Category Archives: Artistic nudes

Large or Small?

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So what IS going on here then? One girl, two bottoms! Take your pick – large and curvy or small and cute.

I think the smaller butt is the original but it’s a beautiful picture either way. The two versions have both been floating around on tumblr for a while without any credit that I’ve seen.

So who is the photographer?

Who did the cheeky photoshopping?

Who is the enigmatic lady?

And I’d love to know which of the two versions does SHE prefer?!


Notonix by Jeff Tuliniemi I get tired of seeing nudes that are photoshopped to the point of being cgi so it’s refreshing to stumble upon something like this. From Reading, England, Jeff Tuliniemi is a new name to me, but the results of his collaboration with Rachel Notonix are brilliant. Such amazing skin tones and fine detail achieved mainly with the use of good old fashioned light and shade. If I was a model I would be beating a path to this guy’s door. One to watch in 2015. This is from the photographer’s Model Mayhem page:

My passion is to create something beautiful, which has drawn me towards fashion and beauty as two of the areas I like to focus on. I’m also drawn to the challenges of street and reportage photography and experimenting with various studio lighting techniques. I like to draw from each of these photographic styles and mix them together with just the right balance. In many cases doing this allows me to push the boundaries a bit in order to create something fun and interesting. I really enjoy the unique challenges each shoot or assignment brings.

More from the Rachel Notonix shoot Facebook Blog

Dynamic Nude Photo Workshop

The Dynamic Nude Photography Workshop is an amazing seven-day adventure into the beautiful mix of sculpted red sandstone, deep blue waters, anasazi ruins and immense rock formations that is Lake Powell, Utah. We’ll work with the nude female form against these backdrops, both on the large scale of the grand landscape, and the more intimate landscape of the slot canyons, where the curves of the canyon walls resonate with the lines of the human form. In addition to focused projects collaborating with models each day, there will be plenty of opportunities to make a wide range of landscape images as well.

Our world-class instructors will help you advance your photography to the next level. You’ll learn how to collaborate with our beautiful and talented figure models, through posing, directing, and effective communication.

Over the course of the Seven Day Workshop, we’ll travel by boat and foot, camp on pristine beaches in spectacular locations, and we’ll explore some of the most remote and beautiful canyons on the lake. This trip is an unforgettable opportunity to learn from world-class instructors while experiencing and exploring a truly magical landscape. Don’t miss out – experience the Photographic Adventure of a Lifetime!

Two of the pictures in the amazing gallery above feature the model Nicole Vaunt.

Adorée Villany

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Adorée Villany performed a kind of refined striptease that unveiled her body as an artwork.

Born in Rouen, she was completely self-taught as a performer. Alone in her bedroom, she performed little plays of her own composition, despite stern opposition from her mother and aunt.

She began performing nude dances in public around 1910, although it appears she posed nude for photographs as early as 1906.

She first captured the public attention with a Salome dance in which she not only performed the Dance of the Seven Veils but simultaneously spoke Salome’s final monologue from Oscar Wilde’s play.

She favoured classical, mythical, and Oriental themes because these provided greater opportunites to use daring costumes that generously revealed her flesh.

In 1909 she performed her one-act femme fatale play, La Panthere, in which the heroine, wearing a spotted leotard, performs a strange panther dance for the man she loves before strangling him.

Supplementing her repertoire with dances that interpreted paintings by contemporary artists, Villany performed throughout the capitals of Europe, but it was in Germany that she found her largest audience. Villany’s nude performances were attended largely by upper-class aesthetes and held in private homes or in spaces she rented for the purpose.

When the Munich police found out they prosecuted her for obscenity, but she was acquitted after a number of prominent artists spoke out in her defence. However, in 1913 a case brought by the French authorities saw her fined 200 francs for outraging public decency.

She responded to her persecution by publishing Tanz-Reform und Pseudo-Moral in which she argued that reform of dance was equivalent to reform of morality. Undaunted by condemnation of her as a narcissist and exhibitionist, she argued that to overcome a pervasive fear of the female body one had to gaze at it with the same seriousness that one applied to the contemplation of artworks.

She felt that being beautiful was a right and that the assertion of this right entailed displaying her own beauty, which in itself did not transgress any healthy idea of the good.

She included much of the sensational press coverage of her performances and trial in the book and made extensive, unprecedented use of photography to document her aesthetic and associate her work with “high art”.

Apparently she made some films of her dances, too, and in 1913, she took part in la revue en chemise at the Folies Bergères.

You could say that this lady was the original alt model. Way ahead of her time, she deserves our respect, love and gratitude. Over 100 years since it was taken, the photograph looks perfectly at home on this site, and I’d like to think Adoree Villany would be proud of its inclusion alongside her modern day successors and spiritual heirs such as the Suicide Girls and the internet-enabled models of today…like Amanda Jones for example.

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See full Amanda Jones set on Zivity

The Art of Robert McGinnis

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Robert McGinnis is a world-renowned illustrator whose prolific, award-winning work spans more than six decades.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, McGinnis studied fine art at Ohio State University. He became an apprentice at Walt Disney studios, but after wartime service, he entered advertising and a chance meeting with the illustrator Mitchell Hooks in 1958 led him to be introduced to Dell Publishing.

