Four Women Revealed Why They Decided To Become Nude Models For Millionaire Instagram Artist Sophie teadespite being insecure about their bodies.
The women paraded proudly down the catwalk during the British artist’s Australian show, dressed in nothing but underwear and a coat of paint.
Sophie Tea is known for her powerful artwork featuring nude women of all shapes and sizes, each of whom is beautiful in their own way.
Four women have revealed why they decided to become nude models for millionaire Instagram artist Sophie Tea, despite being insecure about their bodies
Sophie, who previously told Femail that she will no longer paint nudes, has been empowering women with her art for years
Sophie Tea, the millionaire Instagram artist became known for her powerful portraits of naked women and is moving on to new things – despite selling over $9 million worth of work in just 12 months
And her live art reflects that idea with women of all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities being invited to sign up as “nudie” at each of her events.
Ellen Colfer, Rani Gale-Driscoll, Julie Van-Zhu and Sharon Oakley were among a small group of women chosen by Sophie and her team for the show in Manly last month.
Thousands of women applied for the honor after the artist posted an appeal via Instagram.
Each painted by Sophie, they strode down the catwalk to a live audience, photographers, a film crew and people around the world watching live streams of the show.
Since the show Sophie revealed, she will no longer paint nudes, despite her million dollar success that started as a passion project to empower women.
She is pictured here with her team of women for the second show
“We’ve all struggled with our bodies at one time or another,” she told the Daily Mail Australia after the show.
“I’ve always wanted bigger breasts, and I’ve had a nose job,” she said, even admitting: A beautiful young woman has had her share of self-doubt.
The women reveal why they chose to help Sophie empower women, each with a unique story of trauma and self-discovery.
The women were each painted by Sophie and strode down the catwalk to a live audience, photographers, a film crew and people around the world watching live streams of the show.
Breast cancer survivor Sharon Oakley wanted to step out of her comfort zone to celebrate being disease-free for three years.
She decided to sign up to be a part of the show, thinking it would be the best way to celebrate who she is today.
“I started following Sophie last year when I saw one of her artwork on someone else’s Instagram page and I immediately fell in love with her style. The colors, the layers, the fact that she used real women’s photos as inspiration,” she said.
Breast cancer survivor Sharon Oakley wanted to step out of her comfort zone to celebrate three years of disease free
Then she saw the nudes in the artist’s shop in London – and she knew she had to be one.
“I wanted to show other over-55s and plus size women that it wasn’t too late to do something outrageous,” she said.
“I’m hoping to get enough exposure to start a conversation about Life After Treatment for all my fellow tit chicks.”
‘Often we are left with PTSD and are physically and mentally frightened when our treatment is completed. We have many side effects of the treatment and the aftercare.’
Sharon was the last model on the runway, hand in hand with Sophie to end the show.
JULIE OF ZHU
Julie revealed that she wanted to join in because she was finally “mentally here” after being able to fully accept herself.
“I want to peel off my layers so I can show how mentally strong I can be, and I don’t care what society thinks of me,” she said.
“I’ve taken my life for granted, I’ve taken my friends and family and strangers for granted.”
She said she always pushed herself too hard and said her family expected nothing less because she is of Asian descent.
“When I was in my thirties, I was in a rush to be the best of the best – being the perfect mom, being the perfect wife, having the perfect body, having the perfect car, having the perfect house, making great healthy dinners, healthier snacks for the kids, read those books to them, work, get the money, clean, wash,” she said.
Julie revealed she wanted to be naked because she was finally ‘mentally here’ after being able to fully accept herself after a lifetime of trying to be ‘perfect’
“I’ve ignored my mental health and mostly put my postpartum depression aside because of? I was afraid not to belong.’
For the past two years, the ‘perfect’ mother has put her own mental health first.
“We’re not supposed to take on all these challenges and be okay. It was okay for me not to have a good day. It was okay for my kids not to have that healthy meal. It was okay with me if my kids kicked and cried,” she said.
“It was always okay, no matter what rules and expectations people might think. I am now and finally comfortable with what I am and who I am.’
Over the past two years, Julie has quit her high-flying job, said goodbye to toxic friendships, and figured out where to draw lines about being perfect.
She says she hoped to show the world how powerful women are and help others find inner strength and courage through her appearance on the show.
Rani said that following Sophie Tea online has given her confidence as a woman.
“I’ve had a terrible relationship with my body for as long as I can remember and to be honest I’m not happy with the way I look naked,” she revealed.
Explaining her body has become the “punching bag” for all her fear.
Rani said following Sophie Tea online has given her confidence as a woman
“I’m at peace with the fact that the most important thing is what my heart and soul look like. I hope one day to love my physical appearance, but I am happy and slowly getting their appearance.”
She also explained that she has a number of chronic health issues that have led to weight gain and her negative feelings about her body.
When Ellen first heard of Sophie’s call, she wished she was the kind of person with the confidence to apply.
Her next thought was, ‘I’m 34, why shouldn’t I’.
“I have a genetic condition called Elhers Danlos syndrome that has caused a host of health problems,” she said.
When Ellen first heard of Sophie’s call, she wished she was the kind of person with the confidence to apply. Her next thought was: I’m 34, why shouldn’t I?
Ellen says she has very thin, almost translucent skin because of her genetic condition.
“This has bothered me so much all my life that I would wear jeans to the beach,” she said.
She decided she needed to gain more confidence, so she applied to participate with the aim of learning to love herself a little more.
Sophie Tea will give her last show in London on July 10.
The artist is from the UK but now lives in Sydney and has sold $9 million worth of art in just 12 months.