When a body is more than a body.

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Guys, I am so jazzed. I am just so freaking excited. Kiqe and I are meeting tomorrow to review the images from Monday’s shoot. So far I have been ridiculously pleased with the results, and I can’t wait to see the rest. He wants to work with my on future projects and I have been mulling it over the past few days trying to think of what I really want to do.

I am a modest and shy woman. Someone starts making inappropriate sexual comments and my face turns bright red. I don’t know how it is that I can model nude and not get embarrassed… maybe it is because it is because I feel like I am doing something meaningful with my body. I am not posing in a sexual way, I am not in a sexual mental state… that part of my brain is shut off and I am working. Connecting with the artist, connecting with my soul. I am preaching without saying a word. It’s an amazing experience just to be a part of, and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity.

A few of the things I want to share with you all are some ideas I have for future shoots. I think it’s important to start this conversation right this minute. We use our bodies for many things, from basic functioning needs to accomplishing physical goals to violence to making love. We use our bodies to manipulate, we use them to further ourselves, and we use them for pleasure. Why not use our bodies to strike a conversation about the things that really need to be talked about?

Everyone’s familiar with the following internet sensation:

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This is exactly the kind of thing I am talking about. NO ONE will look at this picture and see breasts. What you see is a brave woman who is starting a REAL conversation about things that MATTER to women, men, everyone. These are things that no one talks about and they really should be talked about. I want to use my body to start conversations. Not about whether or not I’m a slut, not whether or not I should be allowed to talk to children, and not whether or not what I’m doing is just to get attention. Because I want it to get your attention, but not because of my breast size or the shape of my curves. I want all of us to have a conversation about what’s important: honesty, women’s rights, trust, loving yourself, feeling pain, and insecurity.

I want every person to think hard about these issues and I want my body to be the catalyst for this happening. I have several interesting ideas floating in my head and Kiqe and I will talk about them at a later date, but I wanted the conversation to start here.

I have been openly talking about the shoot on Monday because I am not ashamed. I feel like whenever people hear the words human figure modeling or art modeling or when I start to explain it, they go to that place in their head where I become somewhat of a hussy. Tell me, look at this picture, does she look like a hussy to you?

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No, she does not. She isn’t wearing any clothing, but that’s not the important part. Look at her face. Look at her expression. Look at her posture. Nude modeling is incredible because it intensifies the emotion attached to the picture. Sure, you can take your clothing off and lay in front of a camera and get the sexy look on your face and do all kinds of erotic things. No judgments here. It’s YOUR body, have whatever conversation you want to have with it. But MY body – I want to use to it send a different kind of message. You’ll never see an image of me that is erotic or NSFW.

So, over the next few weeks I’ll be talking about this a lot and possibly posting the things that we are working on, if these projects end up happening. It’s just important that I start with:

My name is Kyrston and I model nude so that I may understand more about myself and help others understand more about themselves. The absence of clothing does not take away my class or self-respect. I want to create art, send messages, make waves, start conversations about important issues, and leave lasting impressions. I don’t want to be famous, I don’t want the attention, and I don’t need anyone’s seal of approval. This is my body and this is how I choose to use it.

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