Feb 16 2012

My nude photo

I just had my photo taken for the Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar today by the brilliant photographer Ben Hopper.

It was more difficult than I ever imagined on so many different levels…

More on this though when the calendar is launched.

If you are interested in submitting a photo in homage to Egyptian atheist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy (featured photo), please do it asap as time is running out. Here are details.


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  1. 1
    Jon Tennant

    Your site hits are about to explode..

    Kudos on taking the plunge!

  2. 2

    What is the time-line of the calendar?

    1. 2.1
      Maryam Namazie

      We want to publish online calendar for 8 March but still need 4 photos given that some people pulled out of the project. I don’t blame them though!

  3. 3

    I don’t think I could do it, but I saw his site. I love the picture of the monkey. :) That monkey is a good model. Anyway, I know it would be hard for me have my picture taken in the nude, but I don’t know, that unicorn mask might help some. lol

  4. 4
    HappiestSadist, Repellent Little Martyr

    That is awesome and brave and badass. Nude modeling is a lot trickier than one might immediately assume.

  5. 5
    Hassan Radwan

    Wish I had the courage. Well done to you and others that took part.

  6. 6

    Just wanted to add my voice to number of people congratulating you on this and thanking you (and all other participants) for their courage.

  7. 7

    Congrats, Maryam. You’re a lot braver than I am!

  8. 8
    'Tis Himself

    Nice shoes.

  9. 9
    Charles Sullivan

    You’re such a tease.

  10. 10

    It’s very brave of all those who participated in this project, unfortunately, I do not posess that same bravado myself, so I’ll have to bow out of this one.

    Good luck with it though.

  11. 11
    Rafiq Mahmood

    It’s very difficult trying to get a photographer. Everyone is scared of the pornography laws. Ben isn’t coming this way, is he? I really want to be in on this. I wouldn’t miss for anything.

    1. 11.1
      Rafiq Mahmood

      …and that’s anger, not exhibitionism!

  12. 12

    beautiful, inside and out

  13. 13

    Hey, let’s have some truth in advertising here. You’re not actually nude in that photo.

    1. 13.1

      The photo in this post is not of Maryam but of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. I don’t think we can see Maryam’s photo until the Nude Photo Revolutionaries calendar is released.

    2. 13.2
      Maryam Namazie

      Yes sorry this is Aliaa’s photo. I assumed everyone would know who she is. the calendar is in homage to her so her photo is featured. Winterwind’s right.

  14. 14

    I wish I had the balls to do something like this!

  15. 15

    Maryam, in the OP you say “It was more difficult than I ever imagined on so many different levels…”. I for one would be interested in what you found the difficulties to be. Could this be a future topic for a blog post?

    1. 15.1
      Maryam Namazie

      Yes I will write about it when I stop reeling from the trauma of it all… LOL.

  16. 16

    Thumbs up to you for this. It can be scary, just sitting for a nude photo with just you and the photographer – even if the both of you are the same gender. To do it unclothed ramps up the pressure on the uninitiated. Add in a photographer who is of the opposite gender, and you must have been ready to freak.

    I was lucky the first time I had my photo taken in the buff. I was something like a couple of weeks old at the time.

    But it’s just a body – yours, granted, and precious to you and to any person who loves you, but it’s not obscene – it’s natural, it’s normal. Obscenities are created by and exist in the mind of the beholder. Nothing in nature is obscene, ever.

    Just as my first nude photo was natural and not obscene, being that of a baby, so is that of Ms. Elmahdy at the top of this blog entry – natural, and not obscene.

  17. 17
    Mahmoud Mostafa

    I,m really like ur brave but ur act shocked the Egyptians 4 many reasons like relegion and tradetions but I believe in ur freedome and supporting ur wil… ur humanity will deserves to support …..u r not alone

    1. 17.1
      Maryam Namazie

      Just to clarify. The photo is of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. We are doing a calendar to support her. Thanks for your support though. It means a lot to her and anyone who transgresses religious morality.

      1. Great American Satan

        I knew that wasn’t your picture because I know what you look like from your videos, and I’d rather see you anyhow. I find it really hard to write a comment about this without sounding creepy.

        So yeah, I’ll buy one whenever you guys finish it up. Seeing as how it’s a calendar and we’re a bit of the way into the year now, will it be for the next year, or what?

        1. Maryam Namazie

          It’ll be dated from April 2012-April 2013. We couldn’t get it out any sooner and we don’t want to delay any more.

  18. 18

    World women trafficking association proudly announces the greatest reward greater than Nobel Prize to madam Mariam namazie awarding the degree of

    “Queen Madam Pimp of all the pimps”

    For her endless effort promoting “vulnerable, teenaged ignorant girls” into nudity which surely leads their generations to prostitution, pornography and nudity by which their children and grand children becoming victim of “OUR greatest association of women trafficking association on earth”.

    We are grateful to madam Miriam namazie helping us to complicate government and other NGOs effort to control “women and girls trafficking” …

    We urge all other freethought elements to support Madam mariam namazie for her Devine duty to Atheist intellectuals of this world.

    We are eagerly looking forward to see little bigger balls and wider caves (please allow us to express our FREETHOUGHTS) of mariam namazie if she herself poses nude for the calendar instead of preying teenage girls becoming scapegoats for her service to the atheist society.

  19. 19

    I cannot express how much it grieves me that my daughter has also posed for this wicked, female degrading thing. None of you understand just what you are doing by putting yourselves ‘out there’. You are encouraging the denigration and degrading and violence against women. You are NOT ‘freeing’ anyone. I have friends of many shapes and sizes and none of them are ashamed of their body. We are just old enough and wise enough to know well enough to keep it private and between ourselves and our husbands. This is just appalling and nothing more than pornography.

    1. 19.1
      Maryam Namazie

      Nudity isn’t pornography. The problem isn’t with women’s bodies but the way it can be commodified and objectified.

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