Everything Charli XCX Said About Female Nudity On Instagram
Here's what happened, if you didn't catch the Insta stories.
From Kim K and Emily Ratajkowski's bathroom selfie to the Hadid sisters’ intimate photoshoot, female nudity has always been a controversial topic and thrown up big questions like: is posing naked as a woman empowering or demeaning, and can you pose naked and still be a feminist?
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Enter Charli XCX. She left an art exhibition at the Tate Liverpool (Life In Motion by Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman) thinking about female nudity, and decided to chat nakedness with some of the incred females on her contact list, posting the convos on her Insta story early this week.
Talking to journalist, feminist and, in Charli’s words, “all round lolz person” [sic] Caitlin Moran, Charli said that she thinks the female form is beautiful but deffo not all we should be celebrating about women. She also commented that it’s not always a turn-on. “To me, being nude doesn’t automatically mean being sexualised,” she wrote. “I really like being naked... I think being naked can be really relaxing and beautiful but I also think it can be super funny.”
When Charli asked Caitlin how she felt about nudity, Caitlin described how she has been asked to do naked shoots since she was 18 because she “always tells the naked truth”, but swore never to do one. (Though, side note, she did reveal that as part of her live show she got semi-naked to make a face with her upper body as a joke, pushing her belly into lips and drawing eyes on her boobs. Looks like you definitely can be a feminist and get naked. Wtf/love it.)
She also had lots to say about the naked women presented in art galleries, and how many of them were painted/sculpted by men: ““I feel like I’m seeing the same thing over and over. Petticoats, fannies, hair in a bun. Blank gaze. Rumpled bedsheets. An air of some wine having being drunk, because the model is so bored... I don’t really see JOY in male depictions of women. They see us as – sexy landscape. They make having a female body seem so SERIOUS. Terrifying, even... There seems such a weight of expectation on those pictures."
She said she often looked at the nudes in galleries and asked herself if the women pictured seemed relatable. "Do I feel her spirit? Can I feel her intelligence, her bravery, her weirdness, her realness? Do I recognise me in this?... my answer is, so often, ‘No.’” she explained to Charli. "I’m only really interested in women depicting women, now."
Another one of the five fab females Charli chatted to was singer-songwriter and model Rina Sawayama. When answering whether she always feels confident about her body and the way it’s shown, Rina replied with a resounding “Noooooo”, saying that she had come to rely on the creative teams to photoshop out the bits that don’t look right.
She admitted that she felt more comfortable clothed than in the buff, as she grew up being called “back with a crack” ("Kids are brutal," remarked Charli) and that she felt she was lacking the curves that were always the essence of female sexuality in her mind. When asked whether there was such a thing as perfection in the female form though she replied, “Everyone’s perfect is different”. "Ugh perfect answer," Charli replied.
We loved that Charli XCX started an honest and open convo about female nudity via Insta. It's absolutely everywhere - magazines, adverts, music videos - and we should be talking about it. All of the gals Charli chatted to had their own views on nudity and a unique relationship with their own body, but the overall message was that women are far more than their bodies, and that's something that should be celebrated.
Oh, and that female nudity shouldn't just be about being sexy, but being fun and funny and normal. We should all feel we have permission to do the naked floss dance just for lols. Absolutely all of us.