So began a career as an important figure in the pulp fiction boom of the 1960s and 1970s, drawing more than 1,200 paperback book covers for detective novels and thrillers by authors such as Donald Westlake, Edward S. Aarons, Richard S. Prather, Michael Shayne and Carter Brown.

Hiis work covers other genres including romance novels and Western novels. Robert also illustrated more than 40 movie posters including the Bond films Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, and Live and Let Die.

He considers himself very fortunate to still be creating artwork to this day. He loves, and lives, to paint, and he is sincerely grateful to those who enjoy his artwork.

In the early 1960s he produced a series of unsigned nudes for Cavalier magazine with some verified issue examples being June, October, and December 1965.

The Buttography of Bunny Yeager

What a boring place the world would be if every woman looked the same as the next. Make the most of what you have and enjoy being female; enjoy being YOU. I’m not doing it to titillate anybody’s interests. I want to show off how beautiful my subjects are, That’s more important to me than anything.

I like to see a model who has meat on her bones. For fashion, maybe you need to show off the clothes, but if you want to show off a beautiful woman, you need her to be shapely, to show that she is a woman.
Bunny Yeager 1929 – 2014 .


Born near Pittsburgh, the teenage Bunny Yeager moved to Miami where she soon became one of the most photographed models in Florida. But she had a problem; it was expensive to hand out pictures to prospective clients, and photographers charged extortionately for prints. Undefeated, she took herself to college discovering that she was far more talented at wielding the camera than most of the men she had posed for!

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In 1954, Yeager met Bettie Page, who had come to Miami from New York, where she was known for her bondage imagery. During their brief collaboration she took over 1,000 pictures creating what American Photo magazine described as “a body of imagery that remains some of the most memorable and endearing erotica on record”. After shooting Page as a naughty Santa, Yeager sold the pictures to the fledgling Playboy for $100.

She continued to work extensively with Playboy shooting eight centerfolds in addition to covers and pictorial spreads. Being a woman in a traditionally male profession didn’t feel that ground breaking to Yeager, but her previous modelling experience certainly helped her get work and come up with striking material. She said:

They all wanted to model for me because they knew I wouldn’t take advantage of them. And I wouldn’t push them to do nude if they didn’t want to do nudes. It wasn’t a day when nude photography was prevalent.

She was one of the first to photograph her models outdoors with natural light but perhaps the most crucial element of Yeager’s work was her empathy with her subjects. She focused on the personality of her subjects, as well as their physical beauty.

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Her photos were also published in mainstream magazines and in 1962, she took the famous publicity pictures of Ursula Andress in that white bikini on a Jamaican beach during the making of the first James Bond film, Dr. No.

In the 1970s, as men’s magazines became more anatomically graphic, Yeager largely stopped photographing for them, saying “The kind of photographs they wanted was something I wasn’t prepared to do.”

Her work fell out of fashion for decades but a renaissance was fuelled by Bettie Page’s emergence as an icon who had inspired performers like Dita Von Teese, Beyoncé and Katy Perry. The pair’s status was cemented by The Notorious Bettie Page – a 2005 biopic starring Gretchen Mol in the title role and Sarah Paulson as Yeager.

Her book Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photography’s Golden Era came complete with an introduction by Von Teese.

Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom” gathers more than 250 lens-fogging photographs embodying the naughty girl-next-door eroticism of pin-up culture. Culled from Yeager’s extensive archive, the collection includes her most iconic shots of the legendary Bettie Page as well as many previously unpublished images, some of which have never even been scanned. Yeager’s pioneering self-portraits and excerpts from her charming 1960s how-to manuals are featured alongside dozens of wholesome beauties shot in the studio and on location.

In recent years, as Yeager published more retrospective books and exhibited around the world, the emphasis she placed on the “natural look” seemed to resonate in an era dominated by photoshop and the “skinny” model.


Bunny Yeager’s Beautiful Backsides was published in 2012.

Booty from Bunny Yeager’s treasure trove of a photographic archive graces the pages of this rare vintage look at the female derriere. Uncovering the posteriors of Bunny’s top models from the 1950s to the 1970s, this playful and sexy collection features 213 images shot on location at exotic beaches, in fancy hotel rooms, on yachts, and at poolside. From butts in bikinis to butts in lacey lingerie to butts in the buff, Bunny’s gorgeous models bare it all in this nostalgic collection of the female form.

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Still working into her eighties, Yeager photographed a model who has appeared on this blog,  Sabina Kelley,  a number of times, first in 2004 and most recently in Miami in 2013.


Bunny Yeager died on May 25, this year.  A few weeks later Sabina Kelley attended the exhibition Bunny’s Bombshells – a Bunny Yeager Retrospective in Las Vegas to pay tribute to the esteemed photographer whom she had come to view as a friend. She describes her experience working with Yeager, “She really knew how to direct, how lighting works on a woman’s figure, and how to make her models feel comfortable.”



Bunny Yeager Pinup who moved behind the camera to take influential iconic shots of Bettie Page and Ursula Andress

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Bunny Yeager’s Vibrant Legacy Lives on in Las Vegas

How Bunny Yeager invented the Pin up