects the world at large.
posted by maxwelton at 8:10 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


isn't anybody rockin' the crotch-fro's anymore?

I believe that's a lyric from Beck's song "High 5 (Rock the Catskills)."
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:31 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yeah, what the hell. I can remember when shaved was kink!
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:35 PM on March 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


The artist has a tremendously large head.

Holy crap.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:37 PM on March 20, 2009


Needs more ShamWow®. "They are made in Germany from a revolutionary fabric."
posted by ericb at 8:37 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Don't make me sic the SlapChop guy on you.
posted by jonmc at 8:42 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


The artist has a tremendously large head.

He looks like Sin City's Yellow Bastard after 5 years working in a coal mine.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 8:43 PM on March 20, 2009


Bei zweihundert Grad für fünfzehn Minuten backen UND KEINE SCHAMHAAR.
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 8:44 PM on March 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


Wait. Is "Tender Management" really an occupation? (#6)

Am I the only one who read that and thought "she either works at a hospital or is a professional McNugget wrangler?"
posted by Kiablokirk at 8:45 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


I've learned that all Germans are bow legged.
posted by nola at 8:56 PM on March 20, 2009


It's not just the head, but the entire body position is exactly, perfectly the same.

I had assumed they were shot naked, then clothes were photoshopped on.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:57 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


I could only think of how this could have been done in Javascript, instead of clunky, slow-loading Flash. Clearly, I have issues.
posted by adipocere at 8:59 PM on March 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


The artist has a tremendously large head.

Looks like Vigo the Carpathian.
posted by Big_B at 9:02 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Strangely, earlier today I learned what the word "tender" means outside the USA. And it's not worth repeating.
posted by swift at 9:03 PM on March 20, 2009


Hobby: Hear Music, To Meet Friends, Be A Model

I saw this a month ago, and I was surprised it wasn't a dupe.

Also, I just noticed that they're not all German. There are a couple people from Poland and one from Ukraine. And one from Scotland.
posted by delmoi at 9:05 PM on March 20, 2009


isn't anybody rockin' the crotch-fro's anymore?

I'm a young chick, and in contrast to much of my social cohort, I rock a seasonal crotch-fro. When it's cold outside, I have an extreme aversion to removal of body hair. I need that shit to keep me warm. In the summer I trim a bit. Ventilation.
posted by bookish at 9:50 PM on March 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


I haven't clicked through all the photos, but for a while there are a lot of men *and* women, and people of different ages. Then, after a while, the photos are just of young and conventionally attractive women. The women start wearing thigh-high boots. Then lingerie. Anybody else notice this?

Anyway, perhaps this site proves that being an artist, like being a rock musician, is really an excuse to get young women to take their clothes off.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:57 PM on March 20, 2009 [6 favorites]


Am I the only one offended by the missbuttoning of #3's 3 button jacket? It's sometimes-always-never not never-always-always.
posted by kenneth at 10:08 PM on March 20, 2009


I like the spirit of this, but wow, I never thought I'd say that naked people are actually kind of boring.

It's really true. Went over to a buddy's place a couple of years ago and he calls me over to his computer. Some porn site he had up had a "breast directory" of the models. Is that clear enough? Because the concept was pretty fucking weird to me. So you could navigate through the listings by pic of tatas and then follow your favourite pair to (full) photo sets of the lady in question. I had to admit it was actually kinda fascinating, in that I would often be surprised at what the entire person looked like from that bit. But the breasts themselves... they quickly bored the hell out of me.

Have to say that this site confirms something I've long suspected -- I think clothes generally look way better on skinny women, but it's just the opposite when the clothes come off.

(And that concludes this installment of T.M.I.)
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:09 PM on March 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


i'll have the #1 with a side order of #11
posted by sexyrobot at 10:13 PM on March 20, 2009


Clearly non-depilation is the new deviance.
posted by obloquy at 10:31 PM on March 20, 2009


These people are so Euro.
posted by deafmute at 10:37 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


The artist has a tremendously large head

Look at the size of that boy's head. It's like an orange on a toothpick. Move that melon of yours and get the paper if you can, hauling that gargantuan cranium about!
posted by kirkaracha at 10:50 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Apparently turning the monitor upside down works just as well as a mouse click, but then it doesn't take much work to get a German naked on the web, right?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:00 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yes, I favorited it. Somebody had to.
posted by anvilcity at 11:03 PM on March 20, 2009


I've seen everything, I've seen it all.
posted by furtive at 11:07 PM on March 20, 2009 [11 favorites]


furtive, that was genius.
posted by dibblda at 1:42 AM on March 21, 2009


Wait. Is "Tender Management" really an occupation? (#6)

