Sunday, December 31, 2017

Celebrity Naturist of the Year 2017: Kate Moss

British supermodel Kate Moss is the Celebrity Naturist of the Year 2017.
Before I hear you shouting 'what?,' let me explain again that the  Celebrity Naturist might not be a true naturist who hangs out at the campsite each month or who regularly holidays at one of the well-known naturist resorts or nude beaches, but someone who is famous and who has - willingly or not - contributed to the wider acceptance of nudity.
Of course, your first reaction might be that Kate Moss is too sexual, too commercial and too unlike other 'real' persons to be considered for this honor.
Yet, despite all her ads for fashion, her sexiness and sometimes provocativeness, the negative aspects of her lifestyle, one still can't help but feel that Kate Moss sees nudity as something natural and free, and not just as a pose to get in to help sell some clothes, perfumes or magazines.
Yes, she is beautiful and shaped unlike 99 percent of other people, but does that mean that she thinks other people can't go nude?
Her relaxed attitude to nudity, and the frequent holiday shots of her topless or less, show that she is more than just a model.
Like Australia's Elle MacPherson, Kate Moss makes you feel she sees nudity as a normal aspect of life, of humanity.
If because of her, one woman anywhere else feels that yes, she too can do things without clothes, whether sunbathing, swimming, sitting at home naked, wandering around the house or garden naked, then Kate Moss deserves her title of Celebrity Naturist of the Year 2017.
As we are looking toward 2018, one would only hope that more celebrities are brave enough to come out and say they are naturists, just like over the past few years many have 'outed' themselves as gay.
(Photo above by Rankin.)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Real Naturists of the Year 2017: Naked Wanderings

 Belgian couple Nick and Lins of Naked Wanderings are our Real Naturists of the Year 2017.

They discovered naturism and decided to travel around the world and visit naturist resorts, hotels and beaches along the way.
It might not sound original to people who have been naturists for, say, 30 years, and have spent every annual holiday naked at resorts or campings in Spain, France, Croatia or Florida, but it's the enthusiasm that counts.
Nick and Lins went from not knowing anything about naturism to raving enthusiasts, so much so they don't want to have any other holidays but naturist ones and they are willing to travel the world to find out different naturist and cultural experiences.
It feels like what I would have wanted to do. I've been around at least part of the world and had naturist experiences on three continents, but at a much slower rate, spread over several decades.
It all began for me in what was then Yugoslavia, at Koversada in present-day Croatia, and over the years I practiced naturism, mostly on nude beaches, in places like Santa Barbara, California, the Swedish island of Oland, Biograd na Moru again in Croatia/Yugoslavia, Greece, Groede in the Netherlands, Valalta near Rovinj in Croatia, Bredene in Belgium, and Pattaya, Thailand.
The world has grown much smaller since and the naturist part of it much larger, with naturist beaches or resorts now available from Peru and Brazil to South Africa, New Zealand and Thailand.
We wish Nick and Lins the best on their travels, and as any traveling couple should have, they place their reports and opinions on a blog - - and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Do Celebrities Hurt or Help?

British supermodel Kate Moss has recorded a promotional video for fashion house Saint Laurent. The unanimous focus in media reports was on her appearing topless in the ads, which, first of all, for Kate Moss, is nothing out of the ordinary, and secondly, for any European woman on the beach, is not that far out of the ordinary either.
So do celebrities appearing topless or naked, either on the beach themselves, or in ads and on posters, help or hurt the cause of non-sexual social nudity?
The ads of course are never related to naturism, since they are only topless and mostly not related to typical naturist activities such as swimming, sunbathing or beach sports. They also only feature 'beautiful' people, models with the body sizes, dimensions and looks unlikely to come in for criticism. Too many comments on naturism go in the direction of body shaming, such as saying people who are not models should not go naked in the first place.
There is also the sexual dimension, which in ads for fashion will always be there.
As long as the ads are not overtly sexual in nature, I believe that ones like the Kate Moss photos above do help in making social nudity more acceptable.
That's why each year, by the end of December, I  come up with a 'Celebrity Naturist of the Year' award as well as a 'Real Naturist of the Year' winner. It's difficult to tell whether those celebrities are true naturists, some of them are, some of them aren't, but I still believe they play a role in promoting social nudity in a world where false modesty is making a return.
For the full Kate Moss/Saint Laurent video, visit Harper's Bazaar at
Photos courtesy of Saint Laurent, as published in The Sun and The Daily Mail UK.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Naturist dining, the French way

(Photo courtesy of tweeter anpnaturiste75 as shown at Taiwan's Apple Daily website)

Eating in the nude  might still sound strange or even dangerous - due to the risk of hot substances like soup and coffee spilling - but is making inroads into the culinary scene.
Of course, any naturist has eaten naked before - at home or at naturist resorts. When I visited a Croatian resort about a decade ago, my biggest surprise was that you could actually not be naked in their restaurant, but luckily they had a beach bar and a pool bar where that was not a problem, and it shouldn't be anywhere.
The new trend is that nude or naturist dining is expanding outside the relative isolation of the naturist resort into the "mainstream" - unfortunately still textile - world. After an experiment with the Bunyadi in London earlier this year, we now have a full-time naturist restaurant - the O'Naturel in Paris.
The media reports, which you will find easily if you search online, all mention the somewhat temporary appearance of a naturist park near Paris, a phenomenon which has been more than temporary in nearby Germany.
O'Naturel works only with reservations, is only open for dinner from 7:30 to 11 each evening, and closes on Sundays and Mondays.
Due to the nature of our society, the privacy of the customers has to be guaranteed by heavy curtains outside, while inside there are seats for 40 guests.
As a naturist myself, I am more concerned about the quality and pricing of the food. According to media reports, prices for a dish start at 32 euro.
Every attempt to bring more acceptance for naturism in society at large, whether by opening a new resort such as the Phuan Naturist Village from my previous post, or launching a naturist restaurant, is a worthwhile endeavor that deserves our support.
While our ideal that non-sexual social nudity becomes completely acceptable, and that we therefore can walk around and dine or brunch naked whenever and wherever the weather allows, might still be far away, a venture like the naturist restaurant brings it one step closer.
The restaurant's website is and of course, they also have a Facebook page.
You can find the Chinese-language Apple Daily Taiwan report at

