Take it all off

1 Apr

I came to Vegas as many of my friends did… not to follow a dream, but to follow a guy. Much like getting someone’s name tattooed on your body, the only ending for such a scenario is a spectacular break up. Although less spectacular than most, mine was nonetheless a serious setback in my Southern girl daydreams of happily ever after.

Vegas is a funny place. Very few out-of-towners, myself included, ever thought of the city as anything more than the Strip and the airport, but this city’s population actually hovers around 2 million souls, the majority of whom are from somewhere far away, and far, far different.

I have been a fashion model off and on for much of my life, but never did I think I’d carry anything like that into Sin City. My idea of what Vegas models did was vaguely linked to the shadowy “happy endings” in our fair city’s staggering amounts of Asian massage parlors – of course, at first, I just thought that locals and visitors who frequented such places were supremely stressed out. It wasn’t until after I saw the inch-thick “entertainers” section in the yellow pages that I realized that it ain’t stress that brings the customers in.

The path to my literal designation as Live Nude Girl began when I was enrolled in art classes at the College of Southern Nevada, and the department head asked me if I wanted to be a model for the life drawing classes. I supposed it wasn’t that much of a stretch from all the gay male dressers who saw me naked over the years in the changing rooms at fashion shows, so I accepted the challenge, er, job.

Although my career is unconventional and fodder for countless questions from family and friends, I absolutely love it. I feel a part of an artistic process dating back to the time of cave paintings. In our go-go digital age, artists still must go to the living form to capture the true essence and shape of a person. In this blog, and in my life, I am that person.

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3 Responses to “Take it all off”

  1. Diptesh Chatterjee April 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    i really liked ur article, it was very touching, it really came from ur heart and keep on writing

  2. VegasArtModel April 2, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Thank you very much for the kind words!

  3. KEITH BIRMINGHAM April 12, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    Keep writing. You have an “easy to read”, yet very descriptive way of putting (so to speak) words to paper. Enjoy L.V. It is home to my heart. I will be there ASAP.

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