Why there were so many naked people in NYC
July 11, 2016
We figured we’d led you know what exactly was going on.
On that day around 100 people were completely naked in the plaza on 47th Street and 2nd Avenue, serving as models for the third annual NYC Bodypainting Day.
They set up shop in the plaza for four hours (noon to 4 p.m.), surrounded by thousands of gawkers and photographers (watch out, the photos are definitely NSFW).
The theme of this year’s event, which was sponsored by the makeup company Kryolan, was “Inner Beauty.” The challenge for artists was to “seek what is on the inside of their model to inspire a painting on the outside,” according to the event website.
Knowing the event would attract a large number of spectators, event organizers were prepared. They borrowed barricades from the NYPD and set up platforms so everyone could get a good look.
Most of what they saw was totally nude models. The event’s site says by holding it as a full nude event, the shame often associated with our bodies is removed. It also helps make the distinction between nudity and sexuality.
But mostly … naked bodies. People love those.
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