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Thailand's latest naturist village: Phuan

Thailand has taken yet another step forward to cement its position as the leading destination for naturists in Asia.
This month, the Phuan Naturist Village opens its doors to guests in Sattahip, the next town on the coast about 20 km south from Pattaya, which itself is a mere one-and-a-half-hour bus ride from Bangkok and from its international airport, Suvarnabhumi.
Of course, Pattaya itself already has a naturist hotel, the Chan Resort, in an alley or "soi" off busy Thappraya Road, the street which links Pattaya to the Jomtien area to the south.
While the Chan Resort is a hotel building with swimming pool within reach of public transportation and the lively city, Phuan Naturist Village is more of a resort with 5 bungalows, 4 villas and a swimming pool with waterfall set in the countryside.
The website also says there is a game room, a fitness room, karaoke and sauna, and the pool is 7 by 17 meters large.
According to a story on a Dutch naturist website (, the village was founded by four sisters, who chose the name 'Phuan,' which means friend in Thai. Nevertheless, the website itself says it was one young Thai woman who was 'converted' to naturism, talked to her friends about it, and persuaded them to open a naturist resort together.
Anyway, we wish them all the luck.
It's great for Thailand to be able to lead the way on naturism in the region, with a vibrant naturist association and already several naturist resorts spread out over the country from north to south. The country has become an example for the establishment and expansion of naturism in a country which on the surface, looks like it might not welcome the practice.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Goodbye, Young Naturists of America

Seven years after their foundation, the Young Naturists of America are closing down at the end of this year.
I know how hard it must be, and I've never even started. Building an organization, having it run successfully, it's all a lot of work.
My dream has always been to introduce and promote naturism in Taiwan, a country which unlike Europe, has no tradition of sunbathing, due both to the harsh tropical sun and to the local beauty ideal of having a skin as white as possible. Add to that legal restrictions on public nudity, with even advertising far less nude than what I saw back in Europe decades ago.
Setting up a naturist organization here would require people who are willing and able to devote the time and effort, and the publicity, to the cause.
First of all, most people interested in naturism have full-time jobs, and in Taiwan, that often means really full-time. After the day's and the week's chores, they must find the time to organize activities, but also to write promotional material and distribute it.
Setting up and running an organization also demands a level of bureaucracy which can temper one's enthusiasm for the cause. Legal requirements, the filling in of lots of forms, the registration process, the setting up of a website, all those are only the beginning.
An organization needs members, and then you have to seek out and filter who is suitable to join, you have to find where the true naturists are, you have to persuade the doubters, and you have to weed out those who are fake naturists and who might harm the image of naturism at large.
You have to have people who are familiar with the legal requirements, you have to have web-savvy members who can maintain, update and protect the website, you have to have people who know how and where to organize activities in a country which doesn't tolerate nude beaches or resorts, you have to find enough people who are free at the right time and who have the means to reach wherever you hold those activities.
Add to that, a raucous and intrusive press which is likely to give your organization a bad name just for the shock value of it, and you can understand why a naturist organization has not yet emerged in Taiwan.
There is a naturist forum though, at, and then there is the glowing example of Thailand, a nearby country with a similar naturism-reluctant culture.
With the Young Naturists of America saying goodbye, we wish naturists, young, not so young, or old, the best of luck, and we hope new organizations can emerge to fill the void.
For the goodbye letter from Young Naturists of America, read here:
Image courtesy of Young Naturists of America.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wandering the world, the naturist way

Social media, most of them based in the United States, are notoriously uptight when it comes to nudity, with their watchers or censors making no distinction whatsoever between lewdness and porn on the one hand and non-sexual daily nudity - naturism - on the other hand.
Nevertheless, the Belgian couple Nick and Lins obviously have found a smart way around it, as you can see in the picture above from their Instagram account.
The couple suddenly appeared in the media worldwide over the past few weeks, as they advocate traveling the world 'as naked as you can.'
To some of the less-informed media - who still confuse the terms 'naturism' and 'naturalism' - that might seem funny or original, but the naturist traveler already has plenty of spaces around the world to practice freedom.
The unfortunate thing is that many times, naturists still have to go look far and away in distant corners to find a beach or resort he can call his second home.
I remember when I was traveling as a backpacker around Europe, I had to walk miles over rocky terrain to find a beach which had been marked in a publication as 'nudist-friendly.' Sometimes, that beach was just a stretch of steep rocks between a path and the sea, where you had to look hard to find a flat spot where you could lie down.
While in today's world, naturist beaches might still be few and far between, at least they have expanded across the continents.
Nick and Lins mostly concentrate on Europe in general and the Balkans in particular, where you can find anything from a stretch of beach reserved for naturism to an all-in resort or even naturist sea cruises.
However, naturism has already crossed the borders of Europe and North America to reach countries far and away: Brazil, South Africa and Thailand, to name but a few, all have different opportunities for naturists.
So what Nick and Lins want you to do, travel the world as naked as you can, is really becoming more and more possible.
You can find their blog at and of course, they're also present on Instagram and Facebook, while if you google 'Belgian naturist couple,' you're likely to find all the recent media reports about how their naturist story started on a loud camping ground in Luxembourg.