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Monday, 17 October 2016

Nudity

The earliest known European statue of a female nude is the Willendorf Venus, dated to between 22,000 and 30,000 years ago.

The ancient Egyptians wore the minimum of clothing and children went without clothing until puberty, at about age 12. Women entertainers performed naked.

Nude women entertainers perform at a celebration in Ancient Egypt;

In AD 380 the church issued a law specifically forbidding anyone to read the Bible whilst naked. People had been trying to emulate the innocence of Adam and Eve by taking their clothes off before services.

The modern Age of Nudity began in 1933 when dancer Sally Rand took it all off at the Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition. She kept the police away by holding two fans in front of her while she danced.

When otherwise unknown actress Maggie Wright, playing Helen of Troy in an Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dr Faustus in 1968 , she became the first woman to appear nude on the mainstream UK stage.

When the actor Burt Reynolds appeared nude in a Cosmopolitan centerfold in 1972 he became the first man to pose naked for a magazine.

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