Why Sharon Stone Posing Nude At 57 Should Inspire Any Woman.
So why should another Hollywood star posing nude in a fashion magazine be inspiring? It’s nearly old hat now, celebrities going nude somewhere. Yet this is a bit different, even for celebrity folk.
For a perspective, it is interesting to consider why she posed nude 23 years ago in Playboy. She was changing her image, for herself, for the public perception of her and critically for how she wanted to be seen. Up to that point she was viewed as a geekish, bookish plain woman. Which she proclaims she was and still is; that part of her remains, just not in the spotlight.
Doing the Playboy shoot was a huge risk and personally scary but she knew it would make her bolder. Risk does that, doing something scary, with a purpose, will change you. Doing something scary is different from being scared. For example, going to a very effective horror movie will scare you, give you the fright promised but it won’t change you. It’s the nature of that thrill.
Doing something that challenges you; scares you that way; that will change you. For some it is facing a fear; then being free of it. Leaping from a plane, taking on a grueling marathon run or having a nude portrait done; these things reveal more about you to yourself than the actual event.
So your nude experience may not include a feature layout in an international magazine, but it will be very impactful.
Now back to today for Sharon Stone. Getting to this point has not been a bed of roses, except for the thorns part. In 2001 she had an aneurysm-triggered stroke that damaged one side of her face. Afterwards she had to learn how to walk again, how to read, plus lose a stutter. Really critical stuff if you are an actress.
It took this much time to climb back. To celebrate that, she did her second nude photo shoot at 57. She explains that she is comfortable in her skin again. I think the nude layout is her statement to that. She is also not trying to compete with 20 year olds. No plastic surgery to salvage her youth.
It was an interesting insight that she found this nude photo shoot easier to do, (she had less nerves), than her Playboy shoot when she was in her 30s. This time: “She is well aware that perfection is an illusion at any age.” wrote the Harper Bazaar writer interviewing her for their Sept 2015 issue.
She has a powerful perspective now of what sexy is. “I’m aware that my ass looks like a bag of flapjacks,” she jokes. “But I’m not trying to be the best-looking broad in the world. At a certain point you start asking yourself, ‘What really is sexy?’ It’s not just the elevation of your boobs. It’s being present and having fun and liking yourself enough to like the person that’s with you.”
So this is why it should inspire women. It’s both the boldness of it and the empowerment of it. It’s exciting; it can be scary to start yet once you do your nervousness all but vanishes. It becomes a touch stone moment; a high water mark in your life.
It does not really matter your shape or your age because it is a celebration of who you are without barriers that clothes bring. It is honest and delightful. It is a moment of outrageousness that brings you alive in a strange wonderful way.
At the very least dropping a comment of what you did in a dull or slow conversation brings it to life.
Perhaps following Sharon Stone’s example will have you being an inspiration to someone else.
You can read Sharon’s full interview in this months Harper’s Bazaar Her images were photographed by Mark Abrams.