(photos via La Belle Epoque)
I've always felt intrigued by the enormous amount of sensuality women portrayed during the 40s, 50s, 60s even 70s decade. These were times where showing too much skin was considered unethical, unacceptable, impolite, unrefined and inferior... but still lots of women enjoyed having their pictures taken in celebration of their own sensuality.
I don't mean to sound rude to "sexy" women nowadays, but it's just that back then, these "nude" photos seemed artistic and liberating; like if women were happy to shout to the world "this is me, I am a strong woman and I'm not affraid to show it". Now, all you see in tv, magazines or music albums is just plain porn nudity with photoshoped bodies that have also been previously under plastic surgery. I don't judge who ever gets plastic surgery.. I'm just saying it's not the same as it was before.. when women accepted their own natural bodies.
I don't think sensuality is accomplished by the perfect body a girl might have.. I think it comes from inside; it's the essence of the woman, the confidence to believe in herself to be desirable, luscious and provocative. Any woman can achieve that if she believes in herself.
I've always felt self-conscious about my body... that's why I find these photos so beautifully inspirational. To have the guts to pose for a nude photo.. that takes a lot of confidence and acceptance of oneself, don't you think?