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I started my @nude_yogagirl instagram account in November 2015, when I was 25-years old. I found a new way to express myself by bringing all of my passions together: photography, yoga and writing. When I was younger I did modeling and I struggled a lot with my body. Yoga helped me to accept and love myself fully. I learned that it doesn’t matter how we look, everything starts from our mind. I want to encourage others to try yoga but also to be who they really are. I think my art supports my message “You are beautiful exactly the way you are”.
My boyfriend helps me a lot and he is the one who takes the photos. We started this journey from our own little home studio and during the first year we published only black and white photos taken in different studios. After the first year we started to travel together to photograph in different places around the world. So I decided to expand to color photos too. We have photographed in Bali, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Lapland and United States so far.
For me the most important thing has been the community. In autumn 2017 I created the tag #NYGyoga. There are many nude yoga photos where people share their stories about self-love under this hashtag. I also receive photos and stories daily to my mail and direct messages as I weekly publish a photo collage on my Instagram page. It has been amazing to see how people support each other and take time to celebrate their unique bodies.
When I started I never could have guessed what would happen. After a few months I had already 300 000 followers and after 4 years 1 Million followers. I want to stay anonymous. That’s mainly because it’s not about who but about what my account stands for. Even if I’m anonymous, I still feel that I have given a lot of myself because I’m very honest and open in my Instagram captions. I feel a very close connection with the people who have shared this journey with me so far.
Someone asks why naked? I think nude is the most natural way – we are born like that. When I tried this kind of photos for the first time I thought I was able to show nudity in a ‘’not sexual way’’. And of course, without clothes it’s more challenging to photograph: I like to think about what kind of shapes I can create with my body so that my most intimate parts and face are covered or hidden with shadows.
I want to remind people that we all are unique and that’s our power.