Nudity and Art: Living my Truth

Being a performance artist, burlesque dancer and alternative model, nudity and the human form have become a place of comfort and power for me. I embrace the strength I have in my physical body, a force that allows me to create images, memories, emotional responses through movement.

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Growing up, the brutal teasing from my peers, and emotional abuse from my father made me feel like an alien in my own body. And as a sexual assault survivor, my youth was constantly wracked with confusion and emotional pain related to my sexuality. I’ve spent most of my life thinking I was not beautiful and that my body was somehow wrong. I have been told numerous times I was too masculine, and still to this day people ask me if I am a man or a trans woman. I am not, yet nothing about that comparison bothers me, EXCEPT for the ignorant and judgemental place those statements often come from.

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I love my body now, and it was a long road to get there. There are days I wish away my thick body hair, stretch marks, masculine features, and other traits that have made me feel dysphoric about my body. But when I step back and look at what this body has accomplished, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

All photos by Robert Soto.

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