Tender also means to make payment, so perhaps she's a collections agent or something similar?
posted by zarah at 2:29 AM on March 21, 2009


I am a tender manager, although my business card says Bid Manager. When a large company's procurement department issues a tender (an RFP or RFT) I project manage the technical, financial, commercial, sales and marketing people to prepare our response. It's really a great job, dealing with different industries and learning a lot in short bursts, and requires a bunch of skills - especially if you are the kind who balances technical skills with humanities skills. But I rarely see naked people as part of my job...
posted by bystander at 3:54 AM on March 21, 2009


I am a tender manager, although my business card says Bid Manager.

Oh, don't ruin it for me. I had this image in my head of Smoove B, MBA.

"Girl, I will pick you up for work in the finest limo my prepaid Visa card can buy. Then I will whisk you away to the office, all the while whispering soft quarterly projections in your ear as the driver takes only the finest of toll lanes.

There will also be Starbucks."
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:10 AM on March 21, 2009 [7 favorites]


Now is the time on Sprockets vhen ve dance.
posted by tommasz at 6:13 AM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hightower needs more drawbridge.

For some reason I was reluctant to start critiquing the bodies when I looked at this last night, but I noticed his shortcomings right away. Magnificent body but...let us hope he is a "grower." I also noticed the prevalence of bowlegs, small breasts, and chubby thighs. What surprised me the most was the lack of a waistline on the skinniest girls; which just goes to show that as a woman, I usually only see other naked women in films, sculpture or paintings-- in otherwise highly idealized women.

I, for one, was sorry to see the addition of boots and lingerie as the viewer clicks through-- perhaps the photographer felt it was the only way to keep us interested? I think a better way would have been to vary the bodies more-- more skin colors, more ages, more men.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:19 AM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


the lack of pubic hair makes this look like an advertisement for cheap wrinkly sausages and a public service announcement about the dangers of wounding one's self with an axe.
posted by kitchenrat at 6:23 AM on March 21, 2009 [6 favorites]


i've rocked a crotch fro all my life. in the summer, i just go with a little mohawk but other wise, my africa is always pilated :)
posted by liza at 6:36 AM on March 21, 2009


Naked People ... who need to apply to be on What Not to Wear.
posted by thinkpiece at 6:44 AM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


The artist has a tremendously large head.

Am I the only one thinking of this guy for a role in one of the blockbusters of 2011?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:00 AM on March 21, 2009


The German actually translates as:

The most often-asked question that I get by e-mail is: "Why do the people on Naked People have no body hair?". I don't know. In any case, it isn't a requirement for participation in Naked People. Everyone can present themselves like they would like to, whether with hair or without ;-)
I specifically don't want to interfere in the choice of outfits or anything else, so as not to affect the variety.

posted by dunkadunc at 7:46 AM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


KokuRyu:The artist has a tremendously large head.

I clicked on his picture but his clothes are still on. What gives?
posted by dr_dank at 7:56 AM on March 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


This page started out strong, Men and women of all ages and shapes, and isn't it interesting that the ones with a bit more weight look better naked than the skinny ones. It wasn't long before it became the same old same old, young naked skinny girls.
posted by Lindalou at 9:13 AM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


"It wasn't long before it became the same old same old, young naked skinny girls."

Quelle horreur!
posted by klangklangston at 9:59 AM on March 21, 2009 [4 favorites]


isn't it interesting that the ones with a bit more weight look better naked than the skinny ones

Isn't it interesting how women's bodies are still constantly compared and judged against each other? And no matter what, some women are found to be lacking?

Personally, I was just delighted to see so many thin women who hadn't had grapefruit halves implanted in their chests in an effort to "look better."
posted by scody at 10:21 AM on March 21, 2009 [10 favorites]


Personally, I was just delighted to see so many thin women who hadn't had grapefruit halves implanted in their chests in an effort to "look better."

The having-bags-stapled-to-the-chest thing is a mystery to me. It's really a shame that some women don't realize that any man considers himself lucky to be in the proximity of breasts, whatever size. Girls are all like "Are they big enough??" and guy are all like "Hey! Tits! Wow!"
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:26 AM on March 21, 2009 [10 favorites]


Also: I am glad that women come in all different shapes and sizes. The world would be one boring place if humanity were 51% Tyra Banks and 49% George Clooney.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:29 AM on March 21, 2009


"Hey! Tits! Wow!"

If I ever manage to get my all-girl punk band together, this will be the name of our first album. Devils Rancher, I thank you.

