Why I posed naked and natural | Victoria Bateman | Comment is free |

“At the age of 34, I am comfortable in my own body. Reaching a certain age and realising that life is not infinite, I wanted to capture a moment in time. Initially this snapshot was going to be conventional. But, the more I thought about it, the more I could see the value in creating a work that was both “honest” – that showed me comfortable in my own skin – and that, as in my academic work, was not afraid to break through pre-existing barriers and to raise important questions.

My view is that we will never eradicate the overtly sexualised images of women. They will always be profitable to produce, as I well understand as an economist. Instead, I feel that the best way of providing an antidote to this societal disease is to make sure that we show women as they truly are – and that behind each nude is a human being who is not purely sexual.”

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