You Can’t Paint My “Girls”

by Sherry Riter in Art  

Many artists across the world work professionally as body painters.

Body Paint by J GairBody Painting by E Hack 7Body Painting 2Body Painting by J. Gair 1Body Painting by E Hack 5Body Painting by E Hack 6Body Painting by E Hack 8Body Painting 9Body Painting by E Hack 10Body Painting by E Hack 11Body Painting by E Hack 12

The “wallpaper” type body painting shown in most of the photos above are from the artist, Emma Hack who is a Diverse Multimedia Artist, Skin Illustrator, Photographer and Sculptor.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, published annually, added a feature section of body painted models by Joanne Gair, a leading body paint artist whose work has been included in the magazine for ten years. Her initial claim to fame began with an August 1992 Vanity Fair Demi’s Birthday Suit cover of Demi Moore.

Sports Illustrated with Demi Moore

I will never have my body painted for multiple reasons, but the biggest would be that I would have to be unclothed. Just call me an old-fashioned prude, but I just can’t run around naked in front of everyone! Not even if my body was perfect.

Would you have your “girls” and the rest of your body painted? If your answer is “no” would you change it to “yes” if you were paid a million dollars?

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Lauren October 29, 2009 at 1:54 am

You know, in my current physical shape I wouldn't, just because I'm too self-conscience. But if I were in better shape I totally would. I actually think the body painting is really neat and for the most part really beautiful art. And like in the case of Demi on the cover, you can't even tell she's not wearing clothes it's done so well. I saw the SI swimsuit special they did a few years about it, and it was actually pretty cool. Very professional.

So yeah, if I was in better shape I would be fine with doing it. Just not right now. Unless they can paint me to look thinner lol.


2 Judy Harper October 29, 2009 at 2:09 am

No, I wouldn't, not even for a million dollars! I enjoyed this post! Again you've picked a subject that is interesting! The models incorporated into the scenery is cool! Like the door and walls! You have to look hard to see them!


3 Rook No. 17 October 29, 2009 at 2:28 am

Wow, what a beautiful collection of art! Those body painters are exquisitely talented! Well, if I had a body as gorgeous as the women in those pictures I'd be first in line for a body paint. As things currently stand however, 2 kids and several hundred french cheeses later, I'll have to pass.

Jenn @


4 KK October 29, 2009 at 3:28 am

wow, I don't even know what else to say about that. wow.


5 Opus #6 October 29, 2009 at 3:31 am

I remember seeing this sort of thing on the "girls next door" show. Typical Playboy stuff. Pretty to look at when presented like this. I don't think my post-6-baby-body would be in much demand as an art object though, lol. And with 6 kids to set an example for, I doubt the 1 mill could offset the heartache of seeing my kids get involved in the porn industry or worse.


6 Shawn October 29, 2009 at 5:13 am

Hmmmm—a million dollars? Could I have my face painted too, so no one knows who it is?

Then, and only then…..maybe.


7 Teresha@Marlie and Me October 29, 2009 at 7:42 am

I wanted to take some nude maternity photos, but I was so sick the day of the shoot that I barely made it through our poses with clothes on! Next pregnancy, I'm doing it! I might even get my boobies and bump painted. Thanks for the idea!


8 hungeryjack October 29, 2009 at 8:50 am

Good One..Keep Posting



9 Jane In The Jungle October 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I knew it would be good the minute I saw the title!
Knowing how much shaving would have to happen and sitting around being painted on all over, what if you get an itch! So no…can't paint my girls or my twat…ain't gonna happen for no amount of money!


10 Gifts By Katherine October 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Oh yes I would. Of course they'd have to paint them as deflated balloons or paint socks on me with my poor old girls tucked into them, LOL!!!!!!


11 Joy October 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I would do a lot of embarassing things for a million dollars, shame on me.


12 Suecae Sounds October 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I don't have any girls, but I enjoyed looking at these images (no surprise there, eh?)

Especially the ones where the women in question were incorporated into the background. I can't quite believe it is for real, some part of me thinks it is the work of photoshop.


13 PictureGirl October 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Amazing pictures. If I had a body like any of these models……I might. For a million.


14 Yaya October 30, 2009 at 12:12 am

I think it looks cool!


15 Carla B. Reeves October 31, 2009 at 12:57 am

Uhmmmmm…you did say ONE MILLION DOLLARS??? Didn't you? Well ok, then. I guess at my age I have no pride…but where were you 20 years ago when I "might" have looked like one of those girls….and painting my "girls" I'm so glad I still have both of them (breast cancer 20 years ago) that you can paint them any color you'd like!!! You are sooo creative..where do you find this 'stuff'. Love you and your 'red headed riter'
xoxox Carla


16 kp Libretto April 7, 2010 at 1:08 am

There have been times when clothes were such a nuisance that I would've considered it. But now, in my post-7-pregnancies body, there's no way I'd let my sagginess be emphasized with bold colors!


17 Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! August 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Hmmm. No, but yes for a million dollars. Call me a floozy if you must, but at least i'd be painted. ; )


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