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  • Samm Lynn

    Samm Lynn

    My first nude shoot gave me many mixed feelings & I actually didn’t like it at first.

    I just couldn’t help but pick out every flaw in every picture being I was so insecure for so long but I decided to give it another try & learned not to hate the details individually but to love my body as a whole.

    After realizing my beauty, modeling nude has only boosted my confidence more with each & every shoot.

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  • Cammie Cooper

    Cammie Cooper

    I started modeling as an adult.  It's a misconception that you should be in your teens to start modeling. 
    There is no such thing as being too old to pursue a dream.  There are models in their 30s (like myself) and 40s and beyond, working and making a nice paycheck. 
    In my teens, with a friend as the photographer, I would do practice photo sessions, being silly and practicing posing. 
    Practice makes perfect!
    My first professional photo session, I was VERY nervous. 
    Thankfully the other women were very positive and made me feel comfortable. 
    They helped to make me feel comfortable and gave me some great tips. 
    Your confidence exudes in your photos. Read More
  • Ashleigh Elizabeth Nicole

    Ashleigh Elizabeth Nicole

    I admire all mediums of art.. paint, sculptures, photography, technology.

    What we are able to see with our eyes and create with our hands is all art.

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  • Cassidoria

    Cassidoria

    Art nude photography to me is about shapes; the focus is not on the attractiveness or sexual appeal of the subject. 

    Using the human form as you would with any other medium to create an idea or convey emotion.

    Similar to body painting; the nudity is not the focus the final product is.

    Clothing can create stereotypes, judgments and distraction.

    We are all human naked.

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A Fistful of Hyrkanian Steel

May 31, 2016
Author: Rich Kirby

Little-known Geek Fact: Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, did not invent Red Sonja. He did, however, create a Red Sonya (with a "Y") for one short story, "The Shadow of the Vulture" in 1934.

Sonya-with-a-Y fought against the Ottoman Turks in 16th Frank Thorne art for a Marvel Red Sonja covercentury Vienna, and was, in fact, merely a supporting, albeit colorful, character. The far better known and much-beloved-by-cosplayers Red Sonja-with-a-J came along 39 years later when Marvel Comics' writer Roy Thomas threw her into a two-part story in his Conan the Barbarian book. Thomas re-imagined Howard's Renaissance pistolero as a Hyrkanian firebrand with a broadsword in her hand and a chip on her shoulder.

Ed Benes art for a Dynamite "Red Sonja" coverNow, about that scale-mail bikini: the great British comic book artist Barry Windsor-Smith was the first to draw the She-Devil with a Sword, but he can't take the credit (or blame, if you're a member of the dreary camp who believes fantasy armor must be arrow-stopping functional as well as just plain cool-looking). Spanish artist Esteban Maroto submitted an uncomissioned sketch of Our Gal in the now famous silver skivvies to Thomas, and the first story with her new look appeared as a back-up feature in 1975's Savage Sword of Conan #1.

 

Red Sonja starred in her own book for Marvel (some Frank Thorne cover art, left) on and off through the late 70's and early 80's, reaching peak mainstream popularity with the release of the eponymously titled feature film starring Brigitte Nielsen in 1985. (We've included the original trailer for that flick below because... it's crazy!) Since 2005, Dynamite Entertainment (some Ed Benes cover art, on right) has been publishing Red Sonja and it has been consistently terrific.

Model Claire Anastasia captures the Hyborian Age hottie perfectly on the homepage, and model Tabitha Lyons injects some welcome whimsy into the persona up top. Below, cosplayers It's Raining Neon, Mandy, and Sinne Doll all present their takes on she whom Comics Buyers Guide ranked as "The Sexiest Woman in Comics."

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