Ever since the beginning of time, there has always been one thing that awakens interest in people – nudity. Titillation based on uncovered flesh is something that gets people talking and is a staple in advertising and promoting. But how much nudity is too much? And what can you get away with on Instagram? We tell you everything you need to know about Instagram nudity in this article.
Summary: 5 Minutes read, Level: Entertainment
There is no doubt that sex is something which drives people to buy things and nudity, even partial nudity, is more than enough to gain interest from many quarters. But in this age of equality, is it still ok to use sex and nudity to sell or promote something? It’s a tricky subject, for sure, but there is still a place for nudity. We have been conditioned through the years to believe that nudity = sex, but that isn’t necessarily the case. The human body is not only sexual, and it need not be viewed in such a way.
A lot of art contains nudity and there has never been a suggestion that studying the human form for painting is in any way sexual. The same can also be said of photography. Black and white nude pictures have been around for a long time, and not always in seedy top shelf publications either. So how can you combine non-sexual nudity and Instagram? The simple answer is humour.
These days there are a lot of people who are uncomfortable with their bodies and the way they look. This is mostly because of societal norms which are forced upon us by the media. It’s not only women who feel this way because of airbrushed, size 0 models which adorn the pages of fashion magazines either, men are also often intimidated by men with their shirts off, showing perfect washboard abs. These supposedly typical images which have been used to sell and promote products for many years have had an adverse effect on body image, but now the tide is turning.
In Australia, a group of people decided that they would show how diverse bodies can be with a series of Instagram photographs. They combined a traditional Australian summer pastime, backyard cricket, with disrobing for fun. It was all done with a smile and the resulting pictures had millions of likes and thousands of positive comments. The nude pictures were not sexual at all and the participants’ modesty was kept intact throughout. Through this humorous display it was obvious that all bodies are different and that very few look like the versions which are seen in magazines. It was all a very positive experience.
On Instagram, as with all other social media platforms, there are rules governing what can and can’t be posted. Nudity comes into focus in several of these rules.
You can go in to Instagram or any other social media platform and read the terms and conditions before posting photographs containing nudity if you’re still unsure.
So, you’ve decided that you will post pictures with nudity for fun and now you’re wondering how to go about it. There are a few things you need to take into consideration.
Is there a nudity limit?
As with anything, too much of a good thing can have a negative effect. Unless you’re a naturist, then every post on your Instagram page should not include nudity. As with anything else, you’ll find what the right level is for this soon enough.
You can use nudity in social media posts for fun, to raise awareness for something or even to promote a product or service. Even bloggers are getting in on the act. This is a great time for promoting body diversity. We’re all different and should celebrate the fact.
Nudity can be a very powerful marketing tool if it’s used correctly. But what if you’re not comfortable disrobing in front of a camera? That’s perfectly alright. You can hire models or even ask friends if they are willing to do it. Some people are shyer than others and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you are comfortable with it though , then go for it! If you are not interested in promoting your social media channels this way, it´s totally alright as well.