One of the weird things about living in L.A. is how many women you see in daily life with thin frames and disproportionately huge fake boobs. For a long time I assumed they were all either strippers or struggling actresses who'd succumbed to the "small breasts = death" pressure, but now I've come to realize that it's even more pervasive than that. I swear, I get so happy when I see a woman with her natural boobs here, I have to resist the urge to go up and grab them and yell "hurray for real tits! I have them too, see?"
posted by scody at 10:38 AM on March 21, 2009 [12 favorites]


Jesus g*d, that's what I hate about LA. It's not like I'm a violent person who wants people to die, but if there were one city on Earth I could un-exist, it would be Los Angeles. I know some people are happy there, but it seems like such a hell for so many.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:16 AM on March 21, 2009


Weirdly, I really like it here (though I hated it for many years before I became a convert)... it's just kind of a matter of finding ways to live in the non-silicone L.A., culturally and socially, which can take some doing. (And after awhile, you sort of get used to seeing women at the grocery store who look like Real Dolls. Which is all very fascinatingly meta-something in its own way: women who have actively made themselves look like simulacra of women rather than actual women.)
posted by scody at 11:27 AM on March 21, 2009


seeing women at the grocery store who look like Real Dolls...rather than actual women

So, erm, I thought the judging thing was bad?
posted by adamdschneider at 11:40 AM on March 21, 2009


Hah! Fair enough. You're right, they are real women, too.

However, there's a definite unreality to their appearances that is explicitly one of the primary points of extensive cosmetic surgery; it modifies women's bodies to simulate a standard of beauty/perfection/whatever that is, by definition, unreal. Small-framed women with narrow ribcages almost never have DD breasts naturally; large, permanently swollen lips that hinder the ability to close your mouth all the way don't routinely appear in nature; eyebrows and foreheads are designed to actually move, rather than be frozen. Yet these by-definition-unnatural beauty features are becoming, well, if not ubiquitous, then certainly increasingly common.

I mean, if even the most striking supermodels and A-list actresses get airbrushed when they're on the cover of a magazine, then by beauty industry standards, no one's good enough, are they?
posted by scody at 12:01 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hey, it's cool. I judge all the time. Not all judging is created equal, as far as I'm concerned.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:12 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh, and also a secondary point: I feel like hyper-cosmetic surgery, particularly on young women, is designed to deindividualize women, to strip away as much of their physical and facial distinctiveness as possible. I casually knew one young actress several years ago when we lived in the same building; she was naturally pretty in a girl-next-door way, and was frustrated that she just couldn't get any work. I saw her a few years later and literally didn't recognize her at first, she'd had so many procedures done (cheeks, lips, teeth, breasts, botox). I have no idea if she was actually getting cast more frequently or not, but I was dismayed to see that she'd essentially erased her own face in an effort to get work. (So perhaps that's a good illustration of your observation that "not all judging is created equal"...)
posted by scody at 12:26 PM on March 21, 2009 [6 favorites]


that's funny, scody, because I've been thinking about that for a while. My roommate has all these posters from Maxim of these women who... all look like they're the same person: Besides hair color, there isn't any variation.
The way to be 'beautiful' seems to be to get rid of anything that's uniquely you and to reduce yourself to a set of archetypes- almost making yourself into a doll.
I know I'm not old or fat or anything yet, but I'm not perfect and I actually enjoy that.
posted by dunkadunc at 1:27 PM on March 21, 2009


Now I miss LA. I love both the natural and the unnatural parts of it --- remember, the latter includes not just the mainstream plastic surgery people, but also the body modification / tattoo / etc crowd (I knew way more people in the second). LA is a rejection of a "natural" way of living -- by its very existence, which is exactly what I liked about it. That, and a great place for freaks, which is the other thing I loved about it (as opposed to SF which only looks that way until you realize the band of freaks is disappointingly narrow by comparison).

To me the plastic surgery / body modification stuff isn't something people should approve or disapprove of -- it's your damn body, and you can change it however you want. If surgery didn't squick me out so much I might do it myself, as it is I get queasy just thinking about it.
posted by wildcrdj at 2:02 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


My roommate has all these posters from Maxim of these women who... all look like they're the same person: Besides hair color, there isn't any variation.

I know, it's weird, isn't it? I was looking at some Playboys from the early '60s that my boyfriend has, and I was struck by how much more variation there was among the women. Now, granted, it wasn't a tremendous amount of variation (it was still an age range of about 19-25, and they were all conventionally "pretty" and only of a few ethnic types) but yet every one of those women actually looked like a distinct individual: some had small breasts, or thin lips, or thigh cellulite, or birthmarks, or slightly crooked noses or teeth, etc. All these perfectly natural (and perfectly sexy) attributes have now been essentially made invisible in magazines, film, etc.

