Nude Yoga Girl first appeared on Instagram less than a month ago. To a certain extent, her account is precisely as advertised: a girl, nude, doing yoga. But it looks like nothing else on yoga Instagram — or nudity Instagram, for that matter.
The account consists solely of dramatic black-and-white photos of the 25-year-old model and photographer doing advanced yoga poses in the buff, with expert use of shadows to keep things SFW. No mountaintops, no pine trees; no bedroom furniture or anything suggesting this is all an elaborate thirst trap. Occasionally she will wear shoes or jewelry, sometimes including fashion credits. It’s all calm, sophisticated, and as tasteful as a photo of a nude yoga girl can be.
In the past month, she’s accumulated more than 33,000 followers. People leave comments on her photos to tag friends, but also to say that they appreciate her athleticism, her photography, and her openness on topics like her formerly restrictive diet and how she found self-acceptance through yoga. As she told the Cut, “The account is anonymous, but I still want to be close with my followers, and I try to do it with my captions.”
English isn’t her native language, so Nude Yoga Girl — who even signs notes with that appellation — spoke to the Cut via email about modeling, body image, and who’s pushing the shutter button.
How long have you been practicing yoga? Where do you do it?
I’ve practiced yoga for many years and started practicing it daily this year. I got a boost of inspiration from understanding that it’s more about the feeling you get inside than flexibility and pos[ing]. I do yoga mainly at home but sometimes also in studios, and I do guided yoga classes on the internet.
What have you learned from yoga?
I’ve been working in an industry that is purely based on looks since I was 15. Yoga has taught me that the most important thing is how I feel, not how I look from the outside. During yoga classes everybody just concentrates on their practice; people don’t compare each other or care how anybody looks. When I practice yoga, I have learned to be fully in the moment, and my mind doesn’t wander elsewhere. That is precious in my busy weekly schedule.
Do you stay active in other ways besides yoga?
I do many kinds of sports in my free time — running outdoors, core workouts, and dancing are probably the main ones. At the moment yoga is the biggest part of my training. Continue reading >>