Friday, August 17, 2007

The Weekend Newds 8/17/07

  • Barefootin': A retired North Carolina accountant is an activist for footfreedom.
    But old fears are hard to erase, he said. "Many people think feet smell, are dirty and disgusting," he said. "But if you kept your hands in mittens for eight to 10 hours a day, they'd smell, too."
  • Body of Work: Portraying Lady Chatterley in a new French film has thrown actress Marina Hands into the spotlight, having to spend much of her time discussing her onscreen nudity.
    It helped, she says, that the film offered "a very natural way of being naked. Lady Chatterley is not a model in Vogue, it was not sophisticated nakedness. And we would be talking about emotions in the sex, which is not often shown." For Hands, sex in the movies takes two forms: "You get the cliches, the fantasy of glamorous models making love in the light, or you have violence and porn. I thought there was an empty space for this kind of work."
  • Naked City: A Pittsburgh paper takes readers on a tour of all the public nude art in the Iron City.
  • Nude Parade: 10,000 naturists are expected to march down the main street in a Russian city to attract attention to the lifestyle.
  • It's a Living: Nairobi artist Patrick Mukabi profits from his paintings of nude women.
    "After admiring nude works by some celebrated artists like Michelangelo, it appeared as an exercise I would want to indulge in," says Mukabi. When the moment came for the artist to get walking into nude artistry, he did not run away. Instead, he grabbed the opportunity. That was sometimes in 2004.

    Mukabi says a woman friend inspired him to paint nudes. She knew Mukabi as a painter, but never thought he could agree to paint a friend in her naked glory, for the entire world to see.

    She invited him to paint her and Mukabi rose to the occasion. "I was always inclined to painting human figures. This was an invitation most welcome," he says.
  • The New Nude: Christiania Vodka is holding an online contest searching for "the most compelling modern vision of the human form".
  • Strip Tubs: The Las Vegas topfree pool experience sounds more like a visit to a strip club.
    At all three pools, topless women were perhaps what best attracted a crowd. There is so much jiggling and wiggling around the pool that an ordinary day in the sun can feel like a debauchery-filled bachelor party at the Minxx Gentlemen’s Club & Lounge, the city’s most famous strip club.

    While ogling women technically isn’t permitted near the adult pools, pool visitors regularly steal not-so-furtive glances of anything they can glimpse. Even at Moorea, where a craps table is no more than 10 feet from the sand, some of my friends were too distracted to gamble.
  • Busted: A Trenton woman accused of shoplifting wiggled free from police by shedding her top and running topfree down the street. When she was apprehended, the primary concern appeared to be covering her naked breasts.
    She was arrested a short distance away on North Warren Street, finally handcuffed and directed to lie face-down on the pavement to shield her naked breasts until officers could obtain clothing for her, police said.
  • Boobs on Bikes: Auckland has formally approved the annual parade to promote a sex industry expo.
  • Photoshop Phun: Actress Keira Knightley admits that the curves showing in a Chanel ad are digitally enhanced.
    "We had an interesting discussion when they said: 'We want to make them slightly larger and you'll get approval' and I was like: 'OK, fine. I honestly don't give a shit'"

    She added: "I don't have any tits, so I can't show cleavage."

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