Which -- to get back to the FPP -- is why I thought every woman portrayed on the website was genuinely attractive in her own way.

To me the plastic surgery / body modification stuff isn't something people should approve or disapprove of -- it's your damn body, and you can change it however you want.

But I think there's a genuine difference between doing surgery/modification because it allows you to actively embrace or express yourself in a more positive way, vs. doing it out of pressure to conform to an external standard you're told you don't live up to, as was obviously the case with my former neighbor. In fact, the story of a different neighbor illustrates this pretty well: I also used to live next door (same building, different year) to Franka Potente. Around the time I was moving out of the building, she told me she was planning on moving back to Germany. One of the main reasons why, she said, was that she was tired of being told by producers here that she needed to get plastic surgery and lose weight. And this was after she'd been in Run Lola Run and the Bourne films! Because there were still people in Hollywood telling her she wasn't pretty or thin enough.

So when so many not-internationally-famous young women (like my previous neighbor) acquiesce to being told by producers and agents that they really need to get their cheeks/chins/noses/teeth/eyes/boobs done in order to have a chance at success, I don't think it's analogous to the kind of liberating self-expression that folks in the body mod/tattoo subculture say they experience.
posted by scody at 2:24 PM on March 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


Can we get this as an option on our profile pages?
posted by new and improved buzzman IV at 3:28 PM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


Personally, I was just delighted to see so many thin women who hadn't had grapefruit halves implanted in their chests in an effort to "look better."

I'm fairly certain that #19 is a grapefruit smuggler.
posted by bradth27 at 3:53 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


This just confirms my received wisdom that most people are boring naked. They seem to increase in body issues as the series goes on, and the men just drop out altogether. Please replace the Germans' razors with sandwiches, danke.
posted by limnrix at 5:31 PM on March 21, 2009


And if you volunteer for this site, turns out you become a silly tabloid story.
posted by imperium at 6:43 PM on March 21, 2009


The level of intelligence that British tabloids write for really make me wonder.
posted by dunkadunc at 7:10 PM on March 21, 2009


I also used to live next door (same building, different year) to Franka Potente.

OH MY GOD SHE IS MY BIGGEST FILM GIRL CRUSH OF ALL TIME EVER
posted by infinitywaltz at 11:35 PM on March 21, 2009


Is she nice? She seems like she'd be nice.
posted by infinitywaltz at 11:35 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Incredibly nice. Very, very laid back and smart and funny and unpretentious. I was sorry I didn't get to know her till shortly before I moved out of the building -- we genuinely had a good time hanging out. (The first few times we spoke briefly around the building, I didn't even realize it was her -- she wore no makeup, dressed down, and drove a crazy old Dodge Dart or something. I just thought she was a funky German chick who had come to L.A. for some reason. Then I was in her kitchen having a cup of coffee and a saw a snapshot of her on Leno or Letterman or something, and the light bulb kinda went off...)
posted by scody at 12:08 AM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Why the Artist is not naked?
posted by Think [Instrumental] at 3:57 AM on March 22, 2009


Shouldn't it read "Naked White People"? Or is that redundant?
posted by Poagao at 5:28 AM on March 22, 2009


Greg Friedler's Naked London
posted by Tenuki at 10:34 AM on March 22, 2009 [5 favorites]


I'm fairly certain that #19 is a grapefruit smuggler.

Thank you for saying this. I wondered at her too. Part of what I liked about this site was seeing women whose breasts weren't perfect. Like Secret Life of Gravy said, a straight woman in this society rarely sees non-idealized female nudity.
posted by CunningLinguist at 11:45 AM on March 22, 2009


'I get so happy when I see a woman with her natural boobs here, I have to resist the urge to go up and grab them and yell "hurray for real tits!"'

You're so not alone in this.
posted by Eideteker at 2:31 PM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


You're so not alone in this.

My guess would be that you're not even in the minority in this.
posted by Caviar at 6:32 PM on March 24, 2009


Heh... I happened to read this today:
"Complete strangers will say, 'Great boobs!'," explains Newell, 37, who got implants in 1991 because she wasn't happy being an A cup -- especially in her hometown of Los Angeles. "I'll have women pull me aside in a bathroom and ask if they can touch them."
Ah, Los Angeles.... where strangers will want to touch your breasts, whether they're real or not.
posted by scody at 5:15 PM on March 27, 2009


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