By Eimear O'hagan. Leigh Martyn Thomas, 38, and her husband Gethin have been married for 15 years, together for 19 years and have two children, but he has never seen her naked. Leigh Martyn Thomas, 38, a singing teacher, lives in Colchester, Essex, with her husband Gethin, 42, an engineer, and their two children Phoebe, 12, and Dylan, ten. Leigh says: Gethin and I have been married for 15 years, together for 19 years and have two children, but he has never seen me naked. I suffer from a deep-rooted shyness and loathing of my body.
Kindly take your partners... no matter your sexuality
Anyone else shuddering? Is that OK or is it not enough for female performers to disrobe? Or do they have to pretend they like it too?
Have you heard of Kaylen Ward? She was profoundly distressed to hear about the devastating bushfires that have been burning across Australia and wondered to herself what she could possibly do to help. Kaylen is a nude model, so decided to sell naked pictures of herself in exchange for donations to the bushfire crisis. This woman is a modern-day hero with a terrific plan — rational and commendable and altruistic. Why are we comfortable with famous people taking their clothes off, but not ordinary women who want to use their nudity for a decent cause? No one deserves to be mocked, judged or punished. Kaylen Ward wanted to sell nudes, so she did. Michelle De Feo wanted to do that too — so she did. I really hope she meets her target and is able to live a better life. Complain about the systems if you want — an Australian government that refused to act on climate change and failed to support fire fighters right when they need it, or unequal healthcare systems.
I had some scenarios in my head that I wanted to illustrate. I really need to se something in order to draw it. So for the pieces, I had some ideas of nude women posing with different props. I asked five of my friends to get nude and pose together so I could photograph them and use the photos as reference for my drawings. But amazingly, they were all such good sports about it. For many of them, it was a personal experience they wanted to go through to step outside of their comfort zones and connect more with their bodies.