There's something very empowering about modeling nude, especially at the age of 51. Let's face it, I'm not 20, or even 30 or 40-something anymore, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Even when I can be extremely critical of myself, and judge my body harshly, I view the finished photos and see a mature woman who just doesn't give a fuck any longer about what society says.
Where did our beauty standards come from anyway? I don't buy into culture's marketing-brainwashing tactics. This body of mine has delivered me through the joys and pains of this amazing life (so far) and will get me to wherever else I'm destined for.
There's beauty in the laugh-lines around my eyes - I laugh A LOT!
There's compassion in the stretch-marks on my belly - I birthed 2 incredible children!
There's power in every wrinkle on my hands - They have written stories, fed people, grown gardens, changed diapers...
There's energy in my curves - (and guys love them!)
I am mindful of who I am. I am a well-rounded goddess. I live my life deliberately. Seriously, this isn't about vanity or ego. This is about women encouraging and supporting women. Who says women over 50 can't be sexy? Certainly not this 51-year-old divine being!
Empower yourself today. You are a lovely beautiful goddess!
- Zushka Biros
Photos courtesy of: Jim L.
Why on earth would I want to pose nude for a group of photographers?
I'm not a psychologist or an authority on body image. I'm a 50-year-old woman who has suffered with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder since I was 7 years old.
I've tried therapy and support groups over the past 15 years. Although they have helped tremendously and brought awareness about this disease, I seem to slip back into self-body-hatred periodically. Sometimes it lasts for a few days, sometimes a few months. The time period doesn't matter. What does matter is, even at my age I still struggle with my body. How many women do the same thing? Does it ever end?
For a lot of us, the disease begins in early childhood. For some, it happens in pre-pubescence when our young bodies are in a metamorphose stage from child to adult. The psychological damage done to girls is appalling, both as the result of media hype and the unrealistic expectations that society places on women, and through untreated childhood abuse - verbal, physical, emotional and sexual, to which I am no stranger